Forests cover nearly 30% of mainland France. Some of the oldest and most splendid of these are to be found in the northern half of the country, from the department of the Somme to the Loir-et-Cher. A chance to spend a few days travelling through these forests and recharging your batteries in these verdant spaces where Mother Nature has reigned for centuries. Careful. You might get to like it!
Where to sleep : at the hotelF1 in Abbeville (proche Crécy), Dieppe (near Eawy), Venette (near Compiègne), Écuelles (Moret Fontainebleau), Olivet or La Chapelle-Saint-Mesmin (near Orléans), Blois (near Chambord).
• Enjoy a bouldering session at the natural rock-climbing site in the forest of Fontainebleau with its hundreds of sandstone boulders.
• Visit the unbelievable Château de Chambord and lose yourself in Europe's largest enclosed forest park.