Many walkers and cyclsts will be familiar with walking and cycling paths created on disused railway lines cutting through the countryside. But in the middle of Paris? The Promenade Plantée provides a walk through the western half of Paris, from close to the Bois de Vincennes, into the Bastille area. At various points it provides a high-level viewpoint onto the adjacent streets and the Gare de Lyon.
You can join it at various points as it passes through suburban streets and parkland along its 4.5 km lenght. I ran along it one lunchtime in early August and it was busy with people out enjoying the fresh air, taking a short walk before going back to work or sitting and relaxing with a baguette or a newspaper.
If you are looking for a more ambitious walk, you can combine it with a hike around the Bois de Vincennes in the east, or the Port de Plaisance de Paris Arsenal, the Jardin des Plantes and Paris Plage in the centre of Paris. The metro makes a linear route easy to organise.
- I'll remember this most for the experience of following a green route slicing through Paris
- The best bit was the section over a suspension bridge above the Jardin de Reuilly as people sunbathed below
- The refreshments available in the Jardin de Reuilly came just at the right time!
- This was a reminder of the diversity of paths that exist in many cities
Contributed by Andrew Llanwarne - September 2010< Back to France page for links to other stories
|Date walked||3 August 2010|
|Walk type||Town and City walks|
|Difficulty||Suitable for anyone who enjoys an easy walk|
|Distance||2.5 miles / 4.5km|
|Time taken||1 hrs 30 mins|
|Map used||IGN Paris map, 1:12,000|
|Walk source info||Rough Guide to Paris|
|Getting there||Metro to St Mand? or Chateau de Vincennes|
|Places to stay||Plenty - this is Paris!|
|Other features||Jardin des Plantes and Bois de Vincennes.|