/ climbing locations in France
Was hoping someone could help me with finding a climbing location in central France. A few times a year I drive from the UK to Pau in the south of France for work, sometimes going via Brussels.
Does anyone know of any good places to stop off for a half day climbing along the way? Somewhere towards Limoges or Toulouse would be ideal, as would multi-pitch sports or trad routes.
What would be the best guide book?
Many thanks Ben
Not quite a direct answer, but there is (or used to be) a map you could buy of France which showed the location of all the main crags. Haven't seen it for a while, but you used to be able to get it in some service stations.
Just found it on the Stanfords site: http://travel.stanfords.co.uk/search?w=escalade&asug=
It's not actually a guide, but as I'm sure you'll know,you can normally get a guide in the bookshop in the nearest town.
Saussois and Surgy are both near Auxerre, about an hour south of Paris. There are some good looking climbs there, and maybe some multi pitch at Saussois, but even 20 years ago it was very polished on the easier routes.
If it's the IGN map it's probably a bit out of date, but very useful for giving an indication of where there are concentrations of crags.
Also useful is this:
We used it as a bible for when we went to out of the way places.
The only link I can find about it is below:
Another vote for Saussois though, and I think there are lots of crags around Toulouse, Perpignan etc
Great link thanks
Bil Birkett wrote a selective guide to climbing in France called French Rock.
Think it's about 12 years old now. I always meant to set up a climb and wine tour as a number of crags are near vineyards. For instance Fixin is near Gevrey Chambertin.
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