Trekking in Provence offers walking in the spectacularly wild and unspoiled Northern Provence, notably in the Drôme Baronnies, one of the most sparsely populated regions of France...
Come and see Provence as you’ve never seen it——on foot, in the countryside,unhurried and relaxing, or sporty and challenging, with new experiences around every corner.
My trips are for travellers not tourists!
Fantastic scenery, verdant hillsides, rocky gorges, rugged summits, trails bordered by abundant aromatic flora, vultures soaring overhead; charming villages, superb gourmet regional food and wines….this is authentic rural France, far from the souless crowded tourist centres.
"We would rate this as one of our all-time favorite hiking spots. The weather was perfect, the landscape and colors were amazing and Hilary provided a different hiking experience every day. Did I mention the food and wine? We will definitely go back!"
Loree and Dave oct 2015
"I wasn’t prepared for the stunning scenery - jaw-dropping limestone crags circled by olives and vines. And vultures! Wonderful hikes, company, food and wine – all I’ve come to expect from Hilary”
Louise May 2013
“Beautiful landscapes, enticing scents, fantastic food and great company. Planning my retirement as a Provençal olive farmer!”
Sara May 2013
"Just back from a wonderful week walking in Provence with Hilary Sharp and Trekking in Provence. As ever superbly organised by Hilary, the walks took us to places we would never have found by ourselves, in stunning countryside with always a fine view at the top. Varying from the properly hard to the more gentle, walks are always enhanced by Hilary's knowledge of the area, its history, flowers and wildlife - a day in the company of vultures, for example. For a day off, there is so much to see and so many old Provençal towns and villages to visit, too. We stayed in a delightful traditional French hotel in a medieval Provençal village, with wonderful food and of course wine, which much enhanced the whole experience, and we can't wait for our next opportunity to explore even more of this fascinating region in the company of Hilary and Trekking in Provence."
John and Jen May 2015
‘Just enjoyed my third trip with Hilary and the first with her in Provence. Some magnificent walking country around Mont Ventoux, Dentelles de Montmirail, and the Ouveze valley, superb autumn colours in mid-October and temperatures and visibility ideal for walking. The base hotel in Mollans used by Hilary is excellent value although the pool temperature at 15C was too cool to tempt me in. As always Hilary’s walk planning and pace well fitted the diverse needs of both my wife and myself! ‘
John and Chris Oct 2015
New trip for 2017: Gorgeous Provence
We'll start not far from the Côte d'Azur, hiking with lovely coastal views, then head inland to explore the spectacular Verdon Gorge. Very comfortable accommodation, offering traditional Provençal fare, will complete this exciting trip.
New for 2017 - ENGLISH IN THE MOUNTAINS
Pour tous ceux qui voudraient apprendre l'anglais dans un milieu décontracté et sympas je vous propose des balades and randos à la demi-journée et journée, et on parlera l'anglais à votre niveau.
Peaks and Passes of Northern Provence was a new trip for 2016. This was truly spectacular. Take a look at some shots here https://goo.gl/photos/wJDUayjB2Pyo29UM9
This trip is based in the area that bridges the gap between the foothills of the high Alps and the more central region of Provence where my classic trips take place. We were hiking through lavender fields, and beautiful beech woods. Teh scenery is wild, and our trails took us to high plateaus formed by steep cliffs and deep gorges. Thjis is a two base holidays and we stayed at a very traditional auberge for the first three nights and the last night. the otehr three nights were spent at a new auberge in a stunning location near to the famous Foret de Saou.
This trip is the perfect option for those looking for an authentic hiking experience in a most beautiful and little known rural region of France.
Trekking in Provence T shirts now available here: www.trekkingtshirts.com/trekking_in_provence.html
These are perfect hiking T shirts and you can choose to have the Trekking in Provence logo small or large on the front. Lots of delicious colours available.
The Autumn Provence Summits was a great success, the colours being truly spectacular.Take a look at this gallery: https://goo.gl/ihEuIM
The May 2015 week was the best yet! A small but really sociable group enjoyed perfect weather and some really good hikes. Some folks were back for the second time so we went to some new places as well as the real classics. We all especially enjoyed a day in and around the small and bustling town of Buis les Baronnies where we visited the Provençal market in the morning. This is definitely the best market I've been to with so much local produce and lots of great cafés too. After that some of the group rode bikes up a remote and pretty valley whilst others did a half day summit hike. Click this link to see shots from the latest trip https://goo.gl/Qnqe6l
The May 2014 trip was very successful. Perfect weather all week allowed us to do all planned walks. Take a look at the photo gallery from this year's trip http://goo.gl/XYqh6b
Take a look at this great short vidoe clip produced by the region of La Drôme Provençale which sums exactly what this part of Provence is all about. http://goo.gl/9PP6Jb
Here's an article I wrote about Provence hiking for the Cicerone Press online magazine