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Maps, GPS and Notes

Walking and cycling maps and notes tailored to your route

When you book with Belle France, you can be sure you’ll be looked after, not just in our hotels, but also while you’re out and about. Three weeks before your departure, we send you a tailored travel pack which includes all the essentials for your trip.

Your tailored travel pack

Within your travel pack, you’ll receive comprehensive route notes with integrated IGN mapping (the French equivalent of Ordnance Survey.) The accompanying notes detail symbols for the types of paths and roads the map uses, as well as common terminology.

A member of our team has been on every holiday we offer, so the walking or cycling notes we provide thoroughly describe each day’s route based on our own experience. They make reference to any waymarking you may encounter, as well as places to buy lunch or any prior planning that is necessary. Where applicable, places of interest or spectacular viewpoints are recorded so that you don’t miss out on the highlights.


We endeavour to keep our walking and cycling notes up to date, revisiting parts of routes or travelling the entire route again, but should you encounter any errors please let us know so that we can make the necessary amendments.


Belle France now offers GPS route navigation on many of our cycling holidays, simply look for the 'GPS on-demand' icon on our holiday pages. Our app partner RideWithGPS provide the following features:

  • Voice Navigation in the mobile app, including alerts when you're off your route.
  • Offline Maps in the mobile app, downloadable prior to your holiday to save your mobile data.
  • PDF Maps + Cuesheets (turn by turn directions)
  • Advanced Turn Notifications, prepare for an upcoming change of direction.

If your chosen holiday hasn't yet been mapped, please ask and we'll endeavour to add it to the app.

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