Wednesday, March 26, 2014

X marks the spot

These little symbols are everywhere in France. Maybe even Europe, but I don't know about that. They have to do with walking paths, trails, randonnées. The "x" means that you don't go this way. If you are following a trail, you go where the horizontal lines point. The "x" tells you that the trail does not go that way.

X marks the way not to go.

I'm not an aficionado. I don't know what the different colors mean, and I assume they mean something or other. But I've followed a few of the local paths and learned a little about how to read the signs.

4 comments:

  1. Many rural communes have waymarked local trails, and a set of leaflets showing the route, places of interest, viewpoints etc. Each trail is marked with a different colour. That's all. Looking at our leaflets for Touraine du Sud, the colours themselves don't mean anything. P.

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  2. Search Wikipedia for "GR footpath" (Grande Randonnée) and you'll get a brief explanation of the red and white marked paths. Looks to be quite the network. According to my map of paths in Amboise, the GR3 passes through here.

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    1. Thanks Stuart for the Wikipedia info!

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  3. Red and White is for the Grande Route which can cross all over Europe; the red and yellow are usually for inside a department only. Sometimes they run together. They are the ancient 'highways', well before the coming of cars and carts.

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