These are a few of the suggested regions that have been tried and tested by Frenchtours guides:

UK : The Scottish West Highland Way. Magnificent scenery, regularly spaced overnight stops.

UK : The Lake District. Our itinerary includes Roman roads, poets’ homes, dry stone walls, Beatrix Potter’s home, cosy pubs.

UK : Offa’s Dyke Path. The rolling hills of the Welsh English border are easy to negotiate, and the itinerary includes the majestic ruins of Tintern Abbey, the valley of the River Wye, evidence of ancient man.

France : The vineyards of the Rhone Valley. We stroll, quite literally, through the fields of vines. We walk along the towing paths of tranquil canals, and through villages unchanged in centuries.

France : Picardy is barely known to outsiders, and yet it has a generous mix of forests, sea coast, rivers, historic medieval battlefields. There are no mountains, but the gentle rolling, countryside is ideal for the older rambler/hiker.

Germany : The region of Vogtland lies in the former East Germany. It’s very picturesque, and well signposted, although few of the inhabitants speak English. The villages are welcoming, the beer superb. Michael knows the area well, and German is his third language.