Horse trekking in France

In a nutshell

  • Wonderful trail ride in Alpine scenery
  • Take part in a centuries old tradition of bi-annual stock movement from the mountains to the Mediterranean
  • Return to enjoy other trail rides, training courses or day rides
  • Duration : 5 days, 4 nights

What's it all about?

The best of horse riding holidays in France - join a stunning migration on four legs. Ride the range (French/American style) on a great trail ride in the Alpes-Maritimes.

The annual migration of stock from high pasture to low pasture and back is still very much part of life in the Mercantour National Park.

They are celebrated events, attracting all manner of fêtes and activities along the routes.

Join Denis Longfellow as he takes three days to move his stock between their winter base at the coast at Sainte Agnès above Menton, to Le Boréon near St Martin Vésubie, or the trip back down to Sainte Agnès in the autumn.

Enjoy the thrills of stock migration in the glorious hills of the area, and finish off your ride with a well earned dip in the Med.

Itinerary

  • Day 1 Arrive Nice airport, transfer to Sainte Agnès (June - northbound), or La Zourcière – Berthemont les Bains (September - southbound) – about an hour. Stay in Sainte Agnès or Berthemont.
  • Day 2 Depart on horseback to Peïra Cava (northbound) or the Gordolasque Valley (southbound). Stay at Chambre d'hôte with Jean- Paul and Karine (Peïra Cava), or enjoy a rustic night at a mountain dairy farm with Louis and Bea (Gordolasque). (refuge, bunk type accommodation).
  • Day 3 The opposite if Day 2 above, depending on whether it's a northbound or southbound trek. Accommodation as day 2 above.
  • Day 4 Finally traverse over the Baisse de Prals to the Vallon de la Madone de Fenestre, and then on to Le Boréon (northbound), or the Menton back country to Sainte Agnès (southbound). Stay in Berthemont, or in Sainte Agnès.
  • Day 5 Transfer back to Nice airport.

What's included

  • All meals, inclusive of packed lunches. Drinks at own cost in Hotel Saint Yves – Sainte Agnès only.
  • Accommodation : See itinerary above.
  • Transport : To and from Nice airport.
  • Activities : 5 day break, 1st and last night in a hotel/or gite with all meals provided. Shared mountain refuge type accommodation on trail days. Three days guided horse riding by qualified leader. Hats, chaps and saddle bags are provided.
  • Transport of luggage.

Dates :

2019 : Jun 13

Grade :

Activity - Challenging - suitable for adults and children age 16 or over

See our grades explained here

Pricing :

€725 pp   basis : two people sharing

Single supplement : €45 for 2 out of the 4 nights