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The Second Revolution: Cycling and Walking in France after 2040

‘A veritable revolution’ were the words used by French ecology minister Nicolas Hulot at the unveiling of his country’s radical mission to end the sale of petrol and diesel-powered cars by 2040. France follows the Netherlands and Norway in their bid to scrap highly polluting vehicles from the road, a move that has inspired the […]

Cycling in Brittany – from the point of view of my partner, who finally – finally – gets to choose our holiday

I was adamant. She knew this because my adamant face is entirely different to my habitual amenable face. She had successfully dodged my bucket-list holiday for years, but as the brochure on the coffee table was slid into her peripheral vision, she began to smell – figuratively speaking – a rat. I had found the […]

Not to be missed: 12 of the most beautiful villages in France

Rolling through France on two wheels, the warm breeze touching your skin as you pedal by, is perhaps one of the best ways to discover the joys of this wonderful country. With 156 villages officially named as “Les Plus Beaux Villages de France”, there is plenty of culture, history and architecture to enjoy as you […]

10 Most Breathtaking Sights in Southern France

We’ve been round Southern France a few times and these places kick the air out of us and replace it with awe. Popcorn advised, but no need to bring drinks, there’s plenty of wine here already. 1. Verdon Gorge Shining turquoise waters cutting a hefty wedge into the French countryside. We’re not sure if the […]

Come Ride with Headwater!

We have some exciting news about improvements we have made to our route directions, following customer feedback. For those of you like to travel by bike when on holiday, we have begun rolling out electronic versions of our route directions, which can be downloaded onto handheld devices such as mobile phones (Android or i-Phone) or […]

7 must-see chateaux in Burgundy

Home to some of the world’s finest wines, the gorgeous Burgundy countryside is a blanket of green, encasing sumptuous castles and peeping chateaux within its rolling hills. With its breathtaking sights and gastronomic tradition, the region’s towns are awash with a Romanesque architectural heritage that stems back to the Renaissance and the Middle Ages. On a […]

Europe’s Finest Chocolate

Chocolate. Everybody loves it. Whether it’s dark and sophisticated, sweet and creamy, or oozing caramel, we can’t get enough of it. No wonder that the average Brit, Swiss or German eats around 11kg of it a year! A sweet treat tastes even better after a day out in the fresh air, so look out for […]

Coffees, Kirs and Camemberts … France continues to be the clear favourite for foodies!

With traditional January bookings now well underway, tour operators are starting to get a very clear feel for what’s selling well – and not – for 2014. For leading walking and cycling specialist, Headwater, early sales reveal that France continues to be the number one destination of choice for customers looking to combine gentle activity […]