A Week of Walking for Well-being

Walking holiday with both guided and self-guided options in France

From € 600.- / 8 days
B&B Price per person based on two people sharing

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  • Guided / Self-Guided
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Walking for Wellbeing holidays offer guided and self-guided walks based from the Razès gîtes in the sleepy village of Escueillens, buried in the heart of the rolling Razès countryside, just 25 minutes south of Carcassonne.

Walkers have a choice from 25 circuits and 10 linear trails (ranging from 5 to 40 km) covering the length and breadth of the gently rolling Razès countryside. A Walking for Wellbeing holiday is about you choosing your own routes (for distance and difficulty) and walking at your own pace so you can be sure to find your natural rhythm and inner harmony.

For walkers seeking to find greater balance of mind, body and soul, you may choose to complement your walks with sessions designed to help you re-connect with nature, explore the symbology of nature, or even try out some walking meditations.

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Butterfly landed on a fingertip

Best suited for individuals, couples or small groups (max 10), Walking for Wellbeing holidays are about making the walking choices that suit you and your ideas of well-ness and well-being.

Accommodation in the Razès

There are three gîtes at the Razès – Soujeole, Corbières and La Cour du Blé. Soujeole and Corbières are suitable for singles or couples; La Cour du Blé can accommodate a further 2 to 4 people. Each has its own private entrance, parking, fully equipped kitchen, dining and lounge areas, double bedroom(s) and bath or shower room. Each gîte individually offers privacy and has its own place and space, and yet, all three can be booked together to accommodate for larger groups travelling together. 

Bedroom with a queen bed
Garden entrance
Gite entrance

Each gîte has a double bedroom, bath or shower room, well equipped kitchen, dining and lounge area with TV, DVD and CD player. Full linen and towels are provided at no extra charge. A wide library of books, music and films is also available. The gîtes have heating for those who prefer to sojourn outside the summer months.

Our extensive range of detailed road and walking maps are kept in the grange. A meditation and yoga room is available for use and instruction is optional. 

A pair of women hiking in France
walking track leading through a low mountain landscape

The grange is a great place to meet, eat and get together, offering respite from the summer sun or snug comfort from the wood burner in winter. There are cooking & BBQ facilities here, table-tennis and darts, boules and board games and a washing machine. There are three secluded gardens perfect for outdoor dining or relaxation.

Jo & Bob live in the adjoining property and are only too happy to help with any queries you may have.

Rural mountain landscape with trees and a lake
3 hikers climbed a rocky top

If you are hiring a car and wish to explore the local area, your hosts are very happy to give recommendations and make reservations on your behalf. If you’ve already made your own plans or simply don’t want to make any, then you’ll be left tranquil in your own peace and space. If you don’t want to hire a car, we can organise trips to the local shops, markets and castles.

Walking for Well-being in the Razès

The Razès is a canton (rural area) in the Aude département of the Languedoc Roussillon region and is about 90 km inland of the French Mediterranean coast and 90 km north of the Pyrenees. Rich in its Occitan heritage, the clocher-mur style churches centred in many rural villages can be seen from the surrounding hill and vantage points. 

Quiet lake surrounded by green trees
Small group of women walking downhill

The Razès is famed for its birds of prey and wild orchids as well as its beautiful, rolling landscape decorated with hills and dales, valleys and peaks, rivers and streams. The Razès generally offers easy to moderate terrain.

Depending on the time of year, walkers will typically pass alongside vineyards and fields of sunflower, poppies or barley and over rocky garrigue (scrub) outcrops, through country lanes and woods, past farms and crop fields, hamlets and villages.

Each Walking for Wellbeing holiday affords its own spectacular views of the Malepère Massif and the Corbières region to the East, the spectacular Pyrenees to the South and the Montagne Noire in the Minervois to the North.

Walker poining at a castle on a top of a distant rock
church seen over a field of sunflowers

Jo will give a full briefing prior to each walking day and answer any questions you may have about your chosen route, its distance and difficulty. If you wish to include some walking meditations and/or re-connecting with nature trails, simply ask for more details at the time of booking.

Swallowtail butterfly on lavender flower
Beautiful formation of thin clouds in a blue sky

The majority of the walks (excepting the Cathar Castle walks) start from your very doorstep at the Razès Gîtes. Jo leads all the guided walks but should you wish to self-guide, detailed maps and route guides are available.

Walking for Wellbeing walking holiday itinerary

Below is a selection of example walks. Please contact the holiday provider for a personalised itinerary.

Example walks

Day One – Arrival, welcome, drinks and dinner An afternoon stroll around the local Razès countryside if flight schedules permit.

Day Two – Day Seven Example Walks (from over 30 to choose from)

Le Lac de la Pène & le Bois d’en Bas (5, 7 or 12 kms) – Starting from your Razès gîte, this is a short and easy ramble over gently rolling terrain, down country lanes, old railway tracks and through scarcely trodden woodland trails of pine and oak to emerge at the local lake of la Pène – a great stopping place for a picnic, meditation or a leisurely wander through the surrounding woods. You can be sure of the sweet singing of the birds and insects to accompany you along the way. Extended versions take you deeper into the heart of the pine-scented whispering woods closer to the deer and wild boar.

Two walkers meet and have a chat
Looking across a wide river landscape towards snowcapped mountains in the distance

Le Sentier des Crêtes d’Hounoux (5, 12 or 17.5 km circuit) – This walk takes you across country lanes, past vineyards climbing up to a ridge for breath-taking views of the snow-clad Pyrenees followed by gently rolling trails up and down through garrigue (scrub land), past a myriad of wild lavender, thyme and juniper, fields of horses and farm yards. This walk also offers great views of the Montagne Noire, the whole of the Razès domain, the Malepère Massif and Corbières off into the east.

La GR7 (Grande Randonnée) to Mirepoix (18 km 1-way or 36 km full circuit) – The trail leads you to the GR7, walking parallel to the Pyrenees, following part of the age-old pilgrim’s route, the Camino de Santiago de Compostela. We are not suggesting you go quite that far, but just enjoy the diversity of flora surrounding the peaceful GR7 track as you pass ponds and hamlets, farmyards and garrigue with rolling plains stretching up to the Pyrenees on your left. The medieval town of Mirepoix offers pplenty of places for a drink or lunch or to the cathedral.

Sunny road along an arable field
Two female hikers happily posing for a photo

Cathare Trails to Montségur & Roquefixade (8 or 20 kms) – You may want to follow the Sentier des Tisserands (20 km) which is a circuitous loop leading up and down the Cols surrounding Montségur, following the soul-filling Cathar trails through centuries-old forests which simply ooze with tranquility and well-being. Including the ascent of the château of Montségur itself, a tough and physically demanding trail but very rewarding in terms of opportunity to see, hear and smell the ever-changing flora and fauna in beautiful and vibrant valleys and mountains, richly imbued with both history and intrigue.

Day Eight – Breakfast and departure. A possible short walk around the Razès if flight schedules permit.

Landscape in the Razes region in France
Red and pink sunrise behind mountains

Dates and Availability

Walking for Well-being offers guided and self-guided walking holidays based from the Razès Gîtes are available all-year round – come in the season that best suits you!

You can choose whether you want to come for 7 or 5 days, a long weekend or a month if it suits! You choose how long you wish to stay for and on which days of the week you plan to arrive and depart.

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Village on a low hill in a winter landscape with a light dusting of snow

The number of walks you do is entirely up to you. If you want to walk every day, simply choose your circuits and you will be guided by Jo or self-guided if you prefer. If you want to walk every other day and have a rest day in between, the tranquil gardens offer you a beautiful space within which to relax and unwind.

Three women hiking with backpacks and a heavy stick
Village with church in a rural landscape seen from a low hill

Please contact the holiday provider, through the contact form, for more information.

Additional information


  • Continental breakfast (€10) and/or picnic lunch (€10) and/or 3-course evening meal with wine (€25).
  • Inclusion of wellbeing activities into your schedule (as listed under the Wellbeing Activities page).
  • Inclusion of Day or Half-Day Trips into your schedule (as listed under the Day Trip page).
  • Airport pick-up/drop-off from Toulouse, Béziers or Perpignan at an additional supplement of €100.

Please contact the holiday provider, through the contact form below, for more information.

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    Holiday Type:

    Guided / Self-Guided
    Walking Holiday

    Board Basis:

    B&B prices are quoted. Self-catering, half-board & full-board options are also available.


    From € 600.- / 8 days
    B&B Price per person based on two people sharing

    self-catering option in a fully equipped gîte. Other options are available


    • Dogs welcome
    • GPS tracks available
    • 1 One accommodation

    Dogs by prior agreement

    What's included:

    Included in the B&B option

    • 7 Nights accommodation in a fully equipped gîte
    • 7 Breakfasts
    • Morning & afternoon tea/coffee
    • Welcome drink, dinner and briefing sessions upon arrival
    • Wide range of walks & maps available, self-guided or guided options
    • Unlimited guided local walks around the Razès countryside

    Optional extras

    • Self-catering option
    • Picnic lunch and/or dinner
    • Airport transfers
    • Guided walks/visits to the Cathare castles
    • Hatha yoga sessions
    • In gîte massage
    • Wine tasting

    NOT included:

    All other costs, including travel costs to the starting-point of this holiday.

    Walking Grade:

    • Level terrain or hills
    • Easy walking
    hills and low mountains
    • Hills to low mountains
    • Easy to moderate walking


    Tailor-made walking possible

    Best time to go:

    April – October

    Contact Details:

    A Week of Walking for Well-being, a Mixed walking holiday in France by Reconnecting with Nature

    Contact: Jo and Bob Norton
    Telephone: +33 468 698 136
    +33 782 719 588

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    Languages spoken:

    English, French

    Getting there:

    • Carcassonne Airport (35 km)
    • Béziers Airport (100 km)
    • Toulouse Airport (100 km)
    • Perpignan Airport (120 km)
    • Carcassonne Train Station (36 km)
    • Bram Train Station (20 km)
    • Castelnaudary Train Station (25 km)

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    Hire car is best for those who want a self-catering option since the village is remote and the nearest shops/restaurant are 7km away.


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