On the right track for a walk in Paris
INFORMATION DESK: YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED BY OUR PANEL OF EXPERTS
Sunday 03 January 1999
The Travel Editor replies: A little-known walkway in Paris is La Petite Ceinture, or "the little belt", a stretch of railway line which forms a ring around Paris just inside the Peripherique (ring-road). There does not seem to be an organised body managing guided tours of the track and you cannot walk all of it. The popular area is in the 20th Arrondissement with access next to cafe La Fleche d'Or (102, rue Bagnolet. Metro: Alexandre Dumas). However, this track is something that the French tourist board in London refers to as "not strictly a tourist product". The line still belongs to the SNCF and isn't as "disused" as it appears. In parts, it is still infrequently used for freight transport, so is not entirely safe. La Petite Ceinture is more a curiosity than a walkway and it seems almost impossible to organise a tour through the SNCF, although it has been done for private groups.
More suitable is the Promenade Plantee situated above the Viaduct des Arts (tel: 00 33 166 75 80 66) at 9-129, ave Daumesnil. The nearest Metro stop is Bastille. The upper level of the viaduct has been converted into narrow gardens which are open to the public. This disused railway line also has a bicycle path. It runs 4.5km from the Opera Bastille to the Vincennes woods, passing embankments, railway tracks and small tunnels. The arches of the viaduct have been remodelled into shops, art galleries and workshops.
The Independent travel offers: Discover a world of inspiring destinations
Hashima: Among the ruins on Japan's Battleship Island, the place that time forgot
Top 10 cheapest cities to visit, according to TripAdvisor
South Africa's new travel rules: From October, families with under-18s will need to show their birth certificates
Harder, better, faster, longer: The best rollercoasters in the world
Weary? In need of some sun? Relax and unwind with a trip to... Iraqi Kurdistan
- 1 Al Pacino on suffering from depression: 'It can last and it's terrifying'
- 2 Half of young women unable to ‘locate vagina’ and 65% find it difficult to say the word
- 3 Saudis risk new Muslim division with proposal to move Mohamed’s tomb
- 4 A teacher speaks out: 'I'm effectively being forced out of a career that I wanted to love'
- 5 Mexican woman becomes world’s 'oldest person' at 127
Rotherham child sex abuse scandal: Labour Home Office to be probed over what Tony Blair's government knew - and when
What do immigrants really think of Britain? Polish immigrant's Reddit post goes viral
Ashya King: Parents of five-year-old boy refused permission to visit him in hospital and denied bail at Spanish court
With Douglas Carswell joining Ukip, my party has taken another giant step forward
When elitism grips the top of British society to this extent, there is only one answer: abolish private schools
Ashya King: 'Cruel NHS has not given us the treatment we need', says father of five-year-old with brain tumour who fled to Spain
£20 - 26k + Benefits: Guru Careers: A Marketing Executive / Member Services Ex...
£15,000 - £25,000: Recruitment Genius: A fantastic opportunity has arisen for ...
£30000 - £45000 per annum + Bonus+Benefits+Package: Harrington Starr: VB.NET a...
£30 - 35k + Uncapped Comission (£70k Y1 OTE): Guru Careers: A Business Develop...