Here are four routes to walk or run from among the best of eastern Paris.
The Coulée Verte. From Bastille, the old rail track now rehabilitated, planted with vegetation and car-free, allows you to walk, run and for some of the way cycle or rollerblade along 4.5km from l’Opéra Bastille to the Bois de Vincennes.
The River Seine’s docks are easy to follow and have a pedestrian and cycle route along the left bank of the river, from Ivry to Notre-Dame. Some of the right bank of the Seine has also recently been made into a pedestrian- and cycle-only area.
Paris and its canals. From the Bassin de l’Arsenal, veer due north along the canals, first to Canal Saint-Martin under boulevard Richard Lenoir, open air further north and then along Canal de l’Ourcq up to Parc de la Villette if you fancy it.
The Bois de Vincennes. With its lake for canoeing, the zoo, hippodrome, funfairs, floral park and cultural events… there is always something to see and do at Paris’ largest public park Bois de Vincennes.