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Walking in the Brianconnais

40 walking routes in the French Alps exploring high mountain landscapes near Briancon

Guidebook of 40 walks around Briançon in France. Walks for all abilities ranging from 1½ to 7hrs. The book focuses on the stunning valleys of Clarée, Cerveyrette, Ayes, Durance and Guisane, and includes the magnificent Alpine landscapes around Vallouise and Montgenèvre.


From May to October. Some high peaks and cols will be snow-covered until late June and the main walking season therefore runs from the middle/end of June to the end of September.


Briançon, La Grave, Le Monetier-les-Bains, Montgenèvre, Névache, Vallouise


All abilities are catered for. Walks from 1½ to 7hrs graded easy, medium, hard or very hard.

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5 stunning valleys around Briançon - Clarée, Cerveyrette, Ayes, Durance and Guisane; magnificent Alpine landscapes around Vallouise and Montgenèvre; beautiful peaks, lakes and valleys; historic hill forts.
4 May 2018
17.20 x 11.60 x 1.40cm

The 40 walks in this guidebook explore the stunning summer landscapes around Briançon. Walks range from 4 to 21km, and cover the valleys of Clarée, Cerveyrette, Ayes, Durance and Guisane, as well as the area around Vallouise and Montgenèvre. All the routes are circular and graded from easy to very hard, so there are walks to suit all abilities.

Alongside detailed route descriptions and maps, the guidebook provides practical advice on when to visit and the best bases for exploring the region. There are notes on plants and wildlife, and information on the many hill forts in the area. Stunning photographs add to the appeal of this informative guide.

The Briançonnais is a stunning mountain wilderness packed with snow-capped peaks, idyllic Alpine valleys, pastures full of wildflowers, sparkling alpine lakes, historic hill forts and a labyrinth of quiet paths. With a rural charm and a milder climate than the northern Alps, it is a region ripe for discovery, and this guide is the perfect place to start.

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By Andrew McCluggage

Andrew McCluggage was born in Northern Ireland where he still lives with his wife and two children. A hill-walking and mountain biking fanatic, he spends a large part of his time in the Briançonnais. After two decades as a corporate lawyer, he decided to do something more interesting and started writing walking guides.

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