Walking in the Haute Savoie: South

30 day walks - Annecy, Vallée de l'Arve, Samoëns and the Chaîne des Aravis

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9 Jun 2017
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Second volume of a 2-part guide to walking in the Haute Savoie in the French Alps. This guidebook describes 30 half to full-day routes in the area between Chamonix and Annecy. Walks are located near Samoëns, Sixt, La Clusaz, Thônes, la Roche-sur-Foron and Lake Annecy. Includes Chaîne des Aravis, Plateau de la Borne and Haut Giffre.

Seasons Seasons
Spring and summer, when the snow has melted and the slopes are bright with alpine flowers. Autumn, when the leaves are changing, and even winter for some of the lower walks
Centres Centres
Annecy, La Clusaz, Grand Bornand, Plateau d'Assy, Samoëns, Sixt, Sallanches, Thônes, la Roche-sur-Foron
Difficulty Difficulty
A variety of routes of differing length and height gain, suitable for most abilities, graded from easy to difficult. None require special equipment or expertise, but those graded difficult have some exposed sections, often protected by cables, and need a head for heights
Must See Must See
Major peaks: Tournette, Tête de Boston, Parmelan, Môle Lakes: Annecy, Anterne, Vogealle, Gers, Lessy, Bénit, and numerous small mountain lakes Historical attractions: in the footsteps of English alpinist Alfred Wills, French Resistance monuments, monasteries, mountain chapels and shrines Geological features: dramatic waterfalls and limestone pavements Nature reserves, alpine gardens, bird migratory routes
9 Jun 2017
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.6cm
  • Overview

    A guidebook of walks in the lovely Haute Savoie mountains of France. This guide describes 30 circular routes of between 7 and 20km, based around Annecy, La Clusaz, Grand Bornand, Plateau d'Assy, Samoëns, Sixt, Sallanches, Thônes, la Roche-sur-Foron. Graded from easy to difficult, there are walks to suit most abilities, but a few have some exposed sections and need a head for heights.

    The guidebook is divided into 6 areas covering the Arve Valley, the Haut Giffre valley, the Chaîne des Aravis (north and south), Plateau de la Borne and Lake Annecy. Alongside a detailed route description and map, each walk has a summary of all you need to know before you set out (distance, time to walk, ascent, maximum altitude, grade and instructions for accessing the start). There is advice on travel, accommodation and equipment, as well as information about local wildlife and Savoyard food and drink, and a glossary of useful French words.

    Visitors flock to the Chamonix area and the Mont Blanc range, but that is only part of what the Haute Savoie has to offer. With stunning views of high mountains as well as lower peaks to enjoy, the walks in this guide will show you a quieter, less busy side to this outstandingly beautiful area.

    A companion volume, Walking in Haute Savoie: North, is also available (ISBN: 781852848101)

  • Contents

    A short history of the Haute Savoie
    Plants and flowers
    Getting there
    When to go
    Savoyard food and drink
    What to take
    Using this guide
    Vallée de l’Arve
    Walk 1 Le Môle
    Walk 2 Pointe de Marcelly
    Walk 3 Tour de Chevran
    Walk 4 Plateau d’Assy
    Walk 5 Refuge de Moëde-Anterne
    Vallée du Haut Giffre
    Walk 6 Lac d’Anterne et le Dérochoir
    Walk 7 Lac de Gers
    Walk 8 Lac de la Vogealle
    Walk 9 Tête de Bostan
    Walk 10 Chalets de Criou
    Chaîne des Aravis: Nord
    Walk 11 Lac Bénit
    Walk 12 Boucle des Confins
    Walk 13 Trou de la Mouche
    Walk 14 Circuit des Annes
    Walk 15 Arête des Saix
    Walk 16 Boucle du Lac de Lessy
    Walk 17 Boucle de St-Jean-de-Sixt
    Chaîne des Aravis: Sud
    Walk 18 Pointe d’Orsière
    Walk 19 Tour de La Tulle
    Walk 20 Tour du Sulens
    Walk 21 Tour de l’Aiguille de la Tournette
    Walk 22 Boucle des Tervelles
    Plateau de la Borne
    Walk 23 Roche Parnal
    Walk 24 Montagne de Sous-Dîne
    Walk 25 Plateau des Glières
    Walk 26 Le Parmelan
    Lac d’Annecy
    Walk 27 La Tournette
    Walk 28 Cascades d’Angon
    Walk 29 Crête du Taillefer
    Walk 30 Montagne d’Entrevernes

    Appendix A Route summary table
    Appendix B Useful information
    Appendix C Glossary of useful French words

  • Maps

    Each walk in this guidebook is accompanied by a sketch map with coloured contours, showing key places and numbered waypoints that are highlighted in the route description. For additional features and detailed navigation, the relevant 1:25,000 IGN paper map is specified in the information box at the beginning of each walk. However, bear in mind that things are still changing in this region, and you may discover new ski lifts, roads or jeep tracks that are not yet on the maps.

    A good map that gives an overall picture of the Haute Savoie walking areas is the IGN Top 100 Tourisme et Découverte No.144 Annecy/Thonon-les-Bains, 1:100,000. A complete list of IGN maps can be found in Appendix B, together with details of where to buy or order them in the UK. Otherwise, it is usually easy to buy them in the region and they are sometimes cheaper in local supermarkets.

    For pre-walk planning and post-walk analysis, all the 1:25,000 and 1:100,000 IGN maps for the whole of France are available on the internet for a very small annual subscription from www.sitytrail.com. This is the best way to be sure you have the latest editions, and is accompanied by a powerful set of tools to choose the magnification, print selected areas, superimpose recorded GPS trails and record your favourite routes online. The sitytrail subscription includes access to the same maps with a tablet or smartphone App. For offline use, especially along walking trails, it is possible to download a set of map tiles for a local area. Note that sitytrail maps are also available for Switzerland with a separate subscription.

    There are numerous Apps on the market which offer GPS tracking with open software maps. On the iPhone or iPad, MOTIONX-GPS is particularly convenient and flexible.

    GPX files for all the routes described in the guide are available as free downloads to purchasers of the book at www.cicerone.co.uk/member.

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Janette Norton

Janette Norton lived in France, near Geneva, for over 30 years with her physicist husband, Alan, raising four children and working in the marketing field. Her love of mountain walking dated from the time she was a guide in her twenties, and the proximity of the Alps and Jura to her home inspired her to continue her passion. After her children grew up, she branched out to explore other areas of France.

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Alan Norton

Alan Norton studied Physics at Edinburgh and Oxford Universities before moving to Geneva to work at CERN on Particle Physics research. Since retirement, he has continued to participate in CERN experiments as a professor at the Italian University of Ferrara. As leisure activities, he has completed many mountain running events at the rear of the field, and helped Janette with walking and map preparation for her guides.

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Pamela Harris

Pamela Harris

Pamela Harris graduated from Reading University and then moved to Switzerland, where she taught English and Classical studies at international schools in the Geneva area. A long-time member of both the Alpine Club and the Swiss Alpine Club, she has walked and climbed extensively in the mountains of Europe and the Himalayas, and organises walking holidays in both areas for these clubs.

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