Bike ride in the Bauges mountains from the Semnoz Plateau to Saint-Pierre-d’Albigny

Last summer, a few weeks after riding my bike from La Féclaz to Albens, I came back to the Bauges mountains. This time, I rode from the Semnoz plateau to Saint-Pierre-d’Albigny in Savoie.

In the morning, I took my bike on the summer shuttle from Annecy to the Semnoz plateau. From there, I first rode my bike down the road to Col de Leschaux then turned towards the Vallée du Chéran at the heart of the Bauges mountains. On the way, I stopped at Pont du Diable (Devil’s Bridge), which straddles a gorge popular for canyoning, but soon arrived at Lescheraines. I then kept on the main road until Ecole-en-Bauges, where I stopped for lunch next to the Chéran river. I exited the Bauges at the Col du Frêne and, after the steep slope down, made my way to the Château de Miolans (Miolans Castle), a fortress above Saint-Pierre-d’Albigny that was used as a jail by the Duchy of Savoy. Finally I rode to the train station and boarded a train, first to Chambéry then switched for Annecy.

Above, view of the Bauges from the Semnoz Plateau.

Above, Crêt de Chatillon.

Above, church in Leschaux.

Above, gorge at Pont du Diable.

Above, the bridge.

Above, arriving at Lescheraines.

Above, Chéran river.

Above, Mont Colombier.

Above, Mont Margeriaz.

At La Compote, looking towards Mont Pécloz and Pointe des Arces.

Above, Dent de Pleuven and the back of Mont Trélod.

Above, lunch spot near the river.

Above, Mont Julioz.

Above, Pointe d’Arcalod.

Above, church at Ecole-en-Bauges.

Above, on the way to Col du Frêne.

Above, looking back at the Vallée du Chéran, with Mont Trélod covered with clouds.

Above, large cross at Col du Frêne.

Above, on the way down, with a view on Dent d’Arclusaz.

Above, Saint-Pierre-d’Albigny in the Isère valley.

Above, vineyards.

Above, Château de Miolans.

Above, view from the castle.

Above, waiting for the train to Chambéry at Saint-Pierre-d’Albigny station.

Above, Dent du Nivolet seen from Chambéry.

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Bike ride in the Bauges mountains from La Féclaz to Albens

Last summer, I went on a hike to Croix du Nivolet, where I had already gone a few years ago. I took my bike on the bus from Aix-les-Bains to La Féclaz on the Mont Revard plateau, where the start of the trail is located. After the hike, instead of going down to Aix-les-Bains, I went in the other direction, towards the Vallée du Chéran and Vallée de Bange, at the center of the Bauges mountains. When I reached there, it had started to rain so I rushed to the nearest train station, in Albens.

Above, Croix du Nivolet and Lac du Bourget in the background.

Above, Lac du Bourget.

Above, church in La Féclaz.

Above, Mont Margériaz.

Above, Col de Plainpalais.

Above, Vallée du Chéran.

Above, church in Arith.

Above, towards Vallée de Bange.

Above, Chéran river.

Above, Tours Saint-Jacques, a rock formation on the Semnoz.

Hike on Plateau du Semnoz

During the summer, I took my bike on the shuttle to the top of the Semnoz. My goal was go down to Lake Annecy using the paved road (there are tracks for downhill mountain bikes as well): It is an almost uninterrupted downward slope until the lake with relatively little car traffic. Before going down, I spent some time on the plateau, which serves as cross country skiing tracks during winter. I also went to the summit (Crêt de Chatillon). There was a good view on the Mont Blanc from up there. Finally, I took the road to Leschaux, then went down the Route du Col de Leschaux until I reached the lake at Sévrier.

Above, looking at the Crêt de Chatillon.

Above, Mont Blanc.

Above, the summer shuttle.

Above, the plateau.

Above, Albanais.

Above, Bauges Massif.

Above, La Tournette.

Above, looking towards Lac du Bourget.

Above, Crêt de l’Aigle.

Above, Dents de Lanfon.

Above, La Tournette.

Above, on the way to the summit of the Semnoz.

Above, cross at the summit.

Above, Montagne de la Mandallaz.

Above, on my bike, on the way down to the lake.

Above, Mont Trélod and Dents des Portes.

Above, Pointe de Banc Plat.

Above, Mont Colombier.

Above, Mont Veyrier.

Along the Lac du Bourget by bike

After getting back to Aix-les-Bains from the Mont Revard, I took my bike on the Voie Verte du Lac du Bourget, a bike lane (actually shared with roller skaters and pedestrians) next to the lake. The Lac du Bourget is the biggest lake in France and the bike lane only goes along a small part of its shore. When I arrived at Bourget-du-Lac at the southern shore of the lake, I took the Avenue Verte Nord de Chambéry, which is another separate bike lane that goes all the way to Chambéry.

Above, Dent du Chat on the other side of the lake.

Above, kitesurfers.

Below, on the Avenue Verte Nord to Chambéry.

Above, Croix du Nivolet.

Tour du Lac d’Annecy by bike

The Lac d’Annecy (Lake Annecy) is located in Haute-Savoie and is the third largest lake in France. In spring, I took my bike on a loop around the lake. The loop is about 42km and should take about 3 hours to complete in one go. Starting in Annecy-le-Vieux, I first followed the road southwards on the eastern shore of the lake and stopped at Roc de Chère, Cascade d’Angon and Réserve Naturelle du Bout du Lac. It started raining heavily at that point so I rushed to go back to Annecy. However, the western shore of the lake is actually the nicest for cyclists, with a flat and fully separate bike lane (Voie Verte), which goes all the way from Annecy to Albertville. I used photos from other times I was on that path instead.

Above, the lake seen from Albigny beach in Annecy-le-Vieux.

Above, Semnoz.

Above, in Menthon.

Above, luxury hotel in Menthon.

Above, Château de Menthon-Saint-Bernard.

Above, south of Roc de Chère in Talloires.

Above, in Angon.

Above, former stone quarry on the Taillefer.

Above, at the Bout du Lac (southern end of the lake).

Below are photos from the western shore and the Voie Verte taken some other time.

Above, Voie Verte along the Taillefer.

Above, Lanfonnet and Dents de Lanfon.

Above, Bout du Lac and Pointe de la Sambuy in the background.

Above, Mont Veyrier and Mont Baret.

Above, Roc de Chère with La Tournette, Lanfonnet and Dents de Lanfon in the background, seen from a beach in Sévrier.

Above, La Tournette.

Above, swans.

Above, Paquier.

Above, from Pont des Amours.

Above, back at Albigny beach, in Annecy-le-Vieux.