Hike to Roc de Chère & Baie de Talloires

As the first hike of spring 2018, I went back to the Roc de Chère on the eastern shore of Lake Annecy. I also visited the Baie de Talloires while I was in the area.

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Bike ride to Saint-Jorioz along Lake Annecy / Marais de l’Enfer

Last winter, I took my bike on the Voie Verte (bike road) along Lake Annecy until I reached Saint-Jorioz. There was a great view on the Bornes mountains from there. On the way back, I stoped at the Marais de l’Enfer (Swamp of Hell), a nature reserve on the shore of the lake.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Here is a map of the path I walked while on the plateau (download KML):

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.

Pays de l’Albanais

The Albanais is the region of Haute-Savoie between Lac d’Annecy and Lac du Bourget. Among the interesting things to do in the area are visiting the Jardins Secrets in Vaulx or the gorges of the Fier river and the nearby castle of Montrottier.

Above, Fier river.

Above, Parmelan in the background.

Above, Semnoz in the background.

Above, Tournette in the background.

Above, Fier river.

Semnoz by bike

On Monday, departing from Annecy-le-Vieux, I went up the Semnoz mountain (1699m) by bike, following the last part of the 20th stage of the next Tour de France. It was hard but the view at the summit was worth it.

Above, Lake Annecy from the beach of Albigny, in Annecy-le-Vieux.

Above, castle of Annecy.

Above, in Quintal, near Annecy.

Above, on the way up.

Above, Chalet Nordique.

Above, at the Chalet Nordique du Plateau.

Above, Mont Blanc.

Above, view from the Chalet.

Above, looking up at the Chalet.

Above, Mont Trélod covered in snow.

Above, on the way down to Col de Leschaux, looking west.

Above, La Tournette, still covered in snow in late spring.

Above, church of Sévrier.

Above, back at the lake.

Above, Mont Veyrier.

Above, back in Annecy.