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.

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.

Annecy – Thônes – Faverges by bike

In my last days before traveling to Japan, I took my bike on a tour starting from Annecy and passing through Thônes and Faverges.

Above, the Fier torrent on the way to Thônes.

Above, church of Thônes.

Above, on the way from Thônes to Faverges.

Above, view of Faverges from afar.

Above, on the Voie Verte.

Above, paragliders in Doussard.

Above, castle of Duingt.

Above, Lake Annecy in Duingt.

Above, back in Annecy.