The Promenade de Jean-Jacques Rousseau is a short and easy walk in Chambéry that follows the footsteps of Rousseau. It starts in the Old Town of Chambéry at Parc de la Calamine and goes up to Les Charmettes, a house where Rousseau lived with Madame de Warens between 1736 and 1742. It then loops back by passing through the Parc de Buisson-Rond and the Château de Boigne. I didn’t actually walk the whole loop: It was getting late and dark so I went down to the city directly once I reached Les Charmettes.
Above, in Parc de la Calamine.
Above, I made a detour through the Montée de la Fontaine Saint-Martin, where there is a good view on Chambéry. I had to walk on the side of a paved road for a few minutes.
Above, Carré Curial.
Above, Dent du Nivolet.
Above, the Montée.
Above, Fontaine Saint-Martin.
Above, at Parc de l’Etincelle.
Above, Dent du Nivolet in the Bauges mountains, with its large summit cross.
Above, Dent du Chat.
Above, Mont Granier, in the Chartreuse mountains.
Above, getting dark.
Above, Les Charmettes.
Parc du Bois Vidal is a large park in Aix-les-Bains. It has multiple forest paths, lawns and a viewpoint (belvédère) with a good view on Lac du Bourget and the surrounding mountains.
Above, Dent du Chat hidden by clouds.
Above, the main path on the way to the viewpoint.
Above, Lac du Bourget.
Above, Mont de Corsuet.
Above, Dent du Chat still in the clouds.
Above, Mont de la Charvaz.
After the Vallon du Fier, I continued walking and, after a detour through a trail along the Nant de Calvi, I reached Poisy, a village northwest of Annecy. My goal was to cross the Montagne d’Âge, a small mountain that is part of the Jura mountains, from the north to the south on the way to Château de Montrottier and the Gorges du Fier in Lovagny.
Above, view of the Montagne d’Âge from the trail around Mont Rampignon, near Mont Veyrier.
Above, roses in Poisy.
Above, Montagne de la Mandallaz nearby.
Above, in the Marais de Poisy (Poisy swamp), on the way to Montagne d’Âge.
Above, start of the trail, on the north side of Montagne d’Âge.
Above, fallen chestnuts.
Above, summit. No view though.
Above, view to the west at the Croix de Nonglard.
Above, the cross.
Above, exiting the forest.
Above, view on the Albanais.
Above, Semnoz covered by clouds. The Château de Montrottier can be seen in the foreground.
Above, La Tournette.
Above, field in Lovagny.
Above, Château de Montrottier.
Above, path to Gorges du Fier.
Above, Fier river near the Gorges.
The Vallon du Fier is a large park and nature reserve in Annecy, located between the Fier and Viéran rivers. It has many paths suitable for walking or biking.
Below, the park in autumn.
Above, Fier river seen from the bridge to the hospital. The park is on the right.
Above, the path on the left goes to the Pont de Brogny. However, I haven’t visited that part yet.
Above, bridge from below.
Above, footbridge on the Fier.
Above, crossing the Viéran river at the exit of the park towards the Zone industrielle du Pont de Tasset.
Above, a bit further away, the jonction between the Thiou and Fier river, seen from the Pont de Tasset.
Below, in winter.
Above, Fier river.
Above, industrial zone next to the park.
Above, some ice.
Above, footbridge on the Fier.
Above, snow on the Salève in the background.
Above, angry little dog at the exit of the park towards the Parc des Sports d’Annecy.
After I reached the Passerelles neighbourhood in Cran-Gévrier and the end of the path along the Thiou river, I kept walking on the road until the start of the Parcours Nature Fier et Erbe (Fier & Erbe Nature Trail). It is a path in the forest that follows the course of the Fier river at first, then the Erbe, a brook that flows into the Fier. Here is a map.
Above, A41 highway, next to the start of the trail.
Above, on the trail.
Above, mountain bike trials course under the bridge.
Above, fallen leaves.
Above, there is a part next to the road.
Above, bridge on the river Erbe.
Above, power transmission tower, right after exiting the forest.
Above, the A41 highway again, on the other side of the trail.