Hike to Montagne d’Âge

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, Parmelan.

Above, start of the trail, on the north side of Montagne d’Âge.

Above, Epagny.

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.


Vallon du Fier

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.

Parcours Nature Fier et Erbe

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, Parmelan.

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.

Walk along the Thiou river

The Thiou is a short river (3.5 km) that flows from Lake Annecy to the Fier, which is itself a tributary of the Rhône. Starting from the Old Town of Annecy, built in the middle of canals formed by the Thiou, there is a series of paths along the river that go all the way to Cran-Gévrier, slightly before it joins with the Fier.

Above, canal formed by the Thiou near Lake Annecy.

Above, Thiou river and Old Town, with a view of the old wash-house on Quai des Cordeliers.

Above, Ile Saint-Joseph.

Above, on Promenade Saint-Thérèse du Québec.

Above, on the Promenade du Thiou, in Cran-Gévrier.

Above, concrete bridges of the ring road.

Above, electric central, at Cercle de l’Eau.

Above, I made a detour to Jardin du 8 Mai 1945.

Above, bridge to the new development in Cran called “Les Passerelles”.

Above, Les Papeteries Image Factory, a startup incubator.

Above, Parmelan.

Above, Grande Passerelle du Thiou.

Below, the walk with snow, in late winter.

Above, Basilique de la Visitation.

Above, new boardwalks under construction (2017).

Above, on Promenade du Saint-Sépulcre.

Above, Eglise Saint-Jean.

Above, Pont Bleu.

Above, view from Pont de Gévrier.

Below, in summer.

Above, on Promenade Louis Lachenal.

Above, jonction of Thiou and Fier, from Pont de Tasset.

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.