Walk in Annecy: La Varde, Pont de La Bornale, Pont de Brogny, Vallon du Fier, Promenade du Thiou, Lake Annecy

At the beginning of spring, I went on a walk around Annecy, trying to stay on parks and green spaces. Not a complete success but close enough… Starting in Annecy-le-Vieux near L’Abbaye Espace d’art contemporain, I followed a bike / pedestrian path to La Varde then crossed the Fier river at Pont de La Bornale on the way to Pont de Brogny and the large park of Vallon du Fier nearby. I walked in the Vallon and exited at the Zone industrielle du Pont de Tasset. I crossed the Fier river again to reach Cran-Gévrier then followed the Thiou river all the way to the old town of Annecy. Finally, I arrived at Lake Annecy.

Here is the path I followed (download KML):

Above, L’Abbaye.

Above, park in front of L’Abbaye.

Above, pedestrian path. There is also a bike path alongside it.

Above, cross near Novel.

Above, donkeys.

Above, in La Varde.

Above, Montagne de la Mandallaz.

Above, Parmelan.

Above, telecom antenna on Crêt de la Varde.

Above, short forest path.

Above, horses.

Above, horse riding school near the stables.

Above, Pont de La Bornale.

Above, Fier river.

Above, another bike road.

Above, path to some kind of beach on the Fier.

Above, Fier.

Above, Viaduc Ferroviaire du Pont de Brogny (train bridge).

Above, Viaduc and Fier seen from the Pont de Brogny.

Above, Vieux Pont de Brogny (aka Petit Pont Romain) and new Pont de Brogny behind it.

Above, path in Vallon du Fier.

Above, bridge across the Fier.

Above, bridge linking the Zone industrielle du Pont de Tasset with Cran-Gévrier.

Above, Fier river.

Above, in Cran-Gévrier.

Above, Cercle de l’Eau at the Thiou river.

Above, Promenade du Thiou.

Above, La Tournette.

Above, old town of Annecy.

Above, Eglise Saint-François de Sales.

Above, Parmelan seen from Lake Annecy.

Above, La Tournette.

Above, Mont Veyrier, Mont Baron and Mont Baret.

Above, Les Marquisats.

Above, Canal du Vassé and Pont des Amours.

Above, Pâquier.

Above, at Bonlieu.


Jardin des Remparts

The Jardin des Remparts is a small and well hidden park located in the Old Town of Annecy, not far from the castle. It is dedicated to Father Jean-Marie Delavay, a priest from Haute-Savoie who served as a christian missionary in Yunnan, China during the 19th century. He introduced many new plant species to Europe.

Below, the park at the beginning of spring.

Below, the park during winter.

Above, street outside the park.

Jardin des Chartreux

Jardin des Chartreux is a park in the Croix-Rousse neighbourhood of Lyon. It offers a good view on the Saône below, the Fourvière hill and the business district of La Part-Dieu.

Above, Saône river seen from Passerelle Saint-Vincent. The viewpoint of Jardin des Chartreux can be seen.

Above, the park from below.

Above, Passerelle de l’Homme de la Roche, to Fourvière.

Above, stairs to the park (Montée de la Muette).

Above, Jardin de la Muette, a community garden.

Above, in Jardin des Chartreux.

Above, Saône, Passerelle de l’Homme de la Roche and Parc des Hauteurs. The area with grass is a ski and sledge slope during winter.

Above, Tour Métallique de Fourvière and Basilique Notre-Dame de Fourvière.

Above, skyscrapers of La Part-Dieu.

Above, Jardin des Rigolards.

Above, Place Rouville near Jardin des Chartreux. It also has a good view on Lyon.

Parc de la Tête d’Or

Parc de la Tête d’Or is a large park in the 6th arrondissement of Lyon. It has plenty of nature with many trees and large lawns as well as a lake. The park also contains a small zoo and a botanical garden (both of which are free).

Above, deer and emu enclosure (Parc aux Daims).

Above, fallow deer grazing.

Above, emu during summer.

Above, greenhouse of the botanical garden.

Above, another greenhouse.

Above, daffodils.

Above, ducks getting very close while I was eating a sandwich.

Above, in early spring, the botanical garden was a bit empty.

Above, spectacled bear, from Peru.

Above, African plain ecosystem.

Above, pink flamingos.

Above, red panda.

Above, lion.

Above, little train tracks.

Above, walking along the lake.

Above, wild goose.

Above, fishing.

Above, Cité Internationale.


Above, Tour Incity in the background.

Above, Ile du Souvenir, an island in the lake.

Above, there is a tunnel to reach the island but it was closed when I was there.

Above, G7 monument.

Parc Blandan (Lyon)

Parc Blandan is a large park located in the 7th arrondissement of Lyon, on the location of a former military fort. While the park was inaugurated in 2014, the upper part of the fort, which contains the Château de la Motte, is currently being developed and is slated to open to the public in 2019.

Above, gate on Boulevard des Tchécoslovaques.

Above, the main gate, on rue du Repos.

Above, Place d’Armes.

Above, playground.

Above, rampart.

Above, skatepark.