In the morning, I took a train from Annecy to Albens then boarded a LIHSA bus (line 171) to reach Alby-sur-Chéran. I made a quick detour to the medieval quarter but was soon on my way. I had planned to pass through the ruins of the Château de Pierrecharve, a castle in Alby. However, the path was closed because of unstable rocks so I walked along the paved road for some time. I then left the road to take a trail that followed the course of the Chéran river. There was the occasional view of the river but it was mostly in the forest. Once I reached the Passerelle de Cusy / Gruffy, a pedestrian bridge across the river, I walked on the Boucle du Pont de l’Abîme (Pont de l’Abîme loop) to the Chaos du Chéran, a place in the gorge beneath the Pont de l’Abîme bridge. I then walked the trail up to the bridge, where I had already been some time ago (by car). There was a great view from there. The loop continues on the other side of the bridge, but instead, I kept going up, using the paved road to get to Allèves and then a car park below the Tours Saint-Jacques (Saint-Jacques Towers). They are a natural rock formation on the southern flank of Semnoz. I started on the ascent and passed by the Tours, but I didn’t spend much time there since I was behind on my schedule. I arrived at the Plateau du Semnoz after a while. The weather had soured by then: It was very cloudy with a bit of rain. I took the SIBRA summer shuttle (Ligne d’été) to get back to Annecy.
Above, near the train station in Albens.
Above, highway bridge in Alby-sur-Chéran.
Above, Chéran river.
Above, medieval quarter (bourg médiéval) of Alby-sur-Chéran. The town was renowned for its expertise in leatherwork and shoe making.
Above, blocked trail to the castle.
Above, poppy field.
Above, Montagne de Bange.
Above, leaving the paved road.
Above, more cows.
Above, Chéran river at the Moulin Janin.
Above, lilium martagon.
Above, first view of the Tours Saint-Jacques.
Above, Passerelle de Cusy / Gruffy.
Above, at the Chaos du Chéran, looking at the Pont de l’Abîme.
Above, steep trail to the bridge.
Above, Pont de l’Abîme.
Above, Chaos du Chéran from the bridge.
Above, on the way to Allèves.
Above, Tours Saint-Jacques.
Above, beneath the Tours.
Above, cows on the path at La Figlia.
Above, Chapelle Notre-Dame de la Vie.
Above, on the final part of the ascent to Plateau du Semnoz.
Above, Chalets de Gruffy on the Plateau.
Above, Crêt de l’Aigle.
Above, Roc des Boeufs.
Above, Chalets de Leschaux.
Above, Crêt de Chatillon.