There’s no end to the number of fantastic walks in the Aravis, all with fabulous views. Janelle says: "There are lots of great places to go walking or running locally. Some are way off the beaten track and some are literally steps from our door with a variety of scenery from forest to rivers to open fields. It's not unusual to come across some unusual sights either: a hidden but not forgotten graveyard, a monument to a fallen soldier from the war, caves with pre-historic fossils, a forest paintball park, even an old farm where you can pick up a round of cheese!” Here are some of the ones we love best.
From Croix Fry to Les Maisons des Bois (Caroline, Karen).
Tour de L’Endran with a stop at Vé la Marie à Noré for a drink.
Walking to the top of Mont Charvin (Karen) – Karen says: “What a walk, what a view, and what are those people doing carrying bikes on their shoulders up the mountain?”
Beauregard (Sylvie, Karen, Wendy) – Sylvie says: “We used the lift to get up, then on the walk down we watched the cows take themselves down for milking and picked blueberries which I made into a pie that evening.”
Le Plateau des Glières (Wendy) – Wendy says: “This high plateau provides a history lesson on World War II and the French Resistance through information boards and a nature walk. It's touching to see the cross where a Resistance fighter died as he tried to escape from the makeshift hospital with a broken leg when the Germans arrived. There's also a memorial to visit, lots of walks, amazing views and plenty of refuges for sampling the traditional meals.”
Confins lake to La Clusaz (Celine) – Celine says: “An excellent family walk. Easy access, very peaceful and a superb view of the mountains. It’s also the departure point for several hikes more suited to active families. There are four restaurants near the lake, including the unmissable Chalet du Lac, which is perfect at any time of day. Make sure you book!”
Near Annecy: the Col de la Forclaz de Montmin (Celine): Celine says: “You can hike here from Annecy if you are fairly active, or just drive up and enjoy a gentle walk in the Col, which offers a great view of the lake. The paragliders take off from here throughout the day, which is an added attraction. Stop at the Chalet de la Pricaz for a drink or book a table on the terrace for the end of the day and enjoy the sunset over the lake before a traditional dinner.”