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Holidays. The essential hikes to do with children…

In the Haute-Savoie mountains…

Budding hikers aged 5 and over first meet the cows of the mountain pastures that surround the Roy glacial lake nestled at 1,660 meters, a magnificent green and crystalline setting in the resort of Praz de Lys, which overlooks Taninges. . Along the route (3.6 km) there are incredible panoramas over the Giffre valley, the Môle, the Aravis and Mont-Blanc. The many treasure hunts organized by the department’s tourist offices should also appeal to children: for example, the Sentier des Smugglers in Praz sur Arly or the Chemin de Charlotte la Marmotte in Saint-Gervais-les-Bains.

For more information: https://www.prazdelys-sommand.com/equipement/le-lac-de-roy/; https://www.prazsurarly.com/le-chemin-des-contrebandiers/Le_sentier.html; https://www.savoie-mont-blanc.com/randonnees-et-balades/sur-la-piste-de-charlotte-la-marmotte-4988246/

On the Savoy side…

Accessible by stroller, the Garney loop (1.7 km), starting from the Corbier resort, leads parents and toddlers to meet the river of the same name. Along the way, small wooden bridges, ponies, goats and horses are the attraction. In the same style, the promenade of the Iles du Chéran also promises good times.

For those over 7 years old, it is recommended to tread the Sentier des Forts de l’Esseillon which starts in Aussois: return to 1840, 2 km in the unusual footsteps of soldier Alessandro. Another path to flush out without delay: the Circuit du lac Saint-Guérin which reveals the mysteries of the water cycle. Want to make a bigger impression? The Vanoise National Park really wants to be an ideal playground! On the program: hard work, sheep, a magical night in a refuge (why not at Fond des Fours?) and chamois in the rising sun…

To consult: https://www.le-corbier.com/ete/la-boucle-du-garney-en-ete.html; https://www.chamberymontagnes.com/fiche/promenade-confort-la-promenade-des-iles-du-cheran/; http://www.maurienne-tourisme.com/visiter_bouger/les-forts-de-l-esseillon-195315/; https://www.lessaisies.com/lac-de-saint-guerin-areches-beaufort.html; https://www.vanoise-parcnational.fr/fr


The Circus of Saint-Even. Picture the DL

In Isère…

The Cirque de Saint-Même, in the heart of the regenerating forests and waterfalls of Guiers, a torrent in the Chartreuse natural park, invites you to picnic and then follow several marked trails of different difficulties, from the fastest and easiest to the most muscular (access regulated and paying from May to September). To be found hidden in the peaks: the little owl, the golden eagle and the dipper.

More info: https://www.chartreuse-tourisme.com/destination/les-incontournables/ete/les-cascades-du-cirque-de-st-meme/

In the Vosges and the Jura…

Not far from Colmar, the valley of the lakes of Gerardmer, Longemer and Retournemer, below the Hohneck massif, stretches more than 300 kilometers of forests and peat bogs to explore with the family, including the Pont des Fées and the Saut de la Cuve among the best-known routes. Between Lons-le-Saunier and Mouthe, the town of Doucier is home to the famous Sentier des Cascades: Hérisson, Eventail… Whether it’s walking, recharging your batteries or cooling off, everyone will be delighted!

Visit https://www.tourisme-lorraine.fr/a-voir-a-faire/visites/sites-naturels/777000651-lac-de-retournemer-xonrupt-longemer and https://www.jura -tourism.com/live-the-jura/visit/the-essentials/cascades-du-herisson/

At the gates of Vaucluse…

The Dentelles de Montmirail, a rocky diadem culminating at 735 meters, extend over their steep slopes for several tens of kilometers of walks between scrubland, vineyards and picturesque villages. Something to satisfy all lovers of sun, nature, culture, who will return with memories full of their heads!

For more information: https://www.ventouxprovence.fr/reportages/dentelles-de-montmirail/les-villages-des-dentelleshtml.html

In the Loire…

Within the Forez mountains, the GR3, which crosses the 4-season resort of Col de la Loge, connects the source of the river to its estuary. On foot or by mountain bike, many complementary paths for the general public invite you to stroll between forest and pastures.

More info on the website https://www.station-coldelaloge.fr/

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