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Mountain bike itinerary: Le chemin du facteur

Doussard
Mountain bike itinerary: Le chemin du facteur © Marc Dufournet More photos
  • Mountain bike itinerary: Le chemin du facteur

Mountain biking itinerary

  • Distance 19km
  • Change in altitude (uphill) 180m
  • Departure Doussard
  • Duration 01h45
  • Difficulty Very easy
  • Maximum altitude Not reported

Opening period

All year round.

Subject to snow conditions.

Description

An easy loop from one hamlet to another, to visit and discover local
Bauges heritage. Landmarks to visit: communal oven and fountain in Marceau, Pont d'Arnand bridge, Giez church and golf course, Montmin canyon, Verthier hamlet.

From the Doussard Beach carpark, cross D1508 road towards the sports complex; pass between the tennis courts to the bike path that you will take to Lathuile (les Marais), at the intersection with route du Bout du Lac. Turn left, and then head into the marshy area on the right-hand side. The trail rides along Ruisseau de la Bornette stream. When you exit the marsh, take another left, cross route du Bout du Lac, and then turn right onto a narrow paved road that ascends towards Marceau and that rides along Ruisseau de la Bornette stream. Visit the communal oven and fountain.
When you leave the hamlet, turn right onto the 1st drivable road, and then take the GR96 trail to Arnand where a nice bridge allows you to cross the Ire River. Take the road heading downhill, and then turn right onto route des Côtes until you reach the intersection with Chemin de la Serraz, turn right here. Next, pass through the small Z.A. des Vernays business park. The path continues through the forest, slightly uphill, and then heads back downhill to Le Birdie hotel, in Giez. Turn left onto the road that descends towards the prairie, and then just after the driving range turn left onto a path called “Chemin des Planches à la Gare”, which leads to the bike path. Take the bike path to a place called “Sous les Murets”, where it intersects with Chemin Rural de Vesonne. Turn right to join up with Route de Vesonne, continue riding on D42 road, cross Nant de Montmin creek – a very popular spot for canyoning among local guides and whitewater enthusiasts – then turn left onto Chemin de la Forge, and then right onto chemin du Pré de l’Ile which descends to the small hamlet “le Villard”. Turn right, and take a path called Rochafaux, which rides along Nant de Montmin creek to Verthier hamlet. Take time to marvel at the washhouse, the old chapel, and Blain house… – Take Route du Vieux Pont, cross Route de Talloires and continue on Route de la Vieille Eglise – the entrance to the Bout du Lac d’Annecy Nature Reserve – until you reach D1508 road. Cross this main road at Pont Monnet bridge, then turn right on to the bike path towards Bout du Lac, ride to the tennis courts and cross back over D1508 road to your starting point.

Price

Free access. 5 mountain bike routes kit to purchase for 3€ in the Faverges and Doussard Tourist Offices.

Accepted means of payment
  • Cheque
    Cheque
  • Cash
    Cash

Environment

  • Lakeside or by stretch of water

Map

Information updated by Office de Tourisme des Sources du Lac d'Annecy

  • Route de la Plage
  • Plage de Doussard
  • 74210 Doussard
04 50 44 60 24 Website Contact