Walking in France

Your Guide to Walking in France

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Discover local culture, savour delicious food and wines, and get to know the breath-taking beauty of the French countryside.

The French Alps in summer remain one of the best-kept secrets for alpine walking, and are the ideal place for anyone looking to experience the incredible beauty of mountain scenery.

There are few places in the world where you can lie sunbathing on a lush Alpine meadow, gazing up at mountains that tower 13,000 feet into the sky.

With picture-perfect views that look like they’re straight out of a storybook and plenty of activities such as hiking, swimming and cycling, you will have a chance to refresh both body and mind.

Walking in France:

Morzine | Chamonix | Lake Annecy | La Clusaz | Samoëns | Guided Walks


Morzine Walks: Rivers, Lakes & Waterfalls

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Hundreds of kilometres of marked footpaths await you in the mountains surrounding Morzine. The area has an incredible variety of walking routes: enjoy an easy stroll following the Dranse river, ramble around the serene Lake Montriond or hike to the spectacular Nyon waterfall.

Our Favourite Walks in Morzine

Fox Trail

Looking for a stroll with stunning views? This trail is the perfect way to discover the valley. It winds alongside the picturesque Dranse River for 11 kilometres, but feel free to turn back whenever you like.

Along the way, you'll spot signs with fascinating facts about the area's rocks and wildlife, including the clever foxes that call this place home.


Point de Nyon

The Point de Nyon is a beautiful walk offering great views over Morzine and the Alps.

Follow the signs to the Nyon Waterfall and chalet and then it’s a steep ascent through the forest up to the Plateau de Nyon, a grassy meadow with lots of Alpine cows and fantastic views.

Lake Annecy: Alpine Meadows, Forests & Lakeside Views

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Lake Annecy is a dream destination for experienced walkers and the region boasts spectacular Alpine meadows, beautiful forests and incredible views over 8,000km of marked paths.

The route around Annecy lake is easy going, with plenty to discover in the town itself.

Our Favourite Walks in Lake Annecy

Talloir Tour: Historical Walk

Discover the enchanting village of Talloires on a walking tour. The tourist office can provide you with maps showing a suggested route through the main streets, taking in key sights and historic buildings dating back to the 9th century.

Bout de Lac Reserve Naturelle

The Bout de Lac Reserve Naturelle offers an easy, flat walk that's a hit for many reasons. It's a peaceful escape where you can enjoy the tranquility, rivers feeding into the lake, and a variety of flora and fauna.

The circular path through the nature reserve can also lead you to a beach spot where you can watch Lake Annecy's paragliders gracefully land.

Right next to the beach, at the port, you have the option to rent pedalos, boats, and paddleboards. It's an excellent choice for a leisurely day out, blending a bit of nature, relaxation, and water sports.


Walking in Chamonix: Peak Pursuits

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As a gateway to Europe's highest mountain, Chamonix is the perfect spot to base yourself for a walking holiday. There are self-guided walks that cover every level and difficulty.

Explore its village or hike high up in the peaks. Well sign-posted trails make it easy to find your way around.

Our Favourite Walks in Chamonix

Lac des Gaillands

Lac des Gaillands is a perfect, easy, and family-friendly stroll around the lake. It's just two kilometres long, so you're looking at about a half-hour walk.

It's a fantastic way to familiarise yourself with the area at the beginning of your holiday. Les Praz to Lac Blanc This scenic walk is a gem, not too tough, and is a part of the famous Tour de Mont Blanc trail.

The whole walk is about 6.1 kilometres long, and you'll probably need around three hours to enjoy it properly. The views? They're something else. You'll get to see the stunning Chamonix Aiguilles, Les Drus, and La Verte along the way.

Start your adventure with the Flégère cable car, which lifts you up towards the Lac Blanc. And there's even a cosy mountain refuge on the way where you can grab a drink or a bite to eat.

Once you reach Lac Blanc, make sure to take a little walk around. The views of the Mont Blanc Massif from here are absolutely breath-taking. It's a spot you won't want to rush leaving.


Walking in La Clusaz: Step into Adventure

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La Clusaz is a hidden gem nestled 1,000 meters up in the Col des Aravis, a spot famous among Tour de France enthusiasts for its stunning mountain pass.

But it's not just for the cycling pros, this village is a haven for outdoor lovers of all stripes. Whether you're into gentle strolls, cycling, paragliding, tackling via ferrata, or zooming down the luge d’ete summer toboggan, La Clusaz has something for you.

The area has a variety of paths that cater to every level, from easy family walks to more adventurous mountain treks. Some routes start right in the village, making access a breeze.

Or, for a change of scenery, you can hop on a cable car (available during select months) and head up to the Beauregard Plateau. Here, amidst forests and valleys, you'll be treated to the soothing sound of cowbells, the sight of stunning blue lakes, possibly a glimpse of shy mountain marmots, and of course, incredible views of Mont Blanc.

Our Favourite walks in La Clusaz

La Croix de Fer

This easy walk, taking roughly 1 hour and 30 minutes, starts about 7 kilometres from the village, just a short bus ride away. Your walk kicks off at the Col des Aravis car park, leading you into the mountains where you're in for some fantastic scenery.

Along the way, you might even catch a glimpse of the iconic Mont Blanc. It’s a great way to spend a morning or afternoon, soaking in the beauty of the area with an elevation gain of 160 metres, making it accessible for most.

Lac de Tardevant

Prepare for a bit of an adventure with a walk to Lac de Tardevant, boasting an elevation of 842 metres. This trek will take you around 4 hours and 30 minutes, starting from L’Arpettaz Les Confins, which is 4 kilometres from the village and accessible by a short bus ride.

Les Confins, a stunning plateau beneath the la Chaine des Aravis, features a charming small lake and is the perfect starting point for this slightly longer journey. Along the way, you’ll find two restaurants where you can stop for a relaxing lunch (just check their opening times first).

The highlight? Reaching the top and marvelling at the stunning views over Lac de Tardevant. It’s a rewarding challenge that offers a taste of the majestic alpine landscapes.


Samoëns: A Little Slice of Haute-Savoie Heaven

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Samoëns is a charming village nestled amongst seven majestic mountains, offering beautiful views and cultural gems. For those drawn to the outdoors, walking holidays in Samoëns are a gateway to the Haute-Savoie region's wonders.

Here, trails cater to every walking level, from easy, family-friendly walks to more challenging long-distance treks. These paths wander through the shadows of some of Europe's most imposing mountains, including the towering Mont Blanc.

Whether you're looking for a leisurely stroll or a challenging mountain hike, Samoëns offers a unique blend of natural beauty, historical richness, and untouched village charm.

Our Favourite Walks in Samoëns

Chantemerle and Les Suets

This moderate walk takes you on a journey through Samoëns' historical landscape, starting from the town hall.

As you wander past ancient dry stone walls and through the quaint villages of Les Combes and Chantemerle, you'll find yourself immersed in the area's rich past.

The trail then leads you through the forests of the Suets, where breathtaking views await. Keep your eyes peeled; you might even catch a glimpse of the majestic Mont Blanc mountain range.

Covering around 7.2 kilometres with an ascent of approximately 538 metres, this walk is a blend of cultural discovery and natural beauty.

Tête du Pre des Saix Walking Area

For those looking to explore from a higher vantage point, the Tête du Pre des Saix walking area is accessible by cable car from Samoëns (note that the cable car operates only on specific dates).

Once you reach this area, a variety of marked trails unfold before you, each promising its own unique set of stunning views. Hiking here during the summer months, you'll feel as though you're on top of the world, surrounded by the beauty of nature.

Read our guide for things to do in Samoëns.


Guided Walks in France

Enjoy up to two guided walks as part of your holiday in Chamonix and Morzine. Led by a professional guide, you'll have the choice each week between an easy-to-moderate option and a more challenging adventure.

It's a fun way to get some fresh air, maybe meet some new friends, and discover hidden gems you wouldn't find on your own. Your knowledgeable local guide will be there to answer any questions and ensure a fantastic experience.

Chamonix Guided Walks

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Join us for a full-day guided walk every Monday and Friday. Whether you prefer a leisurely stroll or a heart-pumping hike, Chamonix is an outdoor lover's paradise. Many of our walks take us to high altitudes, so you might even find patches of snow in the middle of summer.

Morzine Guided Walks

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Discover the wonders of Morzine on a full-day guided walk, also offered every Monday and Friday. With a range of trails to suit everyone, from gentle paths at lower elevations to more challenging routes higher up, you're sure to find the perfect adventure. Morzine's stunning natural beauty and panoramic views will leave you breathless.

Morzine Walking Holidays


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