5 ISSUES FOR £5 Subscribe to France Magazines today click here

Enjoy a multi-activity holiday in the French Alps this summer

PUBLISHED: 10:32 07 June 2018 | UPDATED: 10:37 07 June 2018

Looking dows the Maurienne valley towards Bramans from the Lac Blanc path (c) Andy Hodges

Looking dows the Maurienne valley towards Bramans from the Lac Blanc path (c) Andy Hodges

Archant

Need ideas for this summer holiday in France? There are plenty of routes for a multi-activity trip in the Maurienne valley in the French Alps

Are you someone who wants to visit an Alpine region for a couple of weeks to explore and enjoy a number of mountain activities perhaps with different companions? But maybe you don’t want to visit one of those expensive ‘honeypots’? Then the Maurienne valley has everything you could wish for. Whether you are with a group of friends, or with the family, having a range of activities in the immediate area from which to choose is the perfect solution.

Mountain leader Andy Hodges once asked where the French mountain guides go for their holidays; ‘La Vanoise,’ was the reply. And so began an adventure to discover a range of mountains steeped in history, modest in altitude and of breathtaking beauty, resulting in his guidebook Mountain Adventures in the Maurienne, which features 50 fantastic routes spread across seven different activities.

A family enjoys the view of the glaciers from Mont Froid (c) Andy Hodges A family enjoys the view of the glaciers from Mont Froid (c) Andy Hodges

“The Maurienne valley is over 60km long, towered over by peaks of staggering symmetry straight from a child’s drawing of mountains,” writes Andy.

The Vanoise massif lies on the north side of the Maurienne valley, a beautiful range of mountains crowned by glaciers. You may have heard of the nearby ski resorts of Val d’Isère and Meribel, but the Vanoise National Park is a protected area, unspoilt by the trappings of the ski industry, where nature and wildlife remain undisturbed, a delightful region to explore.

The longest suspension bridge on a route in France (c) Andy Hodges The longest suspension bridge on a route in France (c) Andy Hodges

“The Maurienne valley is one of those believed to be central to the most famous of Alpine journeys, Hannibal’s crossing of the Alps. His supposed route into Italy is now a pleasant half-day’s walk to a far-reaching viewpoint described in the guidebook. The valley also once formed the main route from Lyon to Milan and was part of the Spice Road between these two important cities – the village of Termignon had a chapel dedicated to Notre Dame de Poivre (Our Lady of the Pepper).”

In his Maurienne guidebook, author Andy Hodges bubbles with enthusiasm for the region…

Cycling up towards the Col de la Croix de Fer (c) Andy Hodges Cycling up towards the Col de la Croix de Fer (c) Andy Hodges

“The valley offers some of the finest modern via ferratas in France, routes specifically designed for sport, with reliable and well-maintained equipment taking direct lines up soaring cliffs and into the deepest of gorges. Walks and scrambles allow real summits to be reached from the valley in a day, with views reaching to the highest mountain giants in the distance, and mountaineering journeys allow the high summits to be reached without tackling glaciers. Cyclists will find themselves surrounded by Alpine giants familiar to any Tour de France follower, Col de l’Iseran, Col du Galibier and Col de la Croix de Fer amongst them. Nor will mountain bikers be disappointed, with waymarked trails threading through the forests and ski lifts to take the sting out of long climbs.”

Let Andy’s guidebook to this beautiful region ignite a similar passion, and you will return many times.

Also available from Cicerone: Chamonix Mountain Adventures

cicerone.co.uk

Article by France Magazine France Magazine

Subscribe today

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

France Forum

Questions about France? Visit our free France forum to get help and advice from thousands of other Francophiles and expats. Topics include: property, tax, law, travelling, pets, education, healthcare and much more.

Join the forum

Most Read

Join us on social media

France magazine
Living France magazine
French Property News magazine

Enter our competitions

Win books, DVDs, travel and even holidays in France in our great competitions! Take a look at our latest competitions…

Enter now