The time for (re)discoveries!

Published May 10, 2020.

An obvious need for oxygenation and physical activity? Here are 5 ideas for walks and hikes to get together with family or friends to share at your own pace and according to your desires the simple pleasures of the great outdoors, while respecting the instructions of the authorities. Whether unusual, contemplative, sporty or panoramic, these walks and hikes through forests, mountain pastures and hamlets will take you to discover the wealth of the natural and architectural heritage of Grand-Bornand: rivers, mountain lakes, century-old chalets, chamois, ibexes, marmots and other vultures will be there to give you a moment's breath.

Roc des Arces tour
Duration: 2 hours
Height difference: 280m

This loop halfway up Mount Lachat allows you to enjoy the most beautiful view of the Aravis mountain range, crossing the entire length of the horizon, as you walk along the tracks and mountain paths.

The Mysterious Waterfall
Duration: 20min
Height difference: 50m

Legend has it that this pretty waterfall on the Nant du Chinaillon, which falls down a narrow gorge for some thirty metres, is said to mark the link between the very first Bornandins couple... A walk more than a hike, pleasant and refreshing in the shade of the beech forest of Grand-Bornand Chinaillon.

The Roman Bridge
Duration: 1 hour
Height difference: 110m

20m high and as its name indicates, the Roman bridge, which spans the Nant du Chinaillon, is located on the old Roman road to the Colombière pass.
Walking along the Borne, you leave the leisure area to join a covered and then sparse path that will lead you to the Roman bridge. This beautiful structure stands between the torrent of the Chinaillon, on a site offering peace and coolness.

The chalets of Cuillery and the plateau of Samance by the discovery trail in a mountain environment
Duration: 2h15
Height difference: 280m

The itinerary follows the mountain discovery trail. It provides information on the fauna and flora present along the path which leads, facing the Maroly valley dominated by Pointe Percée, to the traditional chalets in the hamlet of Cuillery. You can continue on to the Samance plateau which dominates the Chinaillon, a splendid panorama from the Col de la Colombière to La Tournette.
  •  - © T. Vattard
  •  - © Alpcat Médias
  •  - © C. Cattin - Alpcat Médias

Pedestrian trail through the forest
Duration : 1h30
Height difference: 130m

Walk, discover and learn through the theme trail with new wood carvings giving information about the specificities of the mountain forest. You can also find refuge in the woodcutters' hut. From the orientation table, enjoy the 180° view of the village, the Aravis mountain range and the Tournette massif.

Find all the itineraries on the application "Virées en Aravis !" to download on Google Play and the Appstore.
All the walks recommended above are signposted and practicable. For any other itinerary, ask about the conditions before you set off. The high altitude paths are still snow-covered. The Col de la Colombière is closed. Be careful and responsible!

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