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Boucle cyclo : Tour des Voirons

in Annemasse
49.5 km
Bike routes
Hard
  • Perfect for a first experience of a "red level" circuit. You'll especially enjoy the little Col de Saxel (943 m), which is ideally positioned at the half-way point and has all the right characteristics for an introduction mountain cycle touring !

    Direction of travel: clockwise
    Landmarks and connections: Ville-la-Grand (shared departure with Balcons d'Annemasse no. 26, Circuit de la Vallée Verte no. 28 and the Annemasse / Thônes link route no. 23); Machilly (leave Balcons d'Annemasse no....
    Perfect for a first experience of a "red level" circuit. You'll especially enjoy the little Col de Saxel (943 m), which is ideally positioned at the half-way point and has all the right characteristics for an introduction mountain cycle touring !

    Direction of travel: clockwise
    Landmarks and connections: Ville-la-Grand (shared departure with Balcons d'Annemasse no. 26, Circuit de la Vallée Verte no. 28 and the Annemasse / Thônes link route no. 23); Machilly (leave Balcons d'Annemasse no. 26); Brens (leave the Annemasse / Thonon-les-Bains link route no. 23); Bons-en-Chablais (leave Circuit de la Vallée Verte no. 28); Boëge (return route shared with Circuit de la Vallée Verte no. 28); bridge at Morand (leave the RD20 main road, don't miss the turn-off) Regional rail network stations: Machilly, Bons-en-Chablais
    Description: To complete the circuit of this modest cluster of mountains in the foothills of the Alps, which is completely covered in forests (summit 1,480 metres), you must ascend the Col de Saxel. But there's no need to worry: the gradient is very steady and never exceeds 5% over a distance of 8 km. Added to that, it's well shaded and faces north-east, so the sun is never overpowering; you could say that this is a "mountain pass training school" for learner mountain-bikers! The route itself is not difficult to follow, nor is it particularly dangerous. One way and another, this route has a lot to recommend it. But make sure you don't miss the turn-off from the RD20 main road when you reach the bridge at Morand, at the bottom of the descent from the valley. The mini balcony route that is suggested to get back to La Bergue and then Cranves-Sales keeps you off busy main roads until you reach the outskirts of Annemasse.
  • Departure
    Annemasse
  • Difference in height
    848 m
  • Plain text period
    From 15/04 to 31/10.
    Accessible outside of snowy periods depending on weather conditions. Contact the Tourist Office beforehand for information on current access conditions.
  • Documentation
    GPX / KML files allow you to export the trail of your hike to your GPS (or other navigation tool)
  • Accepted customers
    • Individuals
Points of interest
1 Sculpture : Le clown
Monumental sculpture in the town center near the church, built in 1999 by Daniel Chassin in honor of the new century.
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2 Lake Machilly
With its source in the Voirons massif, the Foron is a waterway which crosses the Annemasse region from end to end. It crosses wet zones, agricultural plains, meadows, villages and also cities.
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3 Castle of Saint Michel d'Avully
Situated in the Lake Geneva basin, in Chablais, between Thonon and Annemasse, the castle extends over a private domain of 15 hectares on the mountainside. Listed as a Historic Monument, it has been magnificently restored and has recovered all its medieval cachet.<br/>Built on an ancient Gallo-Roman site in the 12th century by the d'Avully family, the château was fortified in the 14th century by order of the Count of Savoy.

At the end of the 15th century, it was sold to the de Saint-Michel family of Geneva, who gave it its final appearance. Bought by the Saint François de Sales family in the 18th century, it then suffered the ravages of the French Revolution, before falling into ruin and oblivion for almost two centuries...

Today, the building is proud of its appearance, and invites you to discover its gardens, its farmyard, its moat, and its magnificent rooms decorated with murals that tell the story of life in the Middle Ages and the history of the States of Savoy (museum).

Privately owned and classified as a Historic Monument, this 14-hectare park is home to a magnificently restored château that has regained its medieval character (moat, drawbridge, keep, murals).

The château can be visited all year round, either on your own or on a guided tour, and is also available for private events (weddings, receptions, etc.).
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4 Grenette de Boege
The "grenette" in Boëge was used to weigh grain and press fruit until 1853. The grain was weighed in the stone scales. It is now listed as a Monument Historique.
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848 meters of difference in height
  • Maximum altitude : 947 m
  • Minimum altitude : 436 m
  • Total positive elevation : 848 m
  • Total negative elevation : -848 m
  • Max positive elevation : 158 m
  • Min positive elevation : -99 m
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