Day off down the valley

Boxing Day

Wednesday 26/12/12

Christmas Day was very busy but seemed to have been a great success. After serving breakfast today we had the rest of the day off and having been ‘stuck’ in Les Carroz since the beginning of  December after the huge snowfall we couldn’t wait to drive off down the hill and do some exploring. It was great to be back in the van.

First stop was Le Fayet, about 40 minutes from Les Carroz, where we parked the van outside the Parc de Thermals and walked up towards the spa building which seemed quite popular. We carried on up the valley towards the Crespin waterfall and crossed the bridge spanning the river 51m below. Climbing higher still we walked up towards Saint-Gervais-Les-Bains, a very pretty town which is a stopping point on the Mont-Blanc Tramway and popular base for skiers. 

We walked the path back down to Le Fayet which for most of the route followed the tram track. Dave was delighted when just as we were about to finish our walk we came across ‘Anne’ on her way up the mountain, complete with snow plough attached to the front. The trip to Bellevue takes 50 minutes and costs in the region of 27€ - so not cheap but it a stunning trip.

Back in the van we took a wrong turn and headed back up the valley driving through Megeve and Combloux before ending back in Le Fayet. Through Sallanches we headed for Luzier and came across the fast flowing Cascade de L'Arpenaz (waterfall) and Lacs des Ilettes (lakes). 

Plenty of wonderful photo opportunities and a lovely day out, hopefully we can fit in a few more.


  1. You are looking very good there Kath - The mountains must agree with you.

    1. You should see me today - 20 out at 10 am this morning, 21 due in now. Phew - too old for this lark!!