Though the Alps are best loved for their skiing, we all know by now that there’s much more to this beautiful part of the world. When the snow has melted and the mountains are green and verdant once more, the Chatel area of the French Alps is the perfect place for an outdoorsy summer holiday.
Pleasant temperatures and spectacular views characterise Chatel between June and September, and with food as good here as it is anywhere in France, it really is a destination that has it all.
There are walks in the Chatel area suitable for people of all abilities and the one thing that they all share in common is the beautiful scenery you’ll be hiking through. Keep reading to find out more the best walks in Chatel.
Marked mountain paths
Though many of the paths around Chatel have existed for hundreds of years, and take in some beautiful views from the high pastures, it is all too easy for those unaccustomed to the tracks to lose their way on dead-end cow paths.
Luckily, there is a network paths through the most interesting scenery around Chatel which are marked by colour coded signs. Almost 90km of paths are marked, and walks vary from the very short to the full day hike.
They are mountain paths, so it’s important to wear the appropriate footwear and you can find out more and get a map from the Chatel Tourist Information Centre.
Walks with children
While parties of adults and older kids will enjoy the mountain paths they could be a bit hard going for younger children. Luckily there’s provision for easier walks near Chatel too, in the form of a series of themed walks.
These include a water trail, a birds trail, a riverside trail and a children’s trail with activities for little ones to take part in. These all run mostly downhill or flat, and while sensible footwear is still recommended, are less strenuous than the mountain paths.
There’s even a special smugglers’ way audio trail which allows visitors to follow in the footsteps of the smugglers and local officials who once played cat and mouse in these very mountains with a fascinating audio commentary.
If reading about this beautiful neck of the woods has got you yearning to get away, take a look at some of the beautiful chalets and holiday properties we’re selling in Chatel - you’d have an excuse to visit all the time if you bought one!
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