Fantastic walkway along the inside of the gorge. The walkway is attached to the wall of the gorge, not as scary as it sounds...it's quite secure. You probably need something of a head for heights. It's not suitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs and such. The walkway is mostly fairly flat; just the section at the other end of the gorge up a few steep steps and then it becomes an outdoor path which I don't recall being too uneven or perilous! The rock formations are spectacular both inside the gorge and looking down into the gorge from the top at the other end.
Look out for the two sets of footprints on the walkway in the gorge. If you stand on them and look up you'll see faces in the stone. There are boards in the woody walk above the gorge that tell a story that involves the faces in the rock.
There are two free carparks. The smaller one has quite a few steps up and then down to the entrance, not sure about the other. The entrance has a little shop and cafe and the staff were friendly. When you buy your ticket for the gorge (5.5 euros for an adult) you get a leaflet in your native language if possible to tell you all about the gorge.
Well worth a visit and a bargain price.
After our walk, we were back at the entrance where the Souvenir Shop and Cafe is located.
Toilet's are located here.
After a look at the shop, and buying some postcard's, it was time to buy something from the Cafe. We decided on an Ice-cream and drink each, and had it here under the awning, in this beautiful location in France.
We are now in a clearing, and here there are several notice board's, telling us about the Gorge, and about the tale of "Dianne," the Knight, and the little Page. All this happened long, long ago!
This area is known as the "Sea of Rocks." Here we could see giant boulder's that had been moved by the force of water. This is a different sight to the narrow Gorge, and this was the end of our one-way walk. Time to turn around and head back, both of us in agreeance, that this was an excellent Gorge to walk!
Leaving the Flood Level Marker behind, we are on our way again, walking underneath the arches of the old Railway and Road Bridge's. In this area, there are creeper's dangling over the cliff's, making it very pretty.
We wind our way around and around, eventually coming out of the Gorge and into a clearing!
So we have passed through the Entrance Gate and are starting our walk of the Gorge.
It isn't long before we are walking along the suspended walkway around the edge of the Canyon. We are 25 metre's high and are looking into the Gorge.
First, we stop to see a waterfall and then we are making our way between two limestone cliff's known as the "Portail." Next, looking up, we can see the Tree's above and I think it is rather pretty!
Our next stop is at the "Height Scale" against the Rock Wall. It was interesting to read just how high flood water's have been in this Gorge.
Evidently when there is heavy rain, the water in the Gorge rises in a matter of hour's, you wouldn't want to be caught in here!
Looking at the scale, we can see there has been enormous amount's of water pass through here!
Another beautiful area that is close to Annecy, are these Gorge's. Just 10kms, and we were there!
Following Route "Des Gorges du Fier" [Route D116] from Annecy, we found the signpost to the carpark, just before crossing the water bridge and into the small Town.
I am not sure if this is the only carpark, but it's the one we used.
There was an up hill walk, and then downhill to the Kiosk where we bought our ticket's.
With the ticket's comes a Map with information on what you can expect to see, which is a spectacular narrow canyon with rushing water.
This Gorge was created through a Glacier 20,000 years ago that became Lake Annecy, and much later, this Gorge was carved by the excess water coming from the Lake.
Allow approx 1 hour to see the Gorge.
ADMISSION IN 2011....Adults 5 euro's & Children [7-15 yrs] 2.50 euros
From 15 March to 14 June:........... 9:30 a.m. to 6:15 p.m. ..Last entry at 5.15PM
From 15 June to 10 September: ....9:30 a.m. to 7:15 p.m. ..Last entry at 6.15pm
From 11 September to 15 October: 9:30 a.m. to 6:15 p.m. ..Last entry at 5.15 pm
Check the website for excellent detail's on how to reach here.
Now I have told you these detail's, we will begin our walk through the Gorge's in the next few tip's
breathtaking narrow canyon on a footbridge
25 metres above the river
Follow signs to LOVAGNY - GORGES DU FIER
better to park in the
small car park located on Route de Chavanod.
Open : 15 march-15 october
For a good half-day trip outside of Annecy, check out the Gorges du Fier. Here you can experience the natural beauty of the gorge on a pathway literally anchored to the sheer rock face about 88 ft/27 m above the Fier river below. It's not a long walk through the gorge itself, only about 0.5 km round trip, but once you exit the gorge there's an open area next to a larger river that makes a good rest/swimming spot.
Open: March 15 - October 15.
Cost: No more than 5 euro.
Bottom-line: Provides an interesting perspective of the precipitous gorge walls that you'll rarely find elsewhere. Highly recommended if you have the time and transportation.