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HAUTECOUR

La Faverge: mountain pastures and woodland

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Setting off from Hautecour lake, this enjoyable and varied circular trail will have you stopping every few pedals: snack breaks and artistic curiosities, scenic viewpoints and mountain pastures perfect for a nap, archaeological heritage and leisure centre.
On the sunny slopes of Hautecour-Montgirod, probably best leave your watch at home!
Setting off from Hautecour lake, this enjoyable and varied circular trail will have you stopping every few pedals: snack breaks and artistic curiosities, scenic viewpoints and mountain pastures perfect for a nap, archaeological heritage and leisure centre.

8 points of interest
Small heritage

St Roch's and St Sébastien's Chapel

Built in the wake of a plague outbreak in 1618, this chapel is dedicated to St Roch, St Sebastian and St Fabian.
St Roch and St Sebastian, commonly invoked against the plague which struck Europe during this period, have remained the village's guardians. They are depicted in the sculptures and paintings of the altar, erected in 1874. In 2005-2006, the rough plaster on the main façade was restored according to the traditional method of old, and a new sundial was painted.
To the left of the chapel is an intriguing feature: a monolithic carved stone cross which would seem to predate the Christian era. It may have been used in reverence of Janus, for on the back are two sculpted heads symbolising Day and Night. In the middle is a hollow square, probably used as a box for offerings.

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Water

Le Boilet

Le Boilet is the only stream to flow through the municipality of Hautecour. Diverted from its initial course in the past, it was used as a headrace to supply water to the sawmills and other mills in the hamlets of Le Villard et Les Moulins. Along some stretches, it strayed off course, creating little ponds called nays, which the community used for soaking hemp. Water from the stream was also used to put out fires, water crops, for livestock to drink and for chores. Since 1990, it has been deviated to supply La Trappe lake.
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Archaeology

Montgirod's stone pitted with cupmarks

The village of Montgirod is home to some surprising heritage gems: a horizontal sundial and a stone pitted with cupmarks dating back to the Bronze Age. The stone was discovered in the village, although not exactly where it now stands, in front of Montgirod's church. It has round shapes and channels on it. We still do not have any clear idea of what purpose it served or the uses made of it: some seem figurative, others functional (perhaps for ritual libations, astronomic devices or border markers).
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Pastoralism

La Faverge mountain pasture

In summer months, the chalet and barn of La Faverge are used by the agricultural partnership GAEC Saint Guérin, which rears dairy cows.
In days gone by, the long barn could house up to 150 or so cows. They would be brought in at night, in bad weather or during heatwaves. The stream flowed across the building from one side to the other to make it easier to clean. The shepherd (also known as the séracier, gouverneur or pachonnier) was responsible for milking the cows twice a day, once at half-past three in the morning and again at half-past two in the afternoon. The milk was then brought to the chalet, "l'arbé", in milk churns called bouilles, which were carried on the workers' backs. It would then be turned into cheese and Sérac, which is a type of whey cheese.

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Small heritage

Pradier Chapel

This chapel is dedicated to St Bernard of Monjoux (1020-1081), the patron saint of mountain folk and climbers, skiers, residents and visitors to the Alps. Probably built in 1610, it received the pastoral visit of His Grace Benoît Théophile de Chevron-Villette, Bishop of Tarentaise, in 1634 and 1653. The interior décor features two scenes from the life of the patron saint as well as wall paintings of Alpine flowers. It was last restored, by Pradier locals, in 1984.
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History

Old communal oven in Le Breuil village

Houses with vaulting, typical of the local architecture, can be seen in this traditional Savoyard village, which also has a communal oven that has recently been renovated. The date this oven was built is unknown. Its 60 to 80cm-thick solid walls are built on rock foundations. The location of such a bread oven was always chosen a good distance away from dwellings and near a source of water. In the olden days, everyone knew how to make bread: it was baked in the communal oven once a month. The oven was pre-heated using firwood. The temperature was checked by throwing in a pinch of flour or a scrap of newspaper, and if it turned the colour of perfectly baked bread, it was hot enough. The remaining charred wood was taken out using "the scraper" and the oven was cleaned using a damp cloth. The loaves of bread were then put in using a long-handled timber peel. Baking time was usually about an hour.
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Small heritage

St Agathe's and St Marguerite's Chapel

Thanks to its prime location on a rocky promontory, this Gothic Revival-style chapel has become a landmark of the hamlet of Le Breuil.
It was built using funds donated by the village community and above all owing to the generosity of one of its most prominent locals: His Grace André Charvaz (1793-1870), who rose to become Archbishop of Genoa from 1852 to 1869.
Building work began in 1864 and ended in 1866. Myriad statues grace the interior, and the two women saints are depicted in the stained-glass windows.

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Know-how

Lez'arts en Adret

This artistic trail is dotted with exhibits by local and other artists. An outdoor art gallery with stone, timber or even straw showpieces! Highly original, they look right at home in the landscape.
Choose from two Land'ART circular routes:
Family-friendly trail around the lake: 800m
A longer trail going further afield, to the hamlets of Le Villard then Le Pradier (with stunning views over the peaks, and a goat farm among other delights): 4.5km

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Description

On the sunny slopes of Hautecour-Mongirod, this varied route takes you through several hamlets and the mountain pastures of La Faverge. It begins along a quiet mountain road meandering between woodland and mountain pasture. After Montgirod, the trail gets steeper, leading you up towards the mountain pasture of La Faverge via a track that is also suitable for vehicles. Halfway along, you'll come across a fantastic laid-out viewpoint - perfect for taking a break and admiring the peaks of Vanoise! Head back down through the woodland to the hamlet of Hautecour.

Follow the red waymarks: La Faverge.

E-bike rental shops:

Mout'n Bike
328 avenue de la Libération
73600 Moutiers, FRANCE
+33 (0)9 63 25 13 76

Intersport Montalbert
73210 Plagne Montalbert
+33 (0)4 79 09 78 28

Departure : La Trappe lake leisure centre, 73600 Hautecour
Arrival : La Trappe lake leisure centre, 73600 Hautecour
Towns crossed : HAUTECOUR, AIME-LA-PLAGNE, AIGUEBLANCHE

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Recommandations

Rando Vanoise has been designed to help you pick and choose your outings, but cannot be held liable where they are concerned. The mountain offers up a wide range of routes and trails for cyclists of all levels, but remember, it is a living, unpredictable environment and it is important that you head out suitably equipped. Ask advice from cycle rental operators.
If in doubt, you can take an introductory lesson in how to ride an electric bike with an instructor.

If you see a herd ahead, slow down and go round it. If there is a patou, a guard dog, climb down from your bike and walk, pushing it alongside you. Avoid making any sudden or aggressive gestures towards the dog and move away from the herd slowly and calmly. The dog will only be checking that you do not pose a threat to its herd. Respect the parkland and close gates behind you after you've gone through them.

The mountain is living, please respect it by staying on the paths and tracks.

Information desks

1139 avenue de Tarentaise<br>Aime<br>73210 Aime-la-Plagne,

http://www.laplagne-vallee.com

info.vallee@la-plagne.com

04 79 55 67 00


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80 Square de la Liberté, 73600 Moûtiers

http://www.coeurdetarentaise-tourisme.com

tourisme@coeurdetarentaise.fr

04 79 04 29 05

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Transport

Train services run as far as Moûtiers. Find out more at: www.oui.sncf.com
Dial-a-ride bus service on Tuesdays and Fridays. Since this is a booking-only service, be sure to call by 16:00 the day before. Enquiries with Transdev: +33 (0)4 79 24 21 58 or +33 (0)4 79 24 24 46

Access and parking

From Moûtiers, take the D85 road towards Hautecour, Le Breuil hamlet (follow signs for "Plan d'eau" (lake)). Car park opposite the lake.

Parking :

La Trappe lake car park leisure centre, 73600 Hautecour

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