Monday, 21 June 2010


The Old Schoolhouse, Bionassay

This walk begins in the village of Bionnassay at 1315m, well below the Aiguille de Bionnassay peak, a shoulder of Mont Blanc, which is over 4000m. We parked by a bridge over a small stream and walked up the hill past the former village school and past a cottage with a wonderful verge of flowers, including many Lupins, outside.

Almost opposite was another lovely alpine flower meadow.

As we approached the blank end of the valley a waterfall could be seen descending from the massif on the right.

After a climb of about a mile, we turned right and climbed some more through woodland to reach a hamlet called Le Planet at 1551m.

Here we turned left to begin the descent back to the village. As we approached it, we saw this lovely meadow with the valley stretching away beyond.

Distance: About 2.5 miles; 235m of climb/descent.

Conditions: cloudy, threat of rain

Rating: four stars. Short and simple, but a delight nonetheless.

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