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THE LAKE TOUR

Sentiers Pont des ilesOptions for taking the lake tour include walking, roller-skating, bicycling or renting a surrey, in all seasons. The site is closed to automobiles.

Don’t miss, along the hippodrome, the planet trail where the solar system is depicted. The size of the planets and the distance between them is respected on a miniature scale; each time you move one metre, you travel 10 million km! Explanatory brochure available at the Tourist Office

THE DIVONNE RIVER AND THE CRANS CANAL

In hot weather, you’ll enjoy the coolness generated by the foliage and the river.

Two starting points:

Departure from the bridge on Avenue Marcel Anthonioz (close to the Home Business hotel residence) to walk along the Divonne to Forestland.

Or from Pont des îles – across from the Forestland car park – to walk along the Crans canal to Marais des Bidonnes, where you might get the chance to see descendants of prehistoric aurochs.

Return on the same path or on the path along the lakes.

Other tours

TOUR OF THE SPRINGS

Departure from the Paul Vidart spring (next to the casino), passes in front of the Emma spring (next to the theatre) and the Barbilaine spring (close to Hôtel de Ville). From Hôtel de Ville, a trail takes you along the golf course to the Grande Source. Guided visits possible with the Tourist Office.

MONT MUSSY ET MONT MOUREX

Bonne baladeFrom the top of the Grande Source, walk a few dozen metres and then cross the road: by taking Chemin des Dames (easy) you can walk up to Mont Mussy where there is a Fitness trail accessible to everyone.

You can then continue along the marked path through the woods to the top of Mont Moureux, where you'll discover a splendid view of Lake Geneva, the Alps and the Jura.

LA CHAÎNE DU HAUT JURA

Various trails take you from Divonne-les-Bains to the Jura’s highest peaks. 

Discover a selection of walking tours departing from Divonne-les-Bains

TOUR OF MONT-MOUREX

Duration: 2 1/2 to 3 hrs. depending on the departure site
Level of difficulty: Easy hike. The only difficulty is the Sentier des Dames towards the beginning.
This hike is an invitation to wander around just a stone's throw from Divonne, on Mont-Mourex which has a rich history and is covered with luxurious vegetation.
Departure: Divonne-les-Bains in front of the Tourist Office or Hôtel de Ville (possibility of starting at Mont Mussy) Vertical climb: 200m

MARAIS DES BIDONNES AND CANAL DE CRANS

Duration: 1 1/2 hrs.
Level of difficulty: Very easy hike
A hike to discover a wetland environment and its inhabitants, punctuated with information boards
Departure: Divonne-les-Bains, Pont des Iles
Along the path: Gentiane pneumonanthe (Marsh Gentian), aurochs, beavers, alders, reed beds, oak trees
Heritage: as early as 1265, the Canal de Coppet transported some of the water from the Versoix (or Divonne) river to the towns of Boggy and Commugny.

Did you know? The beaver is our country’s largest rodent. Adult beavers can weigh 20 to 25 kilograms and measure 1 to 1.2m (including 30 centimetres for their flat tail). Beavers are excellent swimmers and can remain underwater for 10 minutes. They eat plants, small branches and bark. Their habitat, which is made of branches and tree trunks, resembles a burrow that can be accessed from a sub-surface under the water. In May, female beavers produce 1 to 3 offspring.

CROSS-BORDER HIKE: DEPARTING FROM LES PRALIES

Duration: 2 hrs. 15 mins.
Level of difficulty: Easy hike (bring identity papers)
Discover cross-border marvels around the Bonmont abbey and in the footsteps of the Romans
Departure: "Les Pralies" is the recommended departure site
Vertical climb: 100m
Along the path: Vie de l'Etraz, Bois de Recredoz, fountain and clock tower, Bonmont castle and abbey, sloping marsh, border markers
Heritage: In the early 12th century, the Divonne sires called upon the monks of the Balerme convent to build a prayer site on the Pélens territory, in the Jura foothills, along the “Vie de l’Etraz”. This is how the Cistercian abbey of Bonmont came to be built in 1123. Since the order allowed economic activity, Bonmont developed by growing crops, breeding animals and doing craft work. That was how the wooded areas and marshes were cultivated. Animal farming also made up a significant share of the monks’ activity. For example, the Dôle and the Sèche des Amburnex mountain pastures belonged to the abbey. Starting in the 13th century, sheep farming was replaced with cow farming.

Did you know? Pays de Gex used to be crossed by a Roman road, the “via strata” or “vy d’etraz”, which passed above its springs; it was an important transportation link that allowed the Romans to reach the Nyon stables.

THE DÔLE: DEPARTING FROM LE FLEUTRON

Duration: 4 hrs.
Level of difficulty: a significant amount of climbing
A hike to discover different levels of vegetation from the forest to the mountain pastures
Departure: Le Fleutron, a forest road upstream from the campsite (a hike in a natural reserve)
Vertical climb: 1050m
Along the path: The view from Le Contour du Rocher (variant), the “La fenêtre du Léman” observation post, the Petite and Grande Grand chalets

LES BAS MONTS AND CHEMIN DES GENÊTS 

Duration: 3 to 4 hrs.
Level of difficulty: A fairly easy hike
You will hike towards the low mountains and the village of Vesancy
Departure: Mont-Mussy car park
Along the path: Chestnut trees, Riantmont chapel, village of Vesancy, old road from Gex to Mourex called "Chemin des Genêts", village of Mourex

THE DÔLE THROUGH THE SWISS MOUNTAIN PASTURES

Duration: 5 hrs.
Level of difficulty: average
A long, beautiful hike towards a Swiss mountain summit, the Dôle. You will enjoy the 360° panorama and, if you are lucky, will get to witness a herd of chamois.

Departure: Baraque de Divonne

Participants can also depart from the “Fleutron” (Alt. 620m) or the “Cabosse” (Alt. 1385m). It is possible to hike back and forth to the Dôle from this site (plan on 2 and ½ hrs.).

Instructions: bring identity papers for France and Switzerland. For information about the forest road’s opening periods, contact the Réserve Naturelle de la Haute Chaîne du Jura.

Along the path: Swiss mountain pastures, chamois, chalets of the Vattay mountain pastures, mountain forest, panorama of the Lake Geneva and Les Rousses, sub-alpine flora, restored walls

Heritage: Visible far away from the Dôle, like from many mountains in the Jura (Le Chasseron, La Dent de Vaulion, Le Mont d'Or, Le Mont Tendre) and the Alps (Mont Blanc, Aiguille Verte, sometimes Le Cervin), the Forêt du Massacre used to be named Forêt de la Frasse. When, in the 16th century, the Savoyards attempted to seize Geneva, François the 1st, an ally of the Bernois, sent a detachment of 1,000 Italian mercenaries to defend it. Going back up the Valserine river, they came across the Duke of Savoy's army which counterattacked and ravaged them on the Jura plateau. The forest then took on and kept the name "Forêt du Massacre” (forest of the massacre).

Did you know? With an average weight of 400 grams, the Hazel Grouse is Europe's smallest grouse. Its plumage, which is the colour of “dead leaves”, allows it to blend into the forest environment which is its natural habitat. It lives in coppice forests and “beech-fir” forests as well as mountain edges and forests sparsely populated with spruce trees. Its diet is made of shoots and buds, leaves and flowers, seeds, berries and fruits. It lives in pairs and lays 7 to 12 eggs in May-June that it hatches on the ground, at the mercy of predators. Like the Wood Grouse, it is a victim of disruption and human activities and therefore now benefits from sanctuaries.

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