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GRP Littoral du Léman, Etape 1 : St Gingolph - Meillerie

The first stage of the GRP Litorral du Léman will take you from Saint Gingolph to Meilleirie. You'll start off by the lake and then climb up to admire the view of Lake Geneva.

Sport GRP Littoral du Léman, Etape 1 : St Gingolph - Meillerie Saint-Gingolph


Departing from Saint-Gingolph (74500)
Average length : 03h00
Total elevation gain : 440m
Vertical drop : 330m
Distance : 8km
Signed walking trail
Animals allowed

Departing from the Franco-Swiss village of Saint Gingolph, you will follow in the footsteps of the bacounis, the boatmen on the shores of Lake Geneva who gave their name to this ancient towpath along the banks of the lake.

On this short first stage, retrace the history of these coastal towns: the route takes you not far from the old Meillerie quarries, exploited from the 19th century onwards, whose stones shaped the Palais des Nations and Geneva-Cornavin station. On the foothills of the Mémises mountain, you will pass through the hamlets of Locum and Les Plantés. This section through the heart of the Bois des Grandes Feuillasses takes you under the imposing Rochers du Balairon to the beautiful panorama of La Fauconière: Meillerie and Lake Geneva stretch out before you.

As you descend towards the village of Meillerie, you will come across the Pierre à Jean-Jacques Rousseau. It is said to have inspired Rousseau to write his epistolary novel "Julie ou la Nouvelle Héloïse".

End of the stage at the Meillerie landing stage.

Total elevation gain : 440m
Altitude max : 690m
Vertical drop : 330m


Signs and markings : departmental charter

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    Start: Saint Gingolph, lakeside
    1/ At the "Saint-Gingolph (Lac Léman)" signpost, follow the signs for "Bret".
    2/ From "Bret" continue towards "Meillerie (Débarcadère)", passing the following signposts: "Les Plantés", "Rocher du Balairon", "La Fauconnière (Panorama)", "La Fauconnière", "Pré Fournet", "Carrière des Etalins", "Pierre J-Jacques Rousseau", "Bois Coment".
    3/ Arriving at "Meillerie (Débarcadère)" brings you to the end of your 1st leg.


    Free access.


    Animals allowed

    For the peace and quiet of wild and domestic animals, please keep to the paths and keep your dogs on a lead.

    Period of practice

    All year round.

    Subject to favorable snow and weather conditions.

    • Pets welcome


    1 rue du Lac, Saint Gingolph 74500 Saint-Gingolph
    Departing from : Saint-Gingolph (74500)
    Latitude : 46.393834 - Longitude : 6.804931
    Moving across the city : Saint-Gingolph (74500), Meillerie (74500)
    Information update on 22/05/2024 by Conseil Départemental de la Haute-Savoie