Pralognan to la Croix
Country - France
Region - Savoie (73) - Vanoise National Park
Author - Lou Johnson
Ascent - 150 metres / 495 feet
Descent - 150 metres / 495 feet
Time - 2.00 hours
This short walk is ideal for an evening stroll or for those days when visibility in the mountains is poor due to low cloud or rain. There are some uphill sections that provide some welcome exercise and the views are good. The small village of la Croix still retains some character although note that there are no sources of refreshment.
The start is the market square in the centre of Pralognan. From here take the main road following the one-way traffic out of town into Avenue de la Grande Casse. Turn left into Cote du Plan and follow this narrow street uphill between houses to a main road. Cross the road to the bust stop and take the signed footpath that leads uphill into woodland.
You are now on the path to la Croix. The path is signed and clearly marked on the suggested map. After climbing for some minutes you reach the first path junction. Go straight ahead and continue to Beauregard. Here the path forks. Take the right fork and continue to la Croix descending quite steeply as the village is reached.
Despite some evidence of modernisation, the houses in the village still retain their character. Narrow streets and a village pump all add character to the scene. After exploring the village retrace your steps back to Pralognan.
- IGN Carte de Randonnée - Les Trois Vallees & Modane, Parc National de la Vanoise - 1:25000 Sheet 3534 OT
French IGN mapping is available in digital format by area and 'cut your own' maps. For more information and availabilty go to the Anquet website.
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