Around the Esseillon Forts, the “sentier des Bâtisseurs” (Builder’s Way)

at Aussois

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  • Follow the route patrolled by the soldiers garrisoned at the Esseillon forts, an intimidating barrier built by the kingdom of Piedmont Sardinia at the beginning of the 19th century to dissuade the French from invading.

    Informative signs explain all the construction secrets behind this marvellous building, the only one of its kind in France. From Fort Victor-Emmanuel, head up past Fort Marie-Christine to Fort Charles Albert. After crossing the stone quarry, visit the Sardinian cemetery. The path then goes above the hamlet on its way to the limekilns, the slate quarries and the Devil’s Bridge (Pont du Diable). After exploring the Marie-Thérèse Redoubt, go back up through Fort Victor-Emmanuel. Type of itinerary : circuit. Maps: IGN Top 25 n° 3534 OT Les Trois Vallées / Leaflet with route marked: free from TO.
  • This walk can be started at a number of different points: Marie-Thérèse Redoubt car park (Avrieux): From Modane, follow the N6 into the Haute Maurienne. After a few kilometres, park on the left at the car park for the Marie-Thérèse Redoubt and the Esseillon Forts. Fort Victor-Emmanuel car park (Aussois): After Modane, turn left for Aussois (7 km). At the entrance to the village, follow the “Fort Marie-Christine et Forts de l’Esseillon” signs and go down to Fort Victor-Emmanuel.
  • Plain text period
    From 01/01 to 31/12.

    Subject to favorable weather.
  • Environment
    • In the mountains
  • Spoken languages
    • fr*
  • Documentation
    GPX / KML files allow you to export the trail of your hike to your GPS (or other navigation tool)
  • Services
    • Animals accepted
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