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.

    You'll be guided along the way by 11 interpretative panels which reveal the forts' construction secrets: 1 - stone quarry, 2 - Sardinian cemetery, 3 - nature's worksite, 4 - Esseillon hamlet, 5 - limekilns, 6 - slate quarry, 7 - old Devil's Bridge, 8 - Victor-Emmanuel Fort, 9 - Charles-Félix Fort, 10 - Esseillon Pass, 11 - Marie-Christine Fort.
  • 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)
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    • Animals accepted
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Mostly cloudy, with rain and snow in the afternoon and early in the night. Southwest then west southwesterly winds, moderate at most places.
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Mostly cloudy, with rain and snow in the afternoon and early in the night. Southwest then west southwesterly winds, moderate at most places.
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7.5°
245cm
65cm
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-3°
280cm
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