This walk has
become a favourite with the family.
Christine, Alasdair and I repeated the walk,
in rather better weather, in 2000. And
Christine's brother and family did it in
2003. Don't do it in bad weather! Wait for a
nice sunny day!
We went to the
telepherique, got a return ticket (76F), just
in case, and ascended into the realm of mists.
We started walking at 10 not able to see
farther than 50m. I was carrying A’s rucksack
with just the stuff for a day walk. We went
along the wooden walkway to the Puy de Sancy
and then set off northwards along the GR4 to
the Col de la Croix St. Robert. It was an
interesting walk - good map and compass work.
At times it felt exposed but we could not see
if it was or not.
We got to St. Robert
just after 12 and thought of continuing north
to Puy de la Tache but it was still misty. So
we took the path down via the Grande Cascade
which is very picturesque. And we got to town
just after 2. The main purpose of this was for
A to have a pain au chocolat - which he did -
twice. We also got some fruit and, after
sitting in a park, took the funicular and
walked home. Today it was A’s turn to feel the
call of the toilet.
We showered, rested (we were very tired) and
had supper. We had another pleasant stroll,
played table tennis and went to bed.
When we repeated the
walk in 2000, we found that we had been very
close to the edges of steep cliffs. We were in
no danger of falling off, but in retrospect it
gave us a little added frisson of danger.
There are more photographs
of this walk, taken in 2000,
The Puy de
Sancy from the Youth Hostel - not the best
day for a mountain walk
station of the telepherique from below
with the river which goes over La Grande