Is the Loop Around Lake Annecy the Most Beautiful Ride in All of France?

I have found one of the most perfect and beautiful rides: the loop around Lac d’Annecy (Lake Annecy). It has everything:

*A beautiful lake that is …

*Surrounded by mountains on all sides and is dotted with …

*Little villages, and, there’s a …

*Bike path for 35 of this 38-kilomter ride, and …

*You can climb the Col de la Forclaz right from the bike path if you want to add a little climbing and great views down.

I did this loop for the second time yesterday. It was a gray, overcast, foggy kind of day. It looked like it could and would start raining at any minute – but it didn’t, and the clouds and fog added to the beauty. It was kind of mystical. I rode counterclockwise around this lake this time, the opposite of my first ride. I think I might like this way better. And, I did some exploring, leaving the “official” path a few times to see some sights off the beat-bike path. Which can get quite busy, especially in and near Annecy.

Rather than describe the ride, here are some photos and videos that do it justice, in order …

This is at the start of the path, in Annecy – dogs love it!

Here’s a panoramic look around the lake from the north … …

It’s harder than you’d think to shgoot a video while you’re riding, and not go off the path and into the lake!

Here’s the view down from about halfway up the Forclaz …

OK, now we’re at the bottom of the lake and heading west to get to the eastern side and the way back to Annecy …

Now we’re headed north along the west side of the lake …

Almost back in Annecy, and riding right by the edge of the lake …

2 thoughts on “Is the Loop Around Lake Annecy the Most Beautiful Ride in All of France?

  1. It’s very pretty, but on a weekend, the Annecy part is FULL of electrically assisted people who have no idea how to ride zooming along at 40kph with zero effort. It can be VERY annoying!

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