Raccard du Blé

A circular walk in the lower part of the Swiss Val Ferret. One of the walks publicized by the tourist office and well signposted. There are information boards (in French) about the construction of traditional barns made from local stone and timber. Easy walking, navigation and some interesting information. The first section is on a quiet road.

Technical sheet
No. 2454113
A Orsières walk posted on 20/08/19 by Alwayswiththehills. Update : 29/08/19
Calculated time Calculated time: 3h25[?]
Distance Distance : 8.09km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 375m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 378m
Highest point Highest point : 1420m
Lowest point Lowest point : 1044m
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Areas Areas : Alps, Mont-Blanc (Massif)
Location Location : Orsières
Starting point Starting point : N 45.9901° / E 7.1253°
Map IGN Map (Click to buy) : Ref. 3630OT, 3630OTR
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Les Arlaches with the Ferret valley behind La Catogne Traditional barn Issert


Park in Praz-de-Fort, on the left and in front of the church as you approach from Orsieres/Champex. (The tourist information recommends parking near the bridge over Reuse de Salienaz but the parking there is more limited than at Praz-de-Fort, although if you choose to do this walk when there is a church service you might have to park near the bridge).

(D/A) Walk past the church and into the village. Look out for a road on the right.

(1) Turn right and follow the narrow road past some wooden houses. Then, turn left and follow the road, always keeping left until you come to a crossroad. Carry straight on to another road on the left and the bridge over the Reause de Salienaz in front of you. Information board.

(2) Turn right and follow the road up through the trees and past another information board to the junction with the road leading up to the Prise d'eau de Saleina. Ignore the junction and follow the road around to the right, keep going gently uphill to the building at La Deuve.

(3) Leave the road and take the path leading into the forest and downhill, lovely wild raspberries in August.

(4) Cross a stream in a gully bed, continue into more open pastures and start descending gently to a bench and a good view over Issert. (See if you can spot the concrete machine gun post that was part of the defence against invasion in WW II) Continue to a junction the Tour de Mont Blanc path. (More information boards in the sections (2) to (4))

(5) Turn right and head downhill along a track passing two or three carved wooden sculptures to a path on the right leading down through the trees.

(6) Take the path downhill and then more easily to a junction with another track, follow this to the road.

(7) Turn right and walk along beside the road to Issert, look out for a marker showing the path on the left halfway through the village.

(8) Turn left and walk down to cross a bridge over the river and then onto another track leading rightwards, Follow the track through the lovely village of Las Arlaches and then continue along the track the Praz-de-Fort.

(9) Turn right onto the road and follow it back to your car (D/A).

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. 1146m - Praz-de-Fort car park
1 : km 0.1 - alt. 1150m
2 : km 0.77 - alt. 1193m
3 : km 3.23 - alt. 1420m - La Deuve
4 : km 4.24 - alt. 1257m
5 : km 4.89 - alt. 1192m
6 : km 5.23 - alt. 1149m
7 : km 5.9 - alt. 1044m - Route de Ferret
8 : km 6.17 - alt. 1053m - Issert
9 : km 7.92 - alt. 1151m
D/A : km 8.09 - alt. 1147m - Praz-de-Fort car park

Useful Information

Nowhere to buy refreshments until you come to Issert.

The walk offers shade in the trees and there are also more open sections with good views.

The walking is easy to follow and the paths are good. This would be possible in approach shoes or training shoes with a good grip for the sections on paths in the wood.

We advise taking IGN maps with you on this walk. Click here to buy : 3630OT, 3630OTR.

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

During the walk or to do/see around

Some lovely views of the valley, interesting information about the buildings, and the odd sculpture.

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