TRAVEL

From zi­plines in Switzer­land to walk­ing hol­i­days in Italy and France, plus moun­tain bike breaks and an out­door fes­ti­val, the Alps are worth a ‘peak’ in sum­mer

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The Alps are not just for win­ter thrills and snow­ball fights: Sum­mer in the moun­tains has its own at­trac­tions.

Hik­ing in the Belle­donne, France

Anew route has been added to the Grande Ran­don­nee (long-dis­tance foot­path) this year: route along the fairly un­spoilt Belle­donne range on the edge of the main Alpine ridge. La Haute Tra­versee de Belle­donne (the High Cross­ing) fol­lows the routes shep­herds take in search of greener grass, and will pro­vide walk­ers with views across the French coun­try­side (moun­tain pas­tures, lakes and forests, with wildlife in­clud­ing alpine mar­mottes, chamois and ibex). The 11-stage route has plenty of ac­com­mo­da­tion op­tions, such as moun­tain refuges, gites and yurts. It’s never been eas­ier (or cheaper) to visit the re­gion. The main en­try air­port is Greno­ble, or you can con­nect via Paris on the TGV.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion visit haute­tra­verseede­belle­donne.com

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