Climbers' Club Guide to South Devon
Rob Greenwood takes a look at the latest guidebook in the Climbers' Club series, the long awaited update to Nick White's 1995 South Devon and Dartmoor Guide.
"This guide offers readers all the inspiration they need for a multi-activity holiday in the Haute Maurienne, in the French Alps. With many suggestions for day walks, mountaineering routes, via ferratas, rock climbs, mountain biking, road cycling and long-distance treks, there's something here for everyone in your party."
Author: Andy Hodges
Published: 10 Jun 2011
There's something to suit everyone in this handy pocket-sized guidebook. The routes vary in difficulty and range from short walks and cycle rides that are suitable for all the family, to sustained long-distance treks and challenging mountaineering routes for those with a little more experience. By helping you explore and enjoy the beautiful landscape across such a varied list of activities and challenges, the book is your ideal resource to get the most out of visiting the region, be it for a week or more.
If you aren't familiar with the Maurienne perhaps it's because it lacks the highest peaks. The 4000m contour mark is not reached anywhere in the region, but that makes it perfect for mid-grade mountain adventures on challenging routes, and for those who want to mix and match their mountain activities.
The valley offers some of the finest modern via ferratas in France, walks and scrambles that allow you to reach real summits from the valley in a day, mountaineering journeys allowing you to climb to high summits without tackling glaciers and rock climbing venues that cater for everyone, climbing from V Diff through to the higher E grades.
Cyclists will find themselves surrounded by Alpine giants and, with waymarked trails threading through the forests and ski lifts to take the sting out of long climbs, mountain bikers are completely catered for too.
The Maurienne valley is served by great transport links and travelling to the valley by public transport is perfectly feasible; Modane, which has TGV links from Paris and Turin, serves as the gateway to the upper valley. Flying is also an option as there are a number of airports within two to three hours of the valley.
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