Roc de Chere, Talloires

The Roc de Chère National Nature Reserve is a major ecologic site in southeastern France. A protected nature reserve since 1977, it covers a small area of 69ha. It is located near the commune of Talloires, on the eastern bank of Lake Annecy at an elevation of 448m. The Roc de Chère is a small mountain, culminating at a modest 651m, which was formed by a quaternary glacier from the south.EtymologyThe word Chère comes from the pre-Indo-European root *car-, which was used to designate a stony material, a rock. This significance is not entirely understood, hence Chère became a proper noun and "Roc" (modern French for rock) was added and is not considered a pleonastic reinforcement.Geography, morphology and historyThe reserve is located between the communes of Talloires and Menthon-Saint-Bernard. There are numerous trails along the rock that offer superb panoramas overlooking Lake Annecy. The rock plunges down towards Annecy via impressive cliffs 50to tall. From atop one can see the lapiaz, calcareous rocks eroded by water that are also found in Savoie.
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  • If you start at the top, by the golf course, you can end at the Talloires Harbour which is the prettiest spot on the entire lake. The views on the steep way down are spectacular.  more »
  • We went the day after rain so parts of the trail were quite muddy and slippery. Best to have some shoes with good tread on them and take plenty water if the day is warm. Once to the Roc, the views...  more »
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