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|A Walking Guide to the Massif de la Chartreuse|
"The Grande Chartreuse has exceeded my expectations; it is more wonderfully wild than I can describe, or even you can imagine. It has possessed me to such a degree, that I can at present neither think, speak, nor write upon any other subject."
William Beckford. 1778
Although it was a "must-visit" destination for the 18th century Grand Tourists which has had its virtues acclaimed by such luminaries as Gray, Beckford, Wordsworth, Ruskin and Turner, the Massif de la Chartreuse (location map) is now somewhat neglected by the British, despite being one of the finest walking areas in France. It does tend to be better known to cavers as it is also one of the finest caving areas in France with several hundred kilometres of caves explored in its 700 sq. kilometres, with three systems exceeding 50 km in length.
It has lost little of its charm in the last 250 years, and in 1995 it was made a Regional Nature Park in recognition of its scenic beauty and its cultural heritage, a status which was renewed in 2008.
The purpose of these web pages is to provide a source of information about the area in general, and the walking in particular. Currently, some 29 walks are described, and more will be added as and when time permits.
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