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The Smugglers' Way audio trail.

Cultural, Pedestrian sports, Course in Châtel
3.6 km
  • Follow in the footsteps of the smugglers and customs officials who once played cat and mouse in this mountainous border area between France and Switzerland.

  • The audio trail, on the footsteps of smugglers, is a family walk without any danger or difficulty.
    Lasting less than 2 hours and with a departure at the Lake Vonnes, you will set off to discover the paths formerly used by smugglers.
    From the salt trade in the 18th century, to tobacco and butter, many goods crossed the border in this part of Chablais. Game of cat and mouse between smugglers and «gabelou», name given to the Customs officers of that time, this walk will immerse you in the...
    The audio trail, on the footsteps of smugglers, is a family walk without any danger or difficulty.
    Lasting less than 2 hours and with a departure at the Lake Vonnes, you will set off to discover the paths formerly used by smugglers.
    From the salt trade in the 18th century, to tobacco and butter, many goods crossed the border in this part of Chablais. Game of cat and mouse between smugglers and «gabelou», name given to the Customs officers of that time, this walk will immerse you in the history of the territory of Chablais.

    When you return from your walk, take the time to discover the "Centre d'Interprétation de la Contrebande en Montagne" (Old customs House) to learn more about the history of contraband.

    Batteries can be rented either at the tourist office or at the Old Customs House.
    Topo guides are for sale at the tourist office.
  • Departure
    Châtel
  • Car Park at the departure. Access by bus line 4, stop Vonnes.
  • Plain text period
    From 01/06 to 30/09.
  • Environment
    • Lakeside or by stretch of water
    • Riverside
    • Forest location
    • Near shuttle stop
    • Mountain view
    • Mountain location
    • Close to a public transportation
    • Ski resort
    • Village 2 km away
    • Waterside
  • Spoken languages
    • French
  • Documentation
    GPX / KML files allow you to export the trail of your hike to your GPS (or other navigation tool)
Services
  • Accessibility
    • Not accessible in a wheelchair
  • Services
    • Pets welcome
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