Sunset at Semnoz

Sunset at Le Semnoz

The setting sun from the Semnoz Plateau in Haute Savoie. Available to buy at my Photobox Gallery.

A little delayed, here’s the other Tour de France-related image I was talking about at the weekend. Apologies, I had promised to follow Towards les Bauges with today’s post on Sunday, but that was contingent on having energy left after my journey back from visiting a friend in the Peak District. Since then my time has been rather taken up with making preparations for a trip to Norway this week (hoping for some nice pictures to add to my gallery at some point in the future).  Anyway, the connection is that Stage 20 of the 100th edition of the Tour de France finished up here, and was instrumental in cementing Nairo Quintana’s second place in the General Classification. Apologies, it’s a bit of a shameless plug, to get a few stray visitors, but there really aren’t many topical connections to most of my pictures, and hopefully some will stay and have a look around at my other posts or my gallery!

So in terms of this photo, the location is the same as Saturday’s post, but we’re looking west in the general direction of Aix-les-Bains instead of southeast. The plateau is a ski resort in winter, which is (I think) mostly used by locals and families, and is still something of a beauty spot in summer, the ski-lifts providing a quick way to the top. It’s great for outdoor pursuits -when we were up there, several people were paragliding, the place was heaving with mountain-bikers and the cafes were doing a roaring trade.There’s also a summer luge (there’s something similar in Chamonix), which is a massive adrenaline rush -although you have a  job to stay in control! (It’s essentially a wheeled sled that runs down a concrete half-tube, not unlike a bobsled run without the ice and much smaller -the skill/difficulty is in using the brakes, applied by a handle between your legs, and which appear to be largely ineffectual!) But I digress…I think the big appeal of Le Semnoz is the view, a superb 360° panorama, with Mont Blanc and Gran Paradiso to the east, the Écrins to the south, plus you can see into at least three countries from here…and clearly, it’s a superb place for stunning mountain-top sunsets!


Click to order prints (opens a new window)

This one isn’t panoramic or anything, so if you want to buy, choose a standard 3:2 format.

All images © Stephen Tyrrell, Mountains, Wild Paces & Water, 2013. All rights reserved.

Have a question/request? Please leave a comment:

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

The Daily Post

The Art and Craft of Blogging

The Hazel Tree


Explorers of the RSGS

The history, heritage and people of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society


All cultures, all inclusive. TM


Everything steep - from Snowdonia to the Alps


Glaciology, Climate, Travel, Mountaineering, Photography

Tales from the Hills

Author and photographer Pete Buckley online

Geog Blog

Our own ideas and opinions...

FSC Geography Buzz Group

Sharing ideas and innovation about geography and fieldwork

The Ray Mears & Woodlore Bushcraft Blog

The latest news, guides and special offers from Ray Mears and Woodlore


Wandering in the Cairngorms and other lesser ranges, by Neil Reid


Writing improvement for young and early career scientists

Nick Livesey Mountain Images

Capturing the heart and soul of the mountains

Sarah's Adventures

exploring, discovering, writing and learning... wherever the journey takes me!

Photography Blog by GT

Landscapes and other images

M. S. Lewis - Author

Single Dad, Author, Leadership Trainer & Mountaineering Instructor

From a Glaciers Perspective

Glacier Change in a world of Climate Change

%d bloggers like this: