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Chindrieux - Motz

Distance 14.0km
Time 6h30
+ 743m
- 613m


The "Sur les pas des Huguenots" trail between Serrières en Chautagne (Savoie) and Chaumont (Haute-Savoie) is practically identical to the "Chemin de Saint-Jacques de Compostelle" trail. Although they head in opposite directions, both trails follow the same path. The trail passes through Motz, Seyssel, Designy and Frangy.
After Chaumont, the historical trail followed by exiled Huguenots leaves the Saint-Jacques de Compostelle trail, and instead heads towards the Vuache plateau, Savigny, Valleiry and Chancy on its way to Geneva.
To the south of Serrières, the Huguenot trail comes from Aix-les-Bains along the eastern side of the Bourget Lake, while the Saint-Jacques de Compostelle trail follows the western bank of the lake. The Compostelle trail passes through the charming medieval village of Chanaz next to the Savière Canal, which connects the Bourget Lake and the Rhône River. It then heads towards southern Lyon. Thus the two trails differ in their crossing of the Chautagne region and its vineyards.
The differences in these trails are due to the contents of each project. However, overall the two trails follow the historical route for transport between Geneva and Vienne, be it by river or by land.
During Roman times, two routes existed between Vienne and Italy.  Vienne, capitol of Allobroges, was the starting point for these two trails as Lyon was only recently "born" and not convenient for the provincials.
  • The first path went through Chambéry, Albertville (Ab Publicanos or customs town) and then by the Petit St Bernard pass and Aoste (Augusta Paetonia). This was the main route.
  • The second path went further north along the Rhône valley from Yenne (Etanna) to Seyssel, Frangy and then Geneva (Genava), the north of Léman lake, Nyon (colonna equistris) and Vevey (vivisco). Then came Martigny (Octodurum), the Grand St Bernard pass and Aoste in Italy where the two paths merged. This second route is also the ancient Salt Route that connected Vienne and Geneva.
During Roman times, the Rhône River was also developed as a trade route. The river is navigable until Seyssel and was a real option for transport towards Geneva. Wine, crockery, salt, weapons and tissues traveled down the Rhodanien region.
The river allowed for the development of cities such as Arles, Avignon or Vienne that benefited from being situated at the intersection of the Rhône, and various land and shipping routes. River crossings, in the form of Roman bridges until modern-day bridges, were also key factors in the development of these regions.


Starting with the Roman Empire, salt production along the Mediterranean was organized and controlled by the state. The salt routes became a widespread network for communication. These various routes encouraged relations between the Empire and conquered countries.
During the Middle Ages, countless salt routes allowed Mediterranean salt to reach the most isolated lands. As salt was a good of great importance for barter, these routes played a strategic role throughout history.

In isolated regions, salt was all the more important for the salting and conservation of meats and cheeses as well as hide tanning. Numerous tanners, who benefited from a constant exchange of information along these routes, opened shop and used tons of salt to dry their hides. From the 12th century to the 17th century, the glove became an important accessory for powerful figures. 

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Tourist information



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Eglise de Serrières en Chautagne    Serrières-en-Chautagne

église Serrières

This 12th-century church, dedicated to Saint Maurice, is the oldest church in Chautagne. Its unusual architecture is due to its dual Roman and Gothic influences.

Téléphone : 04 79 63 70 13

Oratoire de la Loi    Ruffieux

Ruffieux - oratoire la loi

This oratory was built by the Ritaud family in 1876. It is dedicated to Notre Dame des Victoires, in order to protect the village from flooding by the River Rhône.

Téléphone : 04 79 54 54 72

Vine wall on the Route de Venaise    Serrières-en-Chautagne


This traditional wall supports the vineyards situated upstream, which were still being cultivated in 2007, using traditional cane techniques.

Téléphone : 04 79 54 54 72

Cheese cellar or dovecote?    Serrières-en-Chautagne


Entirely made of tuff stone, this unusual communal building is situated close to Château Denys. Through two broken arches, you can access two small rooms with little niches in the walls.

Téléphone : 04 79 54 54 72

Sundial    Motz

Motz - Montre solaire 2

This restored sundial has remained in the same place, in the presbytery garden, since its construction in May 1872. The garden was created by the nobleman De Mareste, the canon and vicar of Motz in the 17th century.

Eglise de Notre Dame de l'Assomption    Motz

église Motz

Built in 1597, this church contains a Baroque interior and the tombs of various noble families. Along three outer walls is a painted 'litre funeraire' ('funeral band') - the only one in the Savoie. The restored band demonstrates the sanctuary's illustrious history.

Téléphone : 04 79 63 71 70

Confluent du Fier    Motz


The source of the Fier is in the Massif des Aravis in the Haute-Savoie, joining the Rhône at the Espace Nature Sport et Loisirs du Fier in Motz.

Pond and wall at Pont Boccard    Ruffieux

Ruffieux - pont broccat

The pond in the village, previously covered up, is supplied by the spring water collected upstream. This is the place where washerwomen would comment on local gossip.

Téléphone : 04 79 54 54 72

Retaining wall and access ramp to the school courtyard    Motz


This restoration project showcases the school, home and community, as well as its playground, built in 1863. The double access ramp was originally bordered with irises, which will soon come into bloom.

Téléphone : 04 79 54 54 72

Croix du Cri    Ruffieux

Ruffieux - croix du cri

Posté par Philippe le 18/09/2020 :

J'ai passé une très bonne nuit à l'Auberge de Motz. Personnel sympathique, dîner délicieux et petit déjeuner agréable. Voir "Autres Hébergements" pour détails. 

Posté par Johannes Melsen le 28/03/2014 :

Le sentier "Sur les pas des Huguenots" est actuellement en cours d'homologation GR. 

Cette homologation induit quelques modifications au niveau du tracé. Aussi la nouvelle topofiche ne sera mise en ligne qu'après réalisation du balisage sur ce parcours. Le descriptif actuel reste donc valable.

En vous remerciant pour votre compréhension.

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Tourist Offices

Aix les Bains Riviera des Alpes Tourism Office/Ruffieux Reception Office    Tourism institutionsRuffieux


Provides information on the destination.

Téléphone : 04 79 88 68 00

Accommodation Partners Accommodation Partners

Other Accommodations

  Holiday villagesMotz


Camping de Saumont    CampsiteRuffieux


Located on the forest’s edge, 3.1 miles from the Lac du Bourget, the Camping Saumont offers a swimming pool, paddling pool and many activities: cross-country biking, tennis, badminton, canoeing, evening activities, and a nursery. Member of Camping Qualité.

Téléphone : 04 79 54 26 26


auberge  hôtel

9 bedrooms, including four duplexes with kitchenettes.

Téléphone : 04 79 88 42 86

Aire d'accueil et de service camping-cars    Camper van service/reception areaSerrières-en-Chautagne

aire camping car Serrières

Pitches located near the lake, in the centre of the village. Parking permitted for 72 hrs. Wastewater drainage and drinking water refills.

Téléphone : 04 79 63 70 13


Auberge de Motz    Country innMotz

auberge de Motz resto

A warm welcome is guaranteed at this inn located in a charming converted farmhouse. The restaurant serves traditional cooking based on local products, with menus drawn up according to the season, the market and the inspiration of the chef.

Téléphone : 04 79 88 42 86

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