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Copyright: © 1998 - 2024 John Gardner

A Walking Guide to Chartreuse


Photograph of the Arch and Needle, Dent de Crolles

The Arch and Needle on Dent de Crolles

One of the problems with the web is that the quality of information is variable, and it is necessary to give sites a "credibility check" before placing too much confidence in their contents. This section is intended to provide the reader with some of the background to the development of the site, so that he may make his own judgements.

The author first visited Chartreuse in 1968 as a member of a university caving expedition to the Cirque de St. Même area. His second visit was in 1980 when he went caving within the Dent de Crolles massif. Since then, he has visited the area every couple of years for two to three week long holidays, mainly walking but also including the occasional caving trip. He has spent in total well 18 months in the area. Visits have been confined to the period between late May and September.

This site was first developed in 1998, and has since been continually reviewed and enhanced as a result of further visits to the area, feedback from readers, and the availability of enhanced technology (of which there have been quite a few since 1998!). The last significant update was in July 2023.


The author is confident in the accuracy of most of the information contained herein. The walks on the hills don't change much, but the Regional Park Authority is investing in new car parks, and sign-posting, so that level of detail can change from year to year. Forestry is also on a more industrial scale than it used to be, and some of the traditional paths on the lower slopes of the hills have been ruthlessly destroyed by forestry tracks. Readers are often kind enough to let him know of any inaccuracies or ambiguities they find.

The availability and prices of maps and literature is checked as often as is practical from web-based sources, and all hyperlinks are checked regularly using an in-house developed PHP transaction.

Site references

The following sites local to Chartreuse provide a link to this site, without comment:

The following are some of the sites that currently link or have linked to this site, with a comment. Those without a hyperlink are no longer active:

Comments from readers may be found in the Guest Book.

Technical notes

This site uses HTML5 and makes extensive use of responsive Cascading Style Sheet technology, and hence assumes a reasonably modern browser. The CSS and HTML code is validated using the W3C markup validation service. Links are regularly checked using the author's own link checking tool.

The Guest Book was developed by the author, and is written in PHP and MySQL, and has had to feature strong antispam measures. The Photograph Album software was also developed by the author using PHP and XML.

The index of walks can be sorted by column if JavaScript is enabled in the browser. I am grateful to Stuart Langridge for making his JavaScript code available.

The responsive menu seen on smaller screens has been implemented using the amazingly powerful Slicknav plugin developed by Josh Cope.

The site has been designed to be responsive, but the maps and photographs are best viewed on larger screens. Some use is made of JavaScript, but the site does not rely on it. Session cookies are only used to help ensure that a guest book entry is not being submitted by spamming software. The pages are designed to be printer friendly, and only the main content part of the page will be printed - without the title bar. the menu bar, and any embedded photographs. A little bit of colour has been left in for clarity, but this can be suppressed at print time. A PDF file  (16 Mb) containing the print version of the website but without maps or photographs, is available for download.


I would like to thank Dave Checkley, Peter Monk, Stuart Hesletine, and Graham Coates for the use of their underground photographs taken in the Grotte Chevalier, the Grotte Annette, the Guiers Vif, the Trou du Glaz, and the Guiers Mort, and also for their company in those caves. I would also like to thank John Sellers and Peter Schuller for the use of their photographs, and a number of correspondents who have been kind enough to comment constructively on the route descriptions. Finally, I would like to thank my wife, Mary Carlisle, to whom this web site is dedicated, who has been the perfect companion on our walks, and who loves the area as much as I do.

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