Time: 2.5h. Up: 50m. Down: 940m.
Distance: 5.5km. Difficulty: medium.

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Stage 40: Sonchaux (1258m) to Montreux (372m)

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Just a short walk today, down to the gorgeous and sophisticated resort town of Montreux on beautiful Lac Léman. If your budget allows, check into one of the superb hotels along the lake, strip off your hiking clothes, and head to the spa/pool/sunbathing area and/or perhaps treat yourself to a massage.

Once you feel like moving again there are people to watch, sights to see, cafes and restaurants to enjoy, chic boutiques to glide through, and art and concerts and movies and museums and everything you haven't had while on the H2H.

Why not make this a time to relax and recover? Stay for at least a couple of nights and don't think of what lies ahead... you'll be back on the trails soon enough.

Take the road north from Sonchaux in the direction of Caux and then, after about a kilometer, follow the path that plunges down to your left signposted to Glion (689m). From Glion a steep set of stairs leads down to Montreux.

Alternatives: I hesitate to mention an alternative for such a short hike, but if you can't face the last 350m descent from Glion, then there is a cog-railway that will take you down to the lake. It won't save you much time, but it will save your knees!
Map: ST-262T Rochers de Naye.

The House to House blog... stage 40.

<A couple of representative photos from this stage will be added here after the hike>
In the meantime, click here to go to all of the H2H photos on Flickr.

GPS Track
<To be added during or after hike>

Room and Board Options
Lunch: if you think you are going to be suffering from picnic withdrawal, then it is possible to time things correctly so as to have one more picnic today. Otherwise just eat before you leave Sonchaux... or after you get to Montreux.
Dinner and overnight: there are plenty of excellent restaurants and places to stay Montreux (for the complete list, see here).

Getting There and Back
Sonchaux: from Montreux you can either walk or take a taxi up to Sonchaux. If you walk, follow the reverse of the route for this stage as described above.
Montreux: there is a railway station here (for train schedule information, see the SBB).
ViaMichelin Road Map and Driving Directions: centered on Sonchaux, centered on Montreux.

Background Information and Links
Many and various...

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