This ViaRhôna stage takes you through unspoilt countryside beside the Rhône. Hidden in the magnificent landscapes of the southern Bugey, with their mountains and forests, lie splendid lakes and marshes. You pass lovely villages like Saint-Sorlin-en-Bugey and Sault-Brénaz, and the more secretive La Balme-les-Grottes, with its great caves and picturesque centre. A lovely greenway links "La Vallée Bleue" to Lagnieu. At Lagnieu Bridge, follow the D 1075 and D 65 to join La-Balme-les-Grottes, Be careful on the road (no signposting).
Don't miss :
Saint-Sorlin-en-Bugey: a medieval village with castle
Morestel: a well-flowered historic town that has traditionally attracted painters. It’s a lively place, with numerous historic buildings, shops and exhibitions.
Grottes de la Balme: these conceal stalagmites and stalgatites as well as natural bassins of water. A Balcons du Rhône heritage site.
La Vallée Bleue: a big outdoor sports and recreation centre at Montalieu Vercieu
Briord: with a Roman aqueduct
Serrières-de-Briord: for Le Point-Vert outdoor sports and recreation centre
New cycle route wich allows to cross "Le Pays des Couleurs" via Morestel, with an alternation of greenways and shared roads.The greenway between La Vallée Bleue and Lagnieu is signposted. At Lagnieu’s bridge, follow the D 1075 road, then the D 65, to reach La Balme-les-Grottes; note that this stretch isn’t signposted yet.
Groslée <> Sault-Brénaz: follow the D 19 road, physically demanding, with lots of traffic.
Lagnieu <> La Balme-les-Grottes: along grassy tracks that you join by turning right after crossing Lagnieu’s bridge (hybrid bike required).
all notes on protected areas
Be carreful, no trains direcly along the route.
Nearest railway stations : Ambérieu-en-Bugey
13 km from Saint-Sorlin en Bugey
11 km from Lagnieu
15 km from la Balme-les-Grottes
TER (local services) line 35 : Chambéry > Culoz > Ambérieu-en-Bugey > Lyon
TER (local services) line 4 : Annecy > Aix-les-Bains > Saint-André-le-Gaz > Lyon Part Dieu > Ambérieu-en-Bugey
TER (local services) line 3 : Saint-Gervais – Evian – Genève > Bellegarde > Culoz > Ambérieu-en-Bugey > Lyon Part Dieu
TER (local services) line 30 : Mâcon > Bourg-en-Bresse > Ambérieu-en-Bugey
From Morestel : Saint-André-le-Gaz railway station : 19 km from Morestel
TER (local services) line 54 : Chambéry > Lyon
TER (local services) line 62 : Grenoble > Saint-André-le-Gaz
TER (local services) line 4 : Annecy > Aix-les-Bains > Lyon
TER (local services) line 1 : Grenoble > Bourgoin-Jallieu > Lyon
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike
Before you leave:
Make sure that the bike is in perfect mechanical condition, not to mention the tires and brakes
Make sure that the bike is correctly adjusted to your body shape
Wearing a helmet is strongly recommended
Take a repair kit with you
Remember that the Highway Traffic Act applies to cyclists in all circumstances
Never drive more than two lanes at a time and pull into a single lane when traffic conditions require.
Respect other users as you would like them to respect you
Choose a route adapted to your physical abilities
Inform your family and friends of your itinerary
Find out about the weather conditions
A first aid kit is not essential, but can be very useful
Be informed and keep the emergency numbers.
Respect the environment by not throwing your food packaging on the side of the road
If you have to return at nightfall, make sure you see and also be seen