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Bicycle Ride recommended route Stage 7

ViaRhôna : Groslée / La Balme-les-Grottes

Bicycle Ride · Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
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ViaRhôna - A cycling route alongside the river Rhône Verified partner  Explorers Choice 
  • Photo: Christian Martelet - Auvergne Rhône Alpes Tourisme
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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).
easy
Distance 51.8 km
3:30 h
63 m
62 m
254 m
194 m
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

Markets :

  • Sault-Brénaz : Thursday morning
  • Morestel : Sunday morning
Difficulty
easy
Technique
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Landscape
Highest point
254 m
Lowest point
194 m
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Track types

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Safety information

Emergency number: 112 

Tips and hints

Tourist Information Centres :

Office de tourisme du Pays de Lhuis et Izieu
Phone +33 (0)4 74 39 80 92

Office de tourisme de Morestel
Phone +33 (0)4 74 80 19 59

Office de tourisme de Montalieu-Vercieu, La Vallée Bleue
Phone +33 (0)4 74 88 48 56

Start

Groslée (205 m)
Coordinates:
DD
45.712112, 5.550971
DMS
45°42'43.6"N 5°33'03.5"E
UTM
31T 698548 5065227
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Destination

Balme-les-Grottes

Turn-by-turn directions

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.

Alternative options

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). 

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

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

Coordinates

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45.712112, 5.550971
DMS
45°42'43.6"N 5°33'03.5"E
UTM
31T 698548 5065227
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

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

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Difficulty
easy
Distance
51.8 km
Duration
3:30 h
Ascent
63 m
Descent
62 m
Highest point
254 m
Lowest point
194 m
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