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ViaRhôna : Sablons / Sarras / Tournon-sur-Rhône / Glun

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This ViaRhôna stage runs between steep vineyards and dense orchards. Heading south from Lyon, this is the first ViaRhôna stage to enter the rugged Ardèche, a beautiful département (or French county) on the mighty Rhône’s west flank. Here, the tamed river supports orchards, market gardens and vines producing top-class Saint-Joseph wines.
Arriving at the town of Tournon-sur-Rhône, follow the provisional signage to continue along the route.
Open
easy
Distance 36.4 km
2:25 h
17 m
24 m
143 m
119 m
Don't miss :

Sablons: île de la Platière island

Serrières: the musée des mariniers du Rhône, set in the 14th-century listed Chapelle Saint-Sornin. Themuseum retraces the history of Rhône navigation, in part using the towpath, from the late-15th century to the early 19th century.

Tournon: an historic town on the Rhône’s west bank. The château on high holds a museum. Also enjoy the historic centre, botanical garden and plane-lined quays. As to the suspension bridge, from 1826, it’s the oldest still in use in France, designed by the engineer Seguin. A lovely old tourist train, Le Mastrou, leaves from here for trips up to Saint-Jean-de-Muzols in the Ardèche hills.

Tain-l’Hermitage: La Cité du Chocolat : located on the historic site of the Valrhona, the renowned chocolate factory, the Cité offers a behind-the-scenes look at fine chocolate. You will find out about all the secrets of how chocolate is made.

Markets :

  • Sablons : Tuesday morning
  • Serrières : Friday morning
  • Saint-Rambert-d’Albon : Friday
  • Saint-Vallier :  Thursday
  • Tain-l’Hermitage : Saturday morning
  • Tournon-sur-Rhône : Wednesday morning in Place Jean Jaurès – saturday moring in Quai Farconnet 
Difficulty
easy
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Highest point
143 m
Lowest point
119 m
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Safety information

Emergency number: 112 

Tips and hints

Tourist Information Centres:

Plein Cœur Tourisme – Aux Portes de Drôme Ardèche
Ph: 04 75 23 45 33

Hermitage Tournonais Tourisme
Ph: 04 75 08 10 23

Accueil Tain l'Hermitage
Ph: 04 75 08 06 81

Start

Sablons (135 m)
Coordinates:
DD
45.319397, 4.768344
DMS
45°19'09.8"N 4°46'06.0"E
UTM
31T 638595 5019953
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Destination

Glun

Turn-by-turn directions

The itinerary is almost entirely along greenways, going from Sablons, via Saint-Vallier and Sarras, to Saint-Jean-de-Muzols. However, crossing Vion, you need to take a 2.5km stretch along a shared road, but one with only light traffic. At Tournon-sur-Rhône, head south on the right bank to reach Glun.

Alternative route

From St-Vallier to Tain-l’Hermitage (on the eastern, Drôme-side bank of the Rhône), a linking route goes up and down small, steep roads that are signposted ‘Vers ViaRhôna’; this stretch is only for experienced cyclists. At Tain, join the greenway beside the Rhône.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Tain-l’Hermitage railway station: 

Line 5 : Lyon > Vienne > Le Péage-de-Roussillon > Saint-Rambert d’Albon > Saint-Vallier-sur-Rhône > Tain l’Hermitage > Valence > Montélimar > Marseille

Sablons railway station :

Local bus services (TER) : line 75  (bikes are not accepted ) : Lyon > Vienne > Le Péage-de-Roussillon > Sablons > Serrières > Félines > Peaugres > Davézieux > Annonay

Coordinates

DD
45.319397, 4.768344
DMS
45°19'09.8"N 4°46'06.0"E
UTM
31T 638595 5019953
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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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easy
Distance
36.4 km
Duration
2:25 h
Ascent
17 m
Descent
24 m
Highest point
143 m
Lowest point
119 m
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