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Bike Riding recommended route Stage 5

ViaRhôna : Seyssel / Chanaz / Belley

Bike Riding · Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
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ViaRhôna - A cycling route alongside the river Rhône Verified partner  Explorers Choice 
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This ViaRhôna stage goes along both banks of the Rhône. This route is provisional. It leads between crests and plateaux, through landscapes marked by lakes and waterfalls. Then you come to a land of vineyards and gastronomy set below the Bugey Range, passing delightful little historic stops like Belley, Culoz and Chanaz. This physically-demanding stage is along a mix of greenways and roads.
easy
Distance 33.2 km
2:15 h
79 m
98 m
Don't miss :
  • Lavours : its marshes, declared a nature reserve in 1984, with a nature trail on raised boardwalks to allow you to appreciate this exceptional site to the full. 
  • Belley: a charming historic town with Roman roots. It’s renowned as the birthplace of Brillat-Savarin, a ground-breaking writer on gastronomy who encouraged the area’s culinary traditions.
  • Ruffieux: visit the prestigious Chautagne wine cellars here.
  • Chanaz: an enchanting village beside the Canal de Savières, offering an outdoor sports and recreation centre, cruises to Lac du Bourget, and tours of an historic walnut oil mill
  • Aix-les-Bains/Chambéry: reach the historic lake-side thermal spa town of Aix-les-Bains by boat from Chanaz; then a greenway, partly beside Lac du Bourget, leads south to Savoie’s historic capital, Chambéry. Bikes are accepted on boats from Chanaz, but you must book in advance: +33 (0)4 79 63 45 00

Markets :

  • Culoz : Wednesday morning
  • Belley : Saturday morning
Difficulty
easy
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
296 m
Lowest point
229 m
Best time of year
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Safety information

Emergency number: 112 

Tips and hints

Tourist Information Centres :

Seyssel tourist office
Ph. : +33 (0)4 50 59 36 56

Culoz and Colombier tourists offices
Ph.  +33 (0)4 79 87 00 30

Communauté de communes Belley – Bas-Bugey
Ph.  +33 (0)4 79 81 29 06

Start

Seyssel (253 m)
Coordinates:
DD
45.956834, 5.834023
DMS
45°57'24.6"N 5°50'02.5"E
UTM
31T 719612 5093157
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Destination

Belley

Turn-by-turn directions

Leave Seyssel on a greenway. Between the Fier and Loi bridges, the D 991 and D 904 roads have lots of traffic and bends on which you must take extreme care. Then between Loi’s bridge and Chanaz it’s a mix of specially laid-out roads and greenways.

For families

- Culoz <> Chanaz: go via the train stations at Culoz or Chanaz-Vions.

- Belley <> île aux Oiseaux <> Barrage de Lavours: turn around to retrace your route at Lavours Dam. Parking spots to access this stretch: at Belley or l’île aux Oiseaux

Alternative options 

From Chanaz, there’s a bike+boat link to reach Aix-les-Bains via Lac du Bourget. Prior reservation is essential. See Practical Information below.

Canal de Savières <> Lac du Bourget: taking the D18 road alongside the canal

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Culoz station : 
  • TER (local services) Line 51 : Chambéry > Culoz > Geneva
  • TER (local services) Line 35 : Chambéry > Culoz > Ambérieu > Lyon
  • TER (local services) Line 03 : Geneva > Bellegarde > Lyon

 

Vion-Chanaz station :

  • TER (local services) Line 51 : Chambéry > Culoz > Geneva

Coordinates

DD
45.956834, 5.834023
DMS
45°57'24.6"N 5°50'02.5"E
UTM
31T 719612 5093157
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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
33.2 km
Duration
2:15 h
Ascent
79 m
Descent
98 m
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