Belley / St-Genix-sur-Guiers / Groslée ViaRhôna
Elevation of the stage
Waytypes of the stage
Surface of the stage
Greenways and well-signposted roads lead beside the Rhône. Take care on the very tricky stretch from Virignin to La Balme: there’s a 3km-section that hasn’t been set up for cyclists, with heavy traffic, steep slopes, one tunnel to go through on the west bank and two on the right bank – only for highly experienced cyclists.
The greenways are beautiful between Belley and Virignin and from La Balme to Groslée; these stretches are ideal for family cycling outings.
to Genix-sur-Guiers, signposted and adapted for ViaRhôna users from the Barrage de Brégnier-Cordon, a dam (Gélignieux)
SNCF (railway station):
Be careful : no trains directly in the path of this step.
The nearest train station : Culoz
- TER line 35 Chambéry > Culoz > Ambérieu-en-Bugey > Lyon
- TER Line 03 : Saint-Gervais > Evian > Genève > Bellegarde > Lyon
Pont de Beauvoisin station : TER line 54 Chambéry- Aiguebelette – Pont de Beauvoisin – Bourgoin Jallieu – Lyon
Tourist Information Centres :
- Belley Tourist Office Ph. 04 79 81 29 06
- Yenne Tourist Office Ph. 04 79 36 71 54
- Pays de Lhuis and Izieu Tourist Office Ph. 04 74 39 80 92
- Saint-Genix-sur-Guiers Tourist Office Ph. 04 76 31 63 16
Don't miss :
Saint-Genix-sur-Guiers: beautifully located in the Guiers Valley, at the confluence of Guiers and Rhône. Discover the hide-out of a famous bandit, Mandrin, his connection with the cave system here brought out on a dramatic son-et-lumière tour.
Murs-sur-Gélignieux: for its outdoor sports and recreation centre
Izieu: for its heart-rending Musée Mémorial des Enfants Juifs, telling of Jewish children hidden here in the Second World War
Brégnier-Cordon: Musée Escale Haut Rhône, offering an interactive tour of the natural and manmade riches of the Rhône between Geneva and Lyon, with models of traditional boats that plied the river, plus the dugout unearthed in alluvial deposits at Cordon - Also, along ViaRhôna, look out for old boats caught in the sands, contemporary art installations and the remnants of a chain ferry.
La Balme-les-Grottes: impressive natural caverns you can visit, the play of water and light enhancing the tour.
Glandieu: for its waterfall
Saint-Genix-sur-Guiers : wednesday morning
Belley : saturday morning
There is no need to travel on the busy roads that go through the tunnels. This track has been updated as it is cycle path all the way, very smooth and well signposted.
This cycle path has been upgraded, there are no tunnels and no need to go onto the busy road. Very good cycle tracks, this whole route is very smooth and well signposted.