Le Pouzin / Cruas / Châteauneuf-du-Rhône / Viviers ViaRhôna

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40,33 Km
2 h 41 min
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Le Pouzin / Cruas
Châteauneuf du Rhône / Viviers

40,33 km cycling route from Le Pouzin / Cruas to Châteauneuf du Rhône / Viviers

ViaRhôna cycle route continues south towards Cruas. Heritage sites stand out in this area. Cruas Abbey, with its extraordinary medieval architecture, contrasts greatly with the industrial heritage around here, marked by cement-making works. An intriguing link between old and new is provided by the recent Himalayan-style footbridge at Rochemaure, built using the pillars of the Vieux Pont, an historic bridge over the Rhône.

Elevation of the stage

42 m 14 m

Waytypes of the stage

Cycle path: 31,85 km By road: 8,48 km

Surface of the stage

Lisse: 40,33 km

The route

Leaving Le Pouzin, the La Payre Voie Douce (a special track for non-motorized traffic only) heads down to Privas to join the ViaRhôna route.


From Saulce-sur-Rhône, you can join a signposted linking route along the D 204 road. Continue along quiet roads, following the signage up to Rochemaure Bridge (after Ancône). Look out carefully for the signposts and be careful at crossroads.

Railway stations (SNCF) :

Loriol and Montélimar railway station :

  • TER (local services) Line 5 : Lyon > Vienne > Valence > Loriol > Montélimar > Marseille

Montélimar railway station:

Bus (bikes are not accepted) :

  • Line 71 : Nyons > Montélimar
  • Line 74 : Vallon / Les Vans > Aubenas > Montélimar
  • Line 76 : Valence high speed train (TGV) > Montélimar > Vallon Pont d’Arc

Tourist Information Centres :

Don't miss :

Les Tourettes: for its château and chapel.

Cruas: for its magnificent restored abbey.

Rochemaure: for its medieval village set dramatically on an old volcanic dyke.

Montélimar: a bright Provençal town with the medieval Château des Adhémar (used for art exhibitions), and the Palais des Bonbons and La Nougathèque, dedicated to confectionery – the town is famed for its nougat. 

Viviers: a small medieval city, home to bishops from the 5th century on, with the mighty St Vincent Cathedral (12th, 16th and 18th century), the fine Maison des Chevaliers and other grand townhouses.

Close by: the Roman archaeological site and museum at the pretty village of Alba-la-Romaine.

Markets :

Cruas : Friday morning

Montélimar : Wednesday morning, Place du Marché – Thursday morning, Place de Saint James – Friday morning, Place du Fust et Pracomtal

Link routes and alternatives to this stage

This stage includes 1 alternative (black dotted line)
Alternative 1

15: ViaRhôna de Le Pouzin / Cruas à Chateauneuf du Rhône / Viviers

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