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ViaRhôna, roaming along the Rhône river

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15: ViaRhôna from Le Pouzin / Cruas to Châteauneuf-du-Rhône / Viviers

[ Cycle routes ViaRhôna, Lake Geneva <> Mediterranean sea ] [ ViaRhôna from Valence to Avignon , ViaRhôna autour du Val de Drome , ViaRhôna autour de Montélimar , ViaRhôna autour du Sud Ardèche ]
  • 42 km

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.

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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.

 

Alternatives
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 :

 

Montélimar Tourist Office :

Ph : 04 75 01 00 20

 

Sud Ardèche Rhône and villages Tourist Office (Le Teil)

Ph : 04 75 49 10 46

 

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

 

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Your reviews

3/5
  • Very best part - Morten Lund

    Of my 13 days on bike from Geneva to Nice, this is the hours I will remember most. Safe roads, little trafikk and Ruth from Holland. We forlot the rainy day.

  • Very best part - Morten Lund

    Of my 13 days on bike from Geneva to Nice, this is the hours I will remember most. Safe roads, little trafikk and Ruth from Holland. We forlot the rainy day.

  • Pretty good - AFRF

    Nice ans easy greenways and some country road with almost no traffic. There is more traffice only on the D86 from Biax to Cruas (approx. 5 km). But since the emergency lane is wide you'll find enough space for cycling. So again it's suitable for almost everyone

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