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ViaRhôna 07 : From Groslée to La Balme-Les-Grottes

ViaRhôna 07 : From Groslée to La Balme-Les-Grottes

This section explores the landscape along the Rhône riverbank. After Groslée Bridge, head for Morestel, then cross a succession of lakes and ponds to reach Montalieu-Vercieu, the Blue Valley and the towpaths.
After Groslée Bridge, you'll cross Brangues (the home village of Paul Claudel (1868-1955) and the Claudel Stendhal Centre) and St Victor de Morestel before taking the D60A towards Morestel (Medieval Tower and the house of the painter, François Auguste Ravier (1814-1895)).
You'll then follow the D1075 road (formerly the N75) towards Arandon, passing a succession of lakes and ponds: the Grand Marais marshes and the lakes of La Serre, Lancin and La Preille. At Bouvesse-Quirieu you'll approach the River Chogne, the hamlets of Le Bayard and Les Granges and, more importantly, the remains of the medieval site of Quirieu perched on its spur facing the Bugey cliffs.
You'll folow the D52 road and pass close to the Vicat factory and stone quarry. (The local people are proud of their industrial heritage and the history of the Pierre de Villebois quarry basin.) You'll stop for the night at Montalieu-Vercieu where you'll find provisions as well as recreational facilities.
You'll return to the banks of the Rhône via the Blue Valley outdoor activities centre, following the towpaths, originally used for canal transport, on both sides of the river, crossing between the departments of Ain and Isère.

Technical information

100 Place des Halles
38510 Morestel
Lat : 45.676876Lng : 5.469809
27 d

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Open period

All year round.

Subject to favorable weather.

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Office du Tourisme Les Balcons du Dauphiné - 29/08/2023
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