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Dolce Via

Ancienne voie ferrée
90 Km
La Voulte-sur-Rhône
Lamastre ou Saint-Agrève
The Dolce Via offers cyclists a gentle trip into the the heart of the dramatic, unspoilt landscapes of the département (county) of Ardèche. Ride along a former railway line converted into a greenway, following an easy path through the Eyrieux Valley for some 90km, from La Voulte-sur-Rhône to Saint-Agrève, or to Lamastre via Le Cheylard. Linked to the Rhône, the Dolce Via provides a lovely getaway if on the ViaRhôna cycle route, or a perfect weekend or short break away if coming from Valence, Lyon or Avignon, for example. The way is marked by fruit orchards, former mills and remarkable works of engineering prowess, revealing the Eyrieux’s agricultural and industrial past. Enjoy the many places to picnic or bathe en route…

Dolce Via : 90 km by bike in wild Ardèche

Signposting and layout of the Dolce Via

This cycle route is signposted ‘Dolce Via’ along the entire way and consists, in the main, of greenways with very gentle slopes. The surface is generally of compacted sand. This makes an ideal trail for families.

Return by train from Lamastre

If you choose to cycle as far as Lamastre, you can then rejoin the ViaRhôna cycle route at Tournon-sur-Rhône by boarding the Train de l'Ardèche (Mastrou).

This tourist steam train is set up to take bicycles (note that you must reserve your seat and a space for your bike in advance)

Continue your cycling trip via La Voie Douce de la Payre

Heading south, you can reach Privas, capital of the county of Ardèche, via a former railway track converted into a greenway (voie verte). 

Cycle routes linked to La Dolce Via

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La Voulte-sur-Rhône / Les Ollières-sur-Eyrieux

The little town of La Voulte-sur-Rhône is the starting point for the Dolce Via. Leaving the ViaRhôna cycle route, [...]

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Les Ollières-sur-Eyrieux / Le Cheylard
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Les Ollières-sur-Eyrieux / Le Cheylard

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Le Cheylard / Saint-Agrève
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Le Cheylard / Saint-Agrève

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Le Cheylard / Lamastre
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Voie Douce de la Payre : Le Pouzin / Privas
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Voie Douce de la Payre : Le Pouzin / Privas

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