Dolce Via from Le Cheylard to Lamastre
This stage, signposted ‘Dolce Via’, is entirely along stretches of greenway on compacted sand or on tarmacked surfaces, easy to cycle along. Leaving Le Cheylard, there’s a steady 8km ascent (2.5% gradient) towards Les Nonières, followed by a 12km descent (2.3% gradient) to Lamastre, the Corten steel guard rails recalling the route’s railway past.
Link to ViaRhôna via the Train de l'Ardèche (Mastrou)
Leaving from Lamastre, it is possibie to reach ViaRhôna at Tournon-sur-Rhône by jumping aboard the Train de l'Ardèche (Mastrou). This tourist train is equipped to take bicycles, but you must reserve a place for yourself and your bike in advance.
- Belsentes: along the Dolce Via, you in fact cross under the village via the well-lit Les Nonières Tunnel (320m in length)
- Saint-Prix: Chapelle Notre Dame de la Pitié
- Desaignes: a character-filled village
- Lamastre: the Train de l'Ardèche; the Ferme du Châtaignier (dedicated to chestnuts); the bathing spot