In the vineyards
32,63 Km
2 h 10 min
I cycle often
From Thoissey, head for Trévoux by bike, enjoying the natural setting of the towpath down the Saône Valley, the Beaujolais hills opposite. Along the route, several unmissable cultural and gastronomic sites compete for your attention. If a fan of water sports, try canoeing on the river, or going for a dip in the Saône at one of the specially laid-out spots. Visit the remarkable châteaux in these parts, and eat at the outdoor summer riverside restaurants, guinguettes. Trévoux is a little old town full of surprising discoveries – this was once historic capital of the tiny Principality of Dombes.

Elevation of the stage

Waytypes of the stage

Cycle path: 31,04 km By road: 1,62 km Provisional itinerary: 1,60 km

Surface of the stage

Inconnu: 1,47 km Accidenté: 29,35 km Lisse: 1,84 km

The route

For the time being, between Mâcon and Massieux, there’s no signposting for cyclists (although this should be put in place by the end of 2021), so we recommend you use GPX tracks.

Route along the towpath (mostly stony - mountain bikes/cyclists strongly recommended until summer 2023), some sections will be subject to repair work from autumn 2022 to summer 2023 on the Saint-Didier sur Chalaronne - Messimy section by the Val de Saône Centre Community of Municipalities. Temporary detours will be set up to ensure continuity of the route during the work.

Please note:

Very narrow passage in the southern sector of Fareins on reaching Beauregard (widening work is planned for spring 2023 by the Communauté de communes Dombes Saône Vallée).

Take care when crossing the D933B (400m) in the centre of Jassans-Riottier.

Warning: on the sections closed to traffic, there may be service vehicles, local residents' vehicles or fishermen's vehicles, barriers with sometimes narrow passages for trailers or saddlebags.

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SNCF (French national railways network)

TER line Dijon <> Mâcon <> Lyon

Don't miss

  • Water gardens of Saint-Didier-sur-Chalaronne: Zen park with plant heritage and Koi carp.
  • Montmerle: tower and chapel of the Minimes on the site of the former castle.
  • Château de Fléchères in Fareins: 17th century castle with its Italian frescoes from 1632 and period furniture.
  • Villefranche-sur-Saône: Renaissance architecture and shops in the historic centre. Gateway to the Unesco Global Geopark of Beaujolais.
  • Saint-Bernard: medieval church and castle.
  • Trévoux: medieval town, fortified castle, Dombes Parliament and museums. Les Cascades swimming area, media library, La Passerelle cinema.

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