Groslée / La Balme-les-Grottes ViaRhôna

Canals & intimate rivers
51,97 Km
3 h 27 min
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La Balme-les-Grottes

51,97 km cycling route from Groslée to La Balme-les-Grottes

This ViaRhôna stage takes you through unspoilt countryside beside the Rhône. Hidden in the magnificent landscapes of the southern Bugey, with their mountains and forests, lie splendid lakes and marshes. You pass lovely villages like Saint-Sorlin-en-Bugey and Sault-Brénaz, and the more secretive La Balme-les-Grottes, with its great caves and picturesque centre. A lovely greenway links "La Vallée Bleue" to Lagnieu. At Lagnieu Bridge, follow the D 1075 and D 65 to join La-Balme-les-Grottes, Be careful on the road (no signposting).

Elevation of the stage

74 m 65 m

Waytypes of the stage

Cycle path: 39,65 km By road: 12,31 km

Surface of the stage

Lisse: 25,37 km Inconnu: 26,60 km

The route

New cycle route wich allows to cross "Le Pays des Couleurs" via Morestel, with an alternation of greenways and shared roads.The greenway between La Vallée Bleue and Lagnieu is signposted. At Lagnieu’s bridge, follow the D 1075 road, then the D 65, to reach La Balme-les-Grottes; note that this stretch isn’t signposted yet.

Alternative options

Groslée <> Sault-Brénaz: follow the D 19 road, physically demanding, with lots of traffic.

Lagnieu <> La Balme-les-Grottes: along grassy tracks that you join by turning right after crossing Lagnieu’s bridge (hybrid bike required). 

Railway Stations (SNCF) :

Be carreful, no trains direcly along the route.

Nearest railway stations : Ambérieu-en-Bugey 

13 km from Saint-Sorlin en Bugey

11 km from Lagnieu

15 km from la Balme-les-Grottes

  • TER (local services) line 35 : Chambéry > Culoz > Ambérieu-en-Bugey > Lyon
  • TER (local services) line 4 : Annecy > Aix-les-Bains > Saint-André-le-Gaz > Lyon Part Dieu > Ambérieu-en-Bugey
  • TER (local services) line 3 : Saint-Gervais – Evian – Genève > Bellegarde > Culoz > Ambérieu-en-Bugey > Lyon Part Dieu
  • TER (local services) line 30 : Mâcon > Bourg-en-Bresse > Ambérieu-en-Bugey

From Morestel :  Saint-André-le-Gaz railway station : 19 km from Morestel

  • TER (local services) line 54 : Chambéry > Lyon
  • TER (local services) line 62 : Grenoble > Saint-André-le-Gaz
  • TER (local services) line 4 : Annecy > Aix-les-Bains > Lyon
  • TER (local services) line 1 : Grenoble > Bourgoin-Jallieu > Lyon

Tourist Information Centres :

Don't miss :

Saint-Sorlin-en-Bugey: a medieval village with castle

Morestel: a well-flowered historic town that has traditionally attracted painters. It’s a lively place, with numerous historic buildings, shops and exhibitions.

Grottes de la Balme: these conceal stalagmites and stalgatites as well as natural bassins of water. A Balcons du Rhône heritage site.

La Vallée Bleue: a big outdoor sports and recreation centre at Montalieu Vercieu

Briord: with a Roman aqueduct

Serrières-de-Briord: for Le Point-Vert outdoor sports and recreation centre

Markets :

Sault-Brénaz : Thursday morning

Morestel : Sunday morning

Accommodation on the stage

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