This trail takes you exploring some beautiful countryside as well as Morestel, Brangues, and other small towns that have inspired many a painter and writer.
From the Place des Halles car park in Morestel, continue on the D16 towards Tuile and Creys-Mépieu.After Daleygnieu, turn right towards Grand Gouvoux - Tours. On road RD60, turn left, then right. At Brangues, take the D33C as far as Le Bouchage.Cross the road and follow the D40D via Le Rafour, Polossat and Le Sablonnet until you reach Les Avenières. Then head towards Aoste until you reach the Walibi roundabout, turn right to travel back to the departure point via Corbelin, taking the D1075 road via Bois Vion, then Saint Martin, Le Peillet and Morthelayse. From Morthelayse head towards La Frette and take the first right turn onto road D16 which leads to Saint-Sorlin de Morestel. Continue on the D16 via Gravannes and on to Morestel. For a short cut, or for the experience of cycling on the Via Rhôna, you can take a cycle-friendly route from Morestel.
- Cycle sports, Itinéraire de Vélo à Assistance Electrique
- 46 km
- Trail type:
- Elevation gain:
- 430 m
- Elevation drop:
- 430 m
- Daily duration:
- Terrain type:
- Hard coating (tar, cement, flooring)
- Topographical references:
- Guidemaps: Balcony Paths of Dauphiné and Valleys of Dauphiné
- Type of waymarkers:
- Cycle-tourism numbered 2 waymarkers with green writing on a white background.
Please be respectful of the environment and stay on the waymarked paths_
History, culture and heritage
The itinerary starts at Morestel which, since the 19th century, has attracted many painters who were fascinated by the special light and the atmosphere that reigns here. You’ll then visit the writers’ village of Brangues, the final resting place of Paul Claudel which was also a source of inspiration for Stendhal’s “The Red and the Black”. The return trip is via Aoste, a village located on the old Roman road that ran between Vienne and Italy and where excavations have uncovered an impressive array of Gallo-Roman objects.
1 Ebike rental outlet (Volts Bike) can be found at the departure point.
2 Ebike charging stations are within easy reach of the itinerary.
Contact details & information
Office de Tourisme Intercommunal des Balcons du Dauphiné
- 100 Place des Halles
Starts at Place des Halles in Morestel (access via road RD1075).
Free car park nearby.
Note that restrictions apply in the “blue zone” parking spaces outside Les Halles.
All year round.
Subject to favorable weather.