This route, starting from Dolomieu, leads you through beautiful countryside and small towns that inspired painters and writers: Morestel, Branques, Aosta... A lush green landscape for cyclists.
From Morthelayse, head for La Frette then take the first right onto the D16 to Saint-Sorlin-de-Morestel.
Continue on the D16 via Gravannes, Morestel, Tuile and Creys-Mépieu.
After Daleygnieu turn right towards Grand Gouvoux - Tours.
At the RD60 turn left and then right.
In Brangues, continue on the D33C to Le Bouchage.
Cross the departmental road and take the D40D via Le Rafour, Polossat and Le Sablonnet to Les Avenières.
Then head towards Aoste to the Walibi roundabout then turn right to return to your starting point via Corbelin.
Finally cross the D1075 via Bois Vion then Saint-Martin and Le Peillet.
The light and atmosphere of the village Morestel has attracted many painters since the 19th century. Brangues, a literary village where Paul Claudel is buried, was a source of inspiration for Stendhal and his famous work "Le Rouge et le Noir".
The village of Aoste is situated on the ancient Roman road that connected Vienna to Italy, where digs have revealed many Gallo-Roman artifacts.
- Cycle sports, Signposted Cycling routes
- 47 km
- Trail type:
- Elevation gain:
- 430 m
- Daily duration:
- 3h 30m
Father Louis's ostriches
Father Louis, who lives in Vézeronce-Curtin, near Morestel, breeds these unique birds with passion. He introduces visitors to the particularities of these little-known birds in a very lively and friendly way. Buy nourishing and decorative ostrich eggs, as well as also meat, terrines, pâtés, sausages and gift baskets. Very trendy!
RN 75 - 38510 Vézéronce-Curtin.
Tel. +33 (0)4 74 80 15 38 or +33 (0)6 82 67 49 79.
History, culture and heritage
Aoste Museum: the museum recounts the town's history in the Gallo-Roman period. It was a prosperous time thanks to its strategic position between Vienna and Italy. The collections show how society was organised, activities for production, religious practices and crafts, particularly ceramics. The site is rich with rich archaeological heritage due to important Gallo-Roman collections.
Morestel or "the painter's city": built on a rocky promontory dominated by a medieval tower, Morestel has attracted many artists since the 19th century. Other attractions include the old fortified town, a keep with orientation table, an exceptional flower display, the town garden designed like a painter's palette, a beautiful heritage circuit and the floral tour.
Brangues or "the writer's city": in the district of Morestel, Brangues is also known as a "village of literature" thanks to two famous writers. Firstly, this is where the "Berthet affair" took place, a real fact that inspired Stendhal's novel "Le Rouge et le Noir". Secondly, Paul Claudel settled here on the banks of the Rhône. His private castle belongs to the Claudel family, but his tomb, in a Japanese garden, is open to visits on French annual heritage days. A Claudel-Stendhal exhibition tells the tale of the relation between the writers and the village.
For fun: a more playful activity, Walibi Amusement Park in Les Avenières has attractions for water-lovers and thrillseekers with background music.
Contact details & information
Office de Tourisme Intercommunal des Balcons du Dauphiné
- 38110 Dolomieu
From 01/01 to 31/12.
Subject to favorable weather.