Etappe 7: Von Seyssel zum Lac d'Aiguebelette – Auf dem Weg Richtung Sonne
Includes a segment in which cycling is forbidden
You will have to dismount and push your bike.
55 yd in total
Bike Touring Highlight
Tobias planned a bike ride.
April 12, 2021
Seyssel is a beautiful little town that is worth looking at from at least both sides of the river. From here you are also on the Via Rhôna, the river cycle path along the Rhône. If you just wanted to do it, you could easily follow it via Lyon to the Mediterranean. Lyon, with its big city flair and the oversized oil refineries, has never been on my preferred cycling map to the south. There are much nicer ways to get back to the bank of the river a little south of the industrial city.From today on, the daily kilometers to be covered finally take on a little more leisurely trains. The landscape changes noticeably and that should be enjoyed. First you follow the Via Rhôna to Chanaz, a small, canal-shaped holiday resort between the Rhône and Lac du Bourget - also affectionately called "Petite Venise savoyarde" (Little Venice of Savoy) by the locals. It is worth taking a short break here to watch the tourist goings-on.At the Lac du Lit au Roi you finally branch off from the Viâ Rhona into the "inland". Alternatively, this junction could only be taken a few kilometers southwest just after Virginin, in order to take with you the spectacular view of the gorge on the “Pont de La Balme” bridge. The view of the pastureland with a rocky backdrop at Nattages is just as delightful.From Yenne you go to the small river of the Flon and follow relentlessly up the mountain until you have reached the highest point of today's route at the crossroads to Marcieux at just over 500 meters. Your destination for the day, the Lac d'Aiguebelette, is still hidden behind a few hills, but you have crossed them in no time. Then one of the most beautiful lakes in the region will reveal itself before your eyes. Of course, he is accordingly developed for tourism.You can find many campsites on its shore. In the high season it will be very crowded everywhere, so it is worth making a reservation. In addition, you don't have to stop for the night at the first campsite along the way. And after you have bypassed the southern tip of the lake, you will quickly notice: It's a bit more contemplative here.My top recommendation for a suitable cyclist accommodation is Camping Mont Grêle in the far south. Unprepared as I was, I headed for this in 2019 as the last option for an overnight stay and was promptly helped. In addition, you have a wonderful view of the mountain massif in the northeast of the lake and with a little luck you can even dust off one of the best places right on the lake if you only stay for one night.
April 21, 2021