Family-friendly walk in the hills of Saint-Héand among the horses and cows.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
Park on Route Maisonette under the remarkable lonely high pine. Can hold 3-4 cars.
(S/F) Take the path that goes to the east through meadows. After passing the Meyrieux cross, at a fork veer left.
(1) At the T-junction, turn left towards the masts (2). Head back down (north) to the T-junction.
(3) Turn right the way through the Sonnier woods, ignoring paths on the left. At Pin Rond (4), turn left at the hairpin bend on a small road and head around the Aliziers farm.
(5) At a place called Le Rivollier, continue on the road that goes left. Come down the valley (6) (horse shelters and grazing pasture). Follow the road up to Chez Paris.
(7) Turn left at an acute angle and head up the path (south-west). Having arrived at the cross (8) follow the road ahead upwards. Stay on the road, ignore two roads on the left, pass Maisonette and return to the starting point (S/F).
D/A : km 0 - alt. km 0
1 : km 1.19 - alt. km 1.19 - T-junction
2 : km 1.62 - alt. km 1.62 - Relay antennae
3 : km 1.81 - alt. km 1.81 - Fork
4 : km 3.09 - alt. km 3.09 - The D54 Le Pin Rond
5 : km 3.91 - alt. km 3.91 - Le Rivollier
6 : km 5 - alt. km 5 - Haras le Greloup
7 : km 6.12 - alt. km 6.12 - Chez Paris
8 : km 6.65 - alt. km 6.65 - Cross
D/A : km 8.61 - alt. km 8.61
Picnic tables at (2) and in the woods after (5).
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Horses and hippodrome (6).
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