Circular hike in the Chamelet woods

A lovely, easy walk through the woods above Chamelet.

Technical sheet
A Chamelet walk posted on 11/03/16 by cebtudid. Update : 04/02/18
Calculated time Calculated time: 4h55[?]
Distance Distance : 8.12mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 1608ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 1604ft
Highest point Highest point : 2379ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 1001ft
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Areas Areas : Massif central, Beaujolais
Location Location : Chamelet (69620)
Starting point Starting point : N 45.982325° / E 4.508687°
Map IGN Map (Click to buy) : Ref. 2930ET
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Leave from Chamelet train station (car park).

PR Yellow waymarking and GRP Red and Yellow waymarking.

(D/A) From the car park, take the D82 on the left, cross the bridge over the Azergues river and then turn right at the crossroads in the direction of Bergeron, following the Yellow waymarking. Climb uphill on the tarmacked path up to the end of the housing estate.

(1) At the fork, turn right in the direction of Clayet Wood and continue straight on, going alongside Clayet Wood up to the fork with a small tarmacked path after a sharp bend to the right.

(2) Turn left and continue on until you reach Corret.

(3) Take the path on the left in the direction of Gutty. Be careful, the start of the path is poorly marked: you need to take the path which is just above the one marked "propriété privée" ("private property"), GRP waymarking in Yellow and Red. It heads into a conifer wood and goes rapidly downhill. At the bottom, cross over the small river and head to the left (very clear Yellow and Red waymarking).

(4) At the Gutty crossroads, head to the right and then again to the right for a few metres and follow the path in a south-west direction which leads to a tarmacked road at Croix du Sec.

(5) Follow the tarmacked road on the left. Ignore a road on the left heading towards Guerry and, at the crossroads, turn right onto the D82 until you reach the Croix du Thel Pass.

(6) At the pass, turn left onto the D629 (there is a picnic area on the left) in the direction of Roche Saint-Martin.
Continue to follow the Yellow and Red waymarking.

(7) At the fork, stay on the left of the D629 and then turn left onto the access road for the relay pylon. Leave this road around 200m further on and take the left again until you reach a branch in the paths.

(8) Leave the GRP by branching off to the left towards Font Davy and go downhill through the woods. At the branch in the paths, turn left onto the PR (Yellow waymarking) and continue straight ahead. Ignore all the paths on both sides of the path and continue straight on until you reach the road leading to Peignaux.

(9) Follow this road to the left, going past the reservoir and then, a few hundred metres further on, leave the road and take the path on the right in the direction of Chamelet.

(10) At the road, turn left and, after about 50m, turn right onto the path going back down towards Chamelet with a view over the village and the Alps if the weather is right. At the first branch in the paths, continue to the right and then, at the crossroads with the D82, turn right, go over the bridge and you will return to the car park at the station (D/A).

Happy hiking!

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. mi 0
1 : mi 0.49 - alt. mi 0.49 - Bergeron, fork, branch off to the right
2 : mi 1.55 - alt. mi 1.55 - Branch, turn left towards Corret
3 : mi 2.11 - alt. mi 2.11 - Take the GRP to the left
4 : mi 2.76 - alt. mi 2.76 - Crossroads, turn right twice
5 : mi 3.62 - alt. mi 3.62 - Road, turn left towards Croix de Thel
6 : mi 4.24 - alt. mi 4.24 - Croix de Thel Pass, turn left onto the D629
7 : mi 4.73 - alt. mi 4.73 - D629, head to the left
8 : mi 5.12 - alt. mi 5.12 - Fork, leave the GRP, turn left
9 : mi 6.48 - alt. mi 6.48 - Road, turn left
10 : mi 7.56 - alt. mi 7.56 - Road, 100m turn left and then right
D/A : mi 8.12 - alt. mi 8.12

Useful Information

(8) At Roche Saint-Martin, it is possible to go up to the orientation table (needs restoring) and back. To do this, take the road in the direction of the relay and then, at the relay, turn to the right in the direction of Brou - the Guerin cabin (1.2km there and back).

We advise taking IGN maps with you on this walk. Click here to buy : 2930ET.

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

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