A circuit primarily on small paved and sunny roads.
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 in the car park below the road from the fire station.
(S/F) Cross the D6 and go straight ahead to climb to the Croix des Mitanes.
(1) At the cross there are five possible directions. Take the road ahead, slightly to the right, that goes down into the valley.
(2) Leave the road on the left towards Le Flachon and turn right onto the paved road.
Pass by, on the right, the two paths that lead to Fontagneux, pass through the intersection with a cross and reach a fork.
(3) Turn left on Chemin de la Scierie, go up to the church, go behind it and continue to the junction at the stadium.
(4) Turn left on the road, head alongside the stadium and the cemetery.
(5) Cross the D65 to continue opposite in the direction of Marchizaud.
(6) At the last house, turn right on the road going up in the meadows behind the farm. Head back across the D65 and continue on the path that goes up through the field, fork left and continue to the road to La Thomassière.
(7) Turn right and cross La Thomassière.
(8) At the first junction, turn right and continue to the Dionnière junction (cross).
(9) Turn left down the road which becomes a path. At the fork just before the buildings, turn right and continue to the intersection located 50 m from the Bicouri Cross which is on the left.
(10) Follow through and across the path that climbs up to and into pastures. Go around the farm on the right onto the D65. Continue straight on the road and go back to the Hospital rest area.
(11) Take the first right after the farm. It leads you to Fontagneux.
(12) Pass by the farm and take the path opposite that heads off through the pastures. Meet back up with the outbound path in the valley and turn left.
Pass back through points (2) and (1) in succession to reach the car park (S/F).
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 2671ft
1 : mi 0.27 - alt. 2733ft - Croix des Mitanes
2 : mi 0.79 - alt. 2523ft - Junction
3 : mi 1.83 - alt. 2428ft - Fork, take Chemin de la Scierie to to the left
4 : mi 2.15 - alt. 2523ft - Crossroads, turn left
5 : mi 2.41 - alt. 2510ft - D65, go opposite on Route de Marchizaud
6 : mi 2.71 - alt. 2530ft - Turn right through fields
7 : mi 2.99 - alt. 2740ft - Route de la Thomassière
8 : mi 3.46 - alt. 2802ft - Junction, turn right
9 : mi 3.81 - alt. 2743ft - La Dionnière, cross, turn left
10 : mi 4.55 - alt. 2700ft - Crossing, take road opposite
11 : mi 5.13 - alt. 2723ft - Hospital reception area
12 : mi 5.74 - alt. 2569ft - Fontagneux
D/A : mi 7.21 - alt. 2671ft
Before (4), in the village of Marcenod: Toilets, drinking water, bread and groceries.
(11) In the Hospital reception area: tables, toilets and drinking water.
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