Stroll along the Canal du Forez

An open-to-the-sky Sunday stroll in the sun Canal du Forez.

Technical sheet
No. 4098549
A Saint-Just-Saint-Rambert walk posted on 25/01/16 by visorando. Update : 27/09/16
Calculated time Calculated time: 2h55[?]
Distance Distance : 6.25mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 16ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 16ft
Highest point Highest point : 1296ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 1270ft
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Areas Areas : Massif central, Monts du Forez
Location Location : Saint-Just-Saint-Rambert (42170)
Starting point Starting point : N 45.494277° / E 4.237229°
Map IGN Map (Click to buy) : Ref. 2833E
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Park in the car park next to the David Pond.

(S/F) Cross the road and follow the side of the canal avoiding the path to David Pond marked with a fish symbol.

(1) Cross the road and continue on the same bank.

(2) At a stone bridge, cross over to the left and move to the other bank. Otherwise you will be unable to get over the Bonson river. Continue along the canal.

(3) After Frécon Neuf farm with a pond where a small windmill is located, turn right. Cross at the bridge and take a left to return to the right bank.

(4) Cross the D102 departmental road and continue straight on the same bank.

(5) Arrive at the old Estivarelle rail bridge, turn back on yourself and return by the same route to reach the car park (S/F).

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 1280ft
1 : mi 0.92 - alt. 1280ft - Road crossing
2 : mi 1.31 - alt. 1276ft - Obligatory change of bank
3 : mi 1.9 - alt. 1273ft - Change bank again.
4 : mi 2.26 - alt. 1293ft - Road crossing
5 : mi 3.1 - alt. 1280ft - U-turn.
D/A : mi 6.25 - alt. 1280ft

Useful Information

This Sunday stroll is family-friendly. Take extra care with young children because the canal banks do not have barriers.

We advise taking IGN maps with you on this walk. Click here to buy : 2833E.

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

During the walk or to do/see around

Between (4) (5) and you will likely see a good number of egrets which are to be found here.

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