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Le Beaujolais

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This cycling route features several highlights of the Beaujolais region. We start in the middle of the Beaujolais Wine region, cycling through the undulating landscape of chateaux and vignes. After ca 20 km we leave the vineyards and start climbing to the Haut Beaujolais. This is really a low-mountain area with plenty of stuning views. The route takes you along several colls, often less steep and less high than in the Alps, but don't underestimate them! From the Haut Beaujolais we descend to the villegae Beaujeu, and from here on we ride again through the vineyards until we reach the starting point.

This route is based on some routes available by the depertment du Rhone, topographic map study and some improvisation. Routes from the departement du Rhone are currently not available as GPX files. Note that these routes are signposted, but some signposts appear to be missing, so bring a map if you decide to tackle one of them (or just ride this route).

My GPS indicated a total of 2275 ascending meters for this route, so bring suitable brackets :-)



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France - View all cycling routes in this country | 2 stars | 107 km
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Villié Morgon (distance from start: 5.85 m)

Villié Morgon
Nice Beaujolais village.

Parking availability near the church.

le vieux moulin (distance from start: 13.9 km)

le vieux moulin
Old windmill

Gives its name to the Moulin-à-Vent wines.

viewpoint (distance from start: 23.9 km)

Stunning view on the vineyards!

col de Gerbet (distance from start: 27.4 km)

col de Gerbet
Col de Gerbet

Cenves (distance from start: 30.2 km)


viewpoint (distance from start: 31.3 km)

stunning Mountainview...

col du Boubon (distance from start: 33.4 km)

col du Boubon

viewpoint (distance from start: 34.7 km)

More stunning landscapes..

fountain (distance from start: 36.9 km)

At the end of the village there is a fountain built in the roadside wall (following the route, at your left side). Although it might look undrinkable, the locals assured my that it is 'eau potable'. I took 2 bottles and didn't have any problems later on :-)

viewpoint (distance from start: 41.6 km)

I really liked this viewpoint

col de la Croix de l'Orme (distance from start: 41.9 km)

col de la Croix de l'Orme

St-Pierre-le-Vieux (distance from start: 49.7 km)


col de Champ Juin (distance from start: 63 km)

col de Champ Juin

Monsols (distance from start: 67.9 km)


Col de Crie (distance from start: 70.2 km)

Col de Crie
The Col de Crie has a tourist information desk with a small shop selling local products.

You can ask to fill your water bottles here!

side valley (distance from start: 74.8 km)

side valley
Les Ardillats
so, I tried this side valley to reach one of the higher roads here
very nice valley, but unfortunately my GPS (with topo france maps) had it at the wrong end: the route is not suitable for racing bikes, so I returned...

descend to Beaujeu (distance from start: 87.6 km)

descend to Beaujeu
This descent features stunning views, first of the mountain landscape with meadows, later on of nice vineyards...

Beaujeu (distance from start: 91.4 km)

Touristic town of Beaujeu

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