Climb and ramble along the ridges above Annonay. Beautiful view of the Alps and Pilat.
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 of the climbing spot at the entrance of Villevocance, north of the D121.
(D/A) Cross the bridge and take the path waymarked in Red and Yellow which turns to the left, climbing to Toissieu.
(1) At the crossroads in the village, take the second right to follow the GRP (waymarked in Red and Yellow) in the direction of Croix de Chirol (signs). Head towards the north, ignoring the path coming from the left.
(2) At the crossroads, veer towards the left at an acute angle (south), then to the right at an acute angle until you reach the orientation table at the Croix de Chirol.
(3) Take the Parc path to the west (waymarked in Black and White) which meets a small path, follow this path to the left for 1 km.
(4) At a cross just before the place called Beaujon, take a waymarked path in the direction of Budignes on the right.
(5) At the village, take the left (south), a small path which passes in front of the cemetery.
(6) At the crossroads of the paths, take the path to the right which goes down steeply and meets up with the (cross) path.
(7) Take it towards the south (horse riding trail, orange waymarking). Go down into the forest and follow a large zigzag route until you meet a stream.
(8) Cross the stream and follow it to the south. You will reach a large path which continues to follow the stream.
(9) Leave the stream and continue to descend on this path in a south-east and then easterly direction.
(10) It turns into a road. At the first crossroads (houses) take the left-hand path heading downwards, which leads us back to the car park (D/A).
D/A : km 0 - alt. 433m
1 : km 1.65 - alt. 564m - Toissieu
2 : km 4.75 - alt. 835m - Crossroads at ref. point 833
3 : km 5.43 - alt. 895m - Croix de Chirol (cross)
4 : km 7.33 - alt. 903m - Path on the right
5 : km 8.57 - alt. 899m
6 : km 13.48 - alt. 894m
7 : km 14.41 - alt. 890m - Path on the right
8 : km 15.26 - alt. 777m - Due south
9 : km 17.17 - alt. 649m - Stream
10 : km 19.41 - alt. 513m - South-east direction
11 : km 20.41 - alt. 512m - Large path
D/A : km 21.56 - alt. 434m
Several paths. Good shoes and a map are advised.
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