A short, easy and enjoyable stroll. You will walk alongside ponds, cross through woods on wide, pleasant paths (which can sometimes be a bit muddy...). The peaks of Pilat are visible in the distance. Thanks to Marc for this walk!
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.
The walk starts at the car park of the Saint-Michel church and the Châlon(s) cemetery. Chalon(s) is located in Isère between Vienne and Beaurepaire.
(S/F) Leaving the car park, turn right up the coast (north east). Continue on the narrow road that quickly becomes a wide dirt path. Come to a crossroads just after the power line.
(1) Head to the left (at the sign that reads “le Bois de Rejet" - 500 m) and follow the edge of the first pond. At the next crossroads turn left again (at the sign that reads "Refuge du Bois de l'Eglise" - 1.1 km). Walk along a second pond and continue this wide path, ignoring the trails heading to the right or left.
(2) Reach the aforementioned refuge: a cabin with a table and two benches under a canopy and place to fill up water supplies.
Head back on the asphalt road to the left until you reach a building on the right. Take the path immediately after to the right. Walk along a small pond. Continue on to a small road to the left (careful, there are cars...).
Pass in front of some small modern houses (the Terres Rouges) and continue past a white gate to get to the junction with the D46.
(3) Cross the main road. At the fork in front of you, ignore the dead end on the right (Impasse des Revolets) that leads, of course, nowhere, and take the left path. At the next fork, go left again.
Allow several paths to go by on the left and right and continue to a fork where Yellow markings invite you to turn right.
(4) Do not follow these markings and take the left fork (pretty much directly ahead). 300 m further on, take the left path (with the National Forests sign that reads "Forêt domaniale des Revolets" facing away from the reader). Head along this wide path with a forest on the left and a large field on the right.
After having once again crossed the high voltage lines, continue straight ahead to head down towards the Châlon(s) town hall/school.
(5) Take the road (D46) which starts below the town hall (heading south-east) then, almost immediately, turn left (signposted “Eglise Saint-Michel”). Turn left again at the houses, follow the road past a new pond, turn 90° to the left and climb sharply return to your vehicle (S/F).
D/A : km 0 - alt. 374m
1 : km 1.48 - alt. 422m - After the power line, turn left
2 : km 3 - alt. 416m - Refuge du Bois de l'Eglise
3 : km 4.21 - alt. 407m - D46, cross and take the path opposite
4 : km 5.42 - alt. 422m - Fork, do not follow the Yellow markings, go left
5 : km 7.01 - alt. 348m - Chalon(s) town hall/school. Take the right
D/A : km 8.32 - alt. 374m
Before starting this walk, you can fill up with water at the taps of the cemetery (residents are very hospitable).
The name of the town of Chalon(s) is odd:
- on the IGN maps, on cartography programmes it is written with an "s" at the end.
- within the commune, the "s" isn't used(!?).
There is no real road: there is the town hall, 1 km on, the church and the cemetery, and scattered farms...
You will find various water refill points along the route (at the cemetery, at the shelter and the town hall).
Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.
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