The Via Fluvia crosses no less than three departments: the Haute-Loire over 63 km, the Loire over 3 km and the Ardèche over almost 10 km. In Haute-Loire two sections stand out. The first, 22 km between Lavoûte-sur-Loire and Yssingeaux, mostly on a secure and equipped cycle route, is to be shared with motorized vehicles. Then between Yssingeaux and Riotord, a greenway of nearly 40 km, entirely reserved for pedestrians, cyclists, rollerbladers, scooters and other strollers is particularly suitable for family activities. Discovery.
Family sporting holidays to the rhythm of the Via Fluvia
By bike, on foot, on a scooter... it's impossible to get bored on the Via Fluvia!
In Haute-Loire, La Via Fluvia is nearly 65 km of playground, open to multiple outdoor activities. Cycling (electric or not), mountain biking, scooters, rollerblading on tarmacked parts, standing cyclos for those who don't like to do like everyone else, or simply on foot... There's a choice!
The Via Fluvia is a journey. A 360° experience in the middle of nature in the footsteps of an old railway line that cuts through the landscape. Alternating between greenway and cycle route, it exposes the heritage of the towns and villages it crosses to the eyes of cyclists and walkers who use it: Rosières and its Ravine of Corboeuf , Saint-Julien-du-Pinet, Yssingeaux and its land of juices, Grazac and its brand new himalayan gateway, Montfaucon-en-Velay and its barefoot trail , Raucoules and his Velay Express , Dunières and his Vélorail du Velay .
The wild Loire, the volcanoes of Velay, the sweetness of the juices... Each section has its share of surprises and landscapes. Between healing and adrenaline with the discovery of sometimes unusual activities... we go from one universe to another, we let ourselves be carried away, sometimes surprised...
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Going on an adventure on the Via Fluvia, it's possible
The Via Fluvia in trekking version, it's possible! With its nearly 76 km through Loire, Haute-Loire and Ardèche, it can turn out to be a real odyssey. Of the sports stays by bike or electric bike à la carte, offered by the L'Autre Chemin agency. From bike rental to baggage handling at each stage and accommodation, L'Autre Chemin promises turnkey bike trips!
- 3 days and 2 nights, with a round trip on the La Galoche greenway, for a family getaway. An accessible route, conducive to family roaming. Just enjoy the pleasure of riding together on a secure circuit accessible from 12 years old by electric bike.
Elevation on the course : 1310 m of greenway, country roads and paths.
- 7 days and 6 nights, on the Via Fluvia with a variant of returns by GR and scenic routes. Between Lavoûte-sur-Loire and Tracol (Border between the Haute-Loire and the Loire), this is an opportunity to cross and discover several small villages, while enjoying a route laid out on the old line of the La Galoche iron. An experience to enjoy with family from 12 years old or with friends! The stages are organized in guest rooms offering comfort and authenticity… but also in a superior category hotel. You have the choice !
Elevation on the route: 3210 m of greenway, country roads and paths.
- 8 days and 7 nights, for a real trilogy: Via Fluvia, Via Rhôna and Dolce Via. It is an incredible epic that sets out to discover the territory's three prestigious greenways: the Via Fluvia, but also the Via Rhôna and the Dolce Via. First in Haute-Loire, cyclists will then switch to the Loire department, then to the Ardèche to discover green landscapes and equally charming villages. Even if the greenway stops at Saint-Agrève, L'Autre Chemin has concocted a beautiful route combining small roads and accessible paths to reach Le Puy-en-Velay. A route this time accessible from 14 years old by electric bike.
Elevation of the course : 4010 m of greenway, country roads and paths.
Accommodation, food and fun around the Via Fluvia
La Malle Postale, a valuable aid for transporting luggage on the via river
Traveling light is still great! Based in Le Puy-en-Velay, La Postal trunk accompanies travelers throughout their roaming on the Via Fluvia by offering a luggage transport service from stage to stage, and even a return to your starting point by shuttle.
The giant squirrel of the Sarcenas tunnel in Riotord
For the pleasure of the eyes, in a corner of the Via Fluvia, not far from the Sarcenas viaduct in Riotord, hides a magnificent squirrel... A trompe l'oeil fresco created by Pierre Mallet (a Loire artist) on one of the entrances to the Sarcenas tunnel, now condemned. Since 2020, it turns out to be a nice backdrop for your photos on the via. Take out your goals!