Walk with magnificent views of Lyon and the Rhône valley
Saint-Laurent-de-Vaux is a small French village located 17 km south-west of Lyon in the Rhône department , surrounded by the communes of Yzeron, Vaugneray and Thurins.
Situated at an altitude of 423 metres, the Yzeron River, the Ruisseau Goutte Lays and the Ruisseau de la Milonière are the main waterways that cross the commune of Saint-Laurent-de-Vaux.
From Saint-Laurent-de-Vaux we start our hike in the direction of Châteauvieux .
First, the path leads slowly but steadily uphill, passing the dolmens of Châteauvieux until we reach the chapel in Châteauvieux. Before reaching the church of St. John the Baptist, at the entrance of the hamlet a modern cross replaces the old one destroyed in 1984.
The little roman church of Châteauvieux ,that became an annex of Yzeron in 1658, dates from the 11th century. This chapel is surrounded by its old cemetery and three over 400 years old "Sully" lime trees.
We leave Châteauvieux and was along until we arrive in Yzeron.
The history of Yzeron is marked by its mountainous geography and the availability of its springs. The Romans captured the water for the irrigation of the town of Lugdunum (Lyon) and, while it is no longer visible to the naked eye over the territory, the route of the aqueduct is well documented.
After a short break and a visit of Yzeron, we walk back to our departure point. The hike takes about 3 hours with breaks, in summer you will find numerous sunny spots for a picnic.
During your walk you have will have unique views.