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Beaujolais - Medieval village tour
This independent walking holiday takes place in the Beaujolais region of France, located to the north and east of Lyon, which is made up of a series of rolling hills getting progressively higher as you go north and summiting around 1000m above sea level. Despite the relatively gentle nature of their slopes, the scale of the peaks and the depths of the valleys create a landscape of great panoramas and rich contrasts. The character of the hills changes with altitude as the vines give way to forests and pastures on the higher slopes.
Made up of about 40 parishes in the South of the Beaujolais region, the area known as the “Golden stones” (pierre dorées), is so called due to the colour of the limestone used in its historic buildings. Here, your walking holiday will pass through a number of remarkable villages with some of the prettiest villages in France perched on hilly promontories. Wherever you look, you'll find fortified remains, chateaux or churches adorning the vine covered slopes. The scale and gentleness of the slopes has created a sumptuous landscape of interlocking hills receding to the horizon, that literally leaves you with the impression of flying over the hills. This picturesque wine growing area is often referred to as the local Tuscany due to the similarities in their expansive landscapes. Your French walking holiday covers a circular tour around the heart of this golden stones area, visiting about 15 of these picturesque and well preserved villages. For the most part, the region is relatively undiscovered in terms of walking holidays and therefore you will enjoy quiet, unspoilt trails.
This self-guided or independent walking holiday in the Beaujolais region of France is made up of 6 walks moving between guest houses. The walks average about 16km with limited ascents and descents although some paths can be rough and stoney in places with the odd steeper section. Average daily ascent is 325m.
Day 1: Arrival
Welcome, transfer from Lyon to Beaujolais region and settle in to your first guest house.
Day 2: Moire - Averlys
The first day of your independent walking holiday starts by climbing onto a ridgeline which gives you 360° views over the Golden Stones region, the Beaujolais, the Azergues Valley and on clear days of the entire Alpine chain. The ridgeline will lead you to the quaint medieval village of Theizé with it's 13th century chateau de Rochebonne and its historic limestone houses centred around a pretty square. After lunch you take a path that contours beneath the higher hills crossing secluded valleys to reach your next guest house. Domaine Averlys is set in a lovely location among the Beaujolais vines beneath the village of Cogny. 16km, +400m
Day 3: Averlys - Pommiers
You have the choice of visiting the pretty village of Cogny before your trail passes through vines to reach the beautiful limestone village of Jarnioux with its amazing towered chateau (possibility to visit chateau). Your walking trail then climbs to Pommiers, a great location on a ridgeline separating the Soane Valley from the Beaujolais. Your guest house is located in a secluded and beautiful spot. 12 - 15km, +360m
Day 4: Pommiers - Châtillon d'Azergues
Today's route is a gentle day, as the path gently climbs through vines, pasture and forest to the historic ridge top villages of Marcy, with its ancient telecommunications tower and Charnay, with its narrow streets lined with charming historic properties. From here the walking trail descends to the beautiful fortified village of Châtillon d'Azergues with its historic chateau and chapel. Charming small guest house with great food. 14km or 17km, +200m
Day 5: Chatillon - St Verand
For useful advice about independent walking and preparing for your self guided holiday please take a look at the articles in our top-tips section.
Once you have booked on this independent walking or trekking holiday, further information about the walking, the region and what to bring, will be sent to you. We do have a web page dedicated to what clothes and equipment you should bring. In addition, our travel shop has direct access to all the top walking and travel retailers. Please contact us if you need any further information.
Accommodation & Meals
On our independent walking holiday in the southern Beaujolais of France, you will stay in a number of charming bed & breakfasts full of local character (3 corns quality). All rooms have private bathrooms. Examples of the guest houses used on the holiday are shown below. They are small, very comfortable guest houses where you'll be treated to some great Beaujolais hospitality. They'll enjoy giving up their time to make your stay extra special.
A hearty and healthy continental breakfast provides the perfect opportunity to discover the local specialities such as home-made jams and local cheeses. At midday you will eat packed lunches prepared by your hosts. All evening meals will be taken at your guest houses with your hosts, where you will be treated to delicious local delicacies and great wine.
|Clos de Pomeir||B&B||Lovely historic house, beautifully restored near the pretty village of Pommiers. Swimming pool and garden with magnificent view across the hills.||4 Corns|
|Domaine des Averlys||B&B||Wine producers house, in a wonderful setting near the pretty village of Cogny. Wine tasting with friendly and welcoming hosts.||3 Corns|
|Domaine des Aloets||B&B||Beautiful historic wine producers house in the pretty village of Moiré. Wine tasting with friendly and welcoming host.|
Transfers from Lyon airport
Transfers between Lyon Airport or train station and the Beaujolais region of France are included in the price of your independent walking holiday.
The airlines Easy jet, Flybe and British Airways have scheduled flights from the UK - Luton, Edinburgh, Birmingham, London Heathrow and Gatwick - to Lyon St Exupery airport.
Please visit our travel shop for links to useful sites for reserving airport parking or booking train tickets
Note: Please check concerning the availability of a walking holiday before booking any flights. If you need further information or would like to discuss any aspect of your travel arrangements, please contact us, we’re here to help you. We would be happy to book travel arrangements to Lyon, France on your behalf.
Eurostar and the TGV provide a relaxing journey from London direct to Lyon Part Dieu, as well as trains changing at Lille or Paris.
Please use Rail Europe's train finder on our travel page to organise your train journey.
There is a practical train time leaving London at 9am and arriving in Lyon at 3pm. Please contact us before booking to check for other practical times.
Channel ferry crossings from Dover are provided by a number of operators including P&O Ferries & DFDS seaways. Crossings are also provided by train with Eurotunnel.
Once in France, the journey from Calais to the Beaujolais area takes about 7 hours (excluding long breaks).
Tolls amount to about 35 euros each way. Controlled parking is available at the airport for 50 euros. Other secure but non-surveilled parking is available free of charge.
Take a look at our slide-show of this part of the Beaujolais region.