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Pond walks

Stroll among the Dombes ponds and let yourself be enchanted by the charm of their landscapes…

A walk along the edge of the ponds at Saint Nizier le Désert, alternating between dirt tracks and tarmac roads. There are two tricky sections (around 1.9km on the départementale), but they’re well worth the effort to catch a glimpse of egrets, herons, great crested grebes, ducks and swans.

Beware, many ponds are under cultivation this year!

Walking circuit

along the ponds

12 km walk in St Nizier

Starting from the parking lot at the base de la Nizière in the village of Saint-Nizier-le-Désert.

Stage 1

Drive along l’Étang Laclet and at the next crossroads, turn right onto the D90 direction Marlieux to the traffic circle.

Continue straight ahead on the D90, still heading for Marlieux. Reach l’Étang Clair, then take the road on the right, direction “Les Petites Teppes-Les Cuirs” to the crossroads of l’Étang des Épansardières, in the hamlet of Les Cuirs.

Step 2

Turn left, pass between two ponds then turn right. Continue along Étangs Marcua, Neuf Léger and Jambre. The latter pond leads to a tarmac road. Turn right to reach l’Étang des Lechères. Follow it to the next crossroads.

Step 3

Keep to the right and go around the pond. Then go alongside the Étang des Perchères, turn right onto the D70B and continue to the Etang Neuf post. Turn right and continue to the hamlet Trépet.

Step 4

Continue to Les Grassières. At the Grassières farm, turn right between the farm and the barn. A few metres further on, turn left and walk along the hedge, then along l’Étang Portery to reach the northern corner ofl’Étang des Épansardières.

Step 5

Turn left and follow the road until you reach the D70b. Turn right towards Saint-Nizier. Continue straight on until you reach the traffic circle.

Turn left onto the D90, following the same route as the outward journey, to reach the parking lot near the La Nizière base.

The route


Starting point

Base de loisirs de la Nizière à Saint-Nizier-le-Désert


12 km

Approximate time



Easy – 56% tarmac

Ideal for mountain biking.

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