Observation des oiseaux et promenade au bord des etangs de la Dombe, Ain.Observation des oiseaux et promenade au bord des étangs de la Dombes, Ain.
©Observation des oiseaux et promenade au bord des étangs de la Dombes, Ain.|Daniel Gillet

Grange Chazey Circuit


Walking Route in Dombes 

Start from the village of Versailleux to discover the typical landscapes of the Dombes.

This circuit will offer a beautiful panorama of the Girardier pond, the Joyeux castle behind its pond, and the Chapelier pond (ENS). Mostly on asphalt.

Versailleux Circuit

Accessible for strollers and MTB

11.6 km Walk
The start is from the parking lot on Chemin du Pré de la Ville.

Stage 1
Upon leaving the parking lot, take the Main Street towards the village center.
At the Restaurant du Parc, turn right onto Route du Plantay and continue straight.
At the exit of the village, turn right onto Route de Saint-Nizier and continue for about 2 km.
At the intersection with Chemin de Leva, turn right towards Étang le Plat.

Stage 2
Cross the D904, head towards Étangs Cuiron and Morlan, and continue straight towards Grange Chazey.

Observatories of Versailleux
Observatories of Versailleux
Les observatoires en Dombes

Stage 3
Pass Grange Chazey until the hamlet of Le Rognard. Turn right and stay on the asphalt road.
Continue straight. On the right, there will be a beautiful panorama of Girardier pond. At Route de la Claudine, turn right and continue straight, crossing the D22b. Continue for about 2 km.

Stage 4
At Grange Marchand, take the dirt road to the right.
Pass by Étang Merlan, offering a beautiful view of Joyeux castle, and continue to reach between the Buchillin and Chapelier ponds.
At the intersection, turn left and continue on Chemin de la Tuilière.

When you reach the village, take Route de Meximieux to the left and return to the starting point.

The Walking Route

Starting Point

Parking Chemin du Pré de la Ville


11.6 km

Approximate Time



Medium Difficulty – Mostly asphalt

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