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Ain by Bike : Route n° 17 – Secret Spells and Magic Potions

Hikes & walks in Châtillon-sur-Chalaronne

Ain by Bike : Route n° 17 – Secret Spells and Magic Potions - Hikes & walks in Châtillon-sur-Chalaronne
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Nature has forever taught us the art of healing, through the animal, plant and mineral kingdoms. Even as far back as the very first civilisations, man began to lay down the foundations of medicine. This early understanding of nature, however modest, would go on to be developed over the centuries.There are a surprising number of apothecaries – the ancestor of today’s pharmacies – found in the region of Rhône-Alpes. A mystery which characterises this circuit, where you will have the opportunity to visit Thoissey and Châtillon-sur-Chalaronne’s apothecaries.

Description sheet

DepartmentAin
Departure municipalityChâtillon-sur-Chalaronne
Outing typeCycling itinerary
DifficultyEasy
Duration2h30
Kilometres25 mi
Altitude upon departure173m
Change in altitude290m

Access

Depart from the town of Châtillon-sur-Chalaronne, latitude 46.114637 (N 46° 6’ 53”), longitude 4.959803 (E 4° 57’ 35”)

Itinerary

There are a total of 7 apothecaries in Ain – so, why such a large number in this area? Did the region have an important tradition for medicine and an early vocation for healthcare treatments? Or was it due to the plant life found in the mountains here and their medicinal properties? The local earthenware industry could be another explanation… - A unique legacy remains of this today, with rich collections of pottery and recipes based on poppies and “health chocolate” preserved in beautiful apothecaries, their walls adorned with wood panelling and fresco paintings from the time.

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