At the gates of Lyon and Saint-Étienne, the Lyonnais Mountains span the departments of Rhône and Loire, in the Massif Central foothills. This low mountain region offers varied landscapes of mountains and foothills, valleys, meadows, woods and forests, which will delight nature-lovers and athletes alike with its variety of outdoor pursuits. With its hundreds of kilometres of marked paths, hikers and mountain bikers will find plenty to keep them busy. For example, you can climb up to the Col de la Luère or the Signal de Saint-André to enjoy stunning views. From the latter, you will even be able to glimpse the Alps. For a relaxing day out or an adrenaline rush, head to Lake Le Ronzey in Yzeron or the Val d'Orzon climbing site in Saint-Symphorien-sur-Coise respectively!
But the Lyonnais Mountains are also renowned for their built and industrial heritage. You will see many aqueducts, chapels, churches and old mills during your travels. To round off your adventure, learn all about the region's skills by visiting a former felt hat factory that is now the Hat Museum and Workshop, in Chazelles-sur-Lyon.