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Best walking, and picnic spots in Lyon

 

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The end of the lockdown and summer are both coming….. finally !!

Is there anything more cheering, after two months of quarantine, than going out for a walk and getting some fresh air? Do you urgently need to stretch your legs? Good, because we have a relaxing walk for you! Along the Rhône (from south to north), between the Parc des Berges and the Parc de la Tête d’Or, 5km of the riverbank has been redeveloped. A colossal work that finished off in 2007 and brought to the city two international awards for the quality of its town planning. You will find artificial lakes where you can dip your feet, a 6000m2 meadow, a fitness trail. And the bonus is that there are no vehicles are allowed.

 

a river running through a park

1.Parc des Berges

A long time ago, the banks of the Rhône were just vast car parks. Today, these places are perfect to get a breath of fresh air during the day; in the evening, it’s a popular nightspot for the locals, who like to go from one peniche (narrowboat) to another till the morning. We will start the discovery with this 5’5-hectares park. The Parc des Berges (Riversides’ Parc) is a games meadow lined with three grass tiers. Then walk up the river towards the north headed for the Parc de la Tête d’Or. Bicycle-lovers will find many Vélo’v stations on the way

 

 

a train crossing a bridge over a river

2.Pont de l’Université

By the faculties, you will see cruises and a shady esplanade planted with elms and oak trees. The sporty ones will find a fitness trail, volleyball courts and boulodromes (pétanque pitch). Families can take a break at the children’s playground.  Tables are also available to have a picnic.

 

a group of people swimming in a body of water

  3.Centre Nautique du Rhône

If it gets too hot, take a dip at the Piscine du Rhône (Rhône’s Pool), an Olympic basin that overhangs the river. Recently renovated and rethought, you will spot it from far thanks to its very tall towers-spotlights that look like space shuttles. Nearby, the wooden wharf, lined with clematis, iris and climbing plants, offers a very nice view over the Rhône.

 

a group of people crossing a bridge over a body of water

 

4,Terrasses de la Guillotière

Along the banks, the terraces in place Jutard and place Rasapil are much appreciated. Down below, the tiers of seats offer a soothing view over the river and skateboarders do one figure after another in the skate park. Artificial lakes will allow you to cool your feet off.

 

a long bridge over a body of water

 

 

5, Prairie     

From Wilson Bridge to Lafayette Bridge, a 6000 m2 meadow stretches out. There you will find some péniche-bars/restaurants (barges) moored. You can quench your thirst on board of La Marquise or La Passagère. Or simply sit down on the grass and gaze at the Grand Hôtel-Dieu. Keep going on and you’ll find a playground.

 

a tree in a forest

6, Bretillod

 

 Between De-Lattre-de-Tassigny Bridge and Churchill Bridge, the bretillod, word typically Lyonnais (meaning “little swamp”), is an environment formed by small islands moving forward over the Rhône. Early in the morning is a perfect time to watch at the fauna (birds… and beavers!!).

 

a group of people in a park

 

7, Parc de la Tête d’Or

 The biggest urban park in France is unmissable for family strolls. Opened in 1857 (the same year as Central Park in NY), the Parc of the Golden Head got his name from a legend which says that a treasure with Christ’s head could be buried in the park. Perfect if you want to have a picnic, admire the rose gardens or walk on the meadows.      

 

  • Start: Parc de Gerland; Metro Stade de Gerland
  • Finish: Parc de la Tête d’Or ; Bus C1, C2, C4, C5, C6, 27, 38, 70
  • Distance: 5 km
  • Time: 2 hours 30 minutes

Our tours are open again and if you would like to join us you can book here 🙂