From Perouges to Bugey

Nature walk: the trail of strong men – ENS de l'Ain

This pretty family interpretive trail offers the discovery of a built heritage linked to the exploitation of choin, the local stone, as well as a walk in the heart of a natural environment whose biodiversity is to be preserved. A calm and instructive walk!

Distance : 2.8 km
Duration : 1h30
Level : Easy
Elevation : 37 D +
Nature walk: the trail of strong men – ENS de l'Ain
Distance : 2.8 km
Duration : 1h30
Level : Easy
Elevation : 37 D +
Departure: Villebois
Stones, Earth, Suitable for all-terrain pushchairs
Pet Friendly
Download the circuit: JPG PDF PDF Roadmap

Explanatory stations have been placed along the path linking the different places constituting the trail of sensitive natural areas.

We start with the site of the old quarries where is valued what made the reputation of the town: its limestone, formerly called "choin". It was exploited until the middle of the 20th century.

The millstone quarry is the only quarry in the region to present all the extraction techniques (manual and mechanical) as well as the elements related to the exploitation (forge, powder cabin and marinière).

The path then allows you to discover the old forge, the slabs of the Octave plateau and the Orange quarry (just before the hamlet of Bouis).
These last two sites present traces of tanks which attest to the transport of the stone to the Rhône.

Along the way we learn to know better the life of the quarry workers, their work and the specificities of a generous and intelligent nature.
In the great calm of nature bugiste we contemplate centuries of history and mineral and green landscapes, despite everything.

Free activities are organized by the Conservatory of Rhônes-Alpes natural areas throughout the year.

Download the plan in PDF here

Download the booklet in PDF here

Find out more

Advice from the Office

Accessible by the ViaRhôna, cycle route along the banks of the Rhône. A small explanatory booklet can be downloaded free of charge from the website.

In case of rain

Do not panic ! Here are all our sheltered activities.

On the way back

To bring back a souvenir or something to treat yourself, stock up on local products from Pérouges in Bugey.








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