Itinerary

Dailley gorge

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Itinerary

The Dailley Gorge provides an extraordinary walk in a setting that is wild yet easily accessible.

The route through the gorge, which has been superbly renovated, passes through magnificent pine forests and takes you from Les Granges to Van d'en Bas using features that require a degree of daring, such as footbridges, tunnels and steep flights of steps.

The view is breathtaking! The Salanfe river plunges down the steep gorge in stages from one level to another and, in the distance, the snowy peaks of the Alps rise above the gentle haze in the Rhône Valley. A delight for all romantics. On the hottest days of summer, the coolness of the gorge is particularly welcome.

In these gorges, the perpetual work of the water that shapes the rocks, the freshness and a climate reminiscent of the Mediterranean with its Scots pines will leave a long-lasting impression. It is famous for its unusual wedged rock (le rocher coincé). 

Routes

Route 1 🕗 2h10 / ↗ 380m   / ↘ 380m

Go through Les Granges, passing in front of the Hôtel Balance, and take the track waymarked with tree species, which is level until you reach the hut belonging to the Amis du Dailley. From there, follow the signs marked "la cascade", cross the bridge and walk uphill along the gorge to Van d’en Bas (meals and refreshments available at the Auberge du Vallon de Van). Return to Les Granges via the Col de la Matze. 

Alternative through the glacial potholes (marmites glaciaires) 🕗 3h00

Go through Les Granges, passing in front of the Chez le Tchoum B&B and the dairy belonging to the Gay family, following the signs for the glacial potholes (marmites glaciaires) and then the Dailley gorge, stopping at the Amis du Dailley hut to admire the waterfall before continuing as for Route 1, walking up the gorge.

Alternatives

  • Option of extending these two routes by going round the Van Valley from Van d’en Bas. Allow 1h30 extra.
  • Option of taking the Van Valley bus for the outward or return journey: 
    • walking the uphill part of the Gorges: Salvan-Les Granges-Van d'en Bas 🕗 1h15
    • walking the downhill part of the Gorges: Van d'en Bas-Les Granges-Salvan 🕗 55 min.
 

Hours

Closed on 1 November 2020

Usually open from May to October, subject to weather conditions..

Characteristics

    • Duration 2h10min
    • Distance 5.4 km
    • Positive elevation 380 m
    • Negative elevation 380 m
    • Highest point 1'370 m

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