The Dailley Gorge provides an extraordinary walk in a setting that is wild yet easily accessible.
It is famous for its unusual wedged rock (le rocher coincé). 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.
Route 1Go 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.
Route 2Go 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.
- Option of extending these two routes by doing the tour of the Van valley from Van d’en Bas. Allow 1 hour more.
- Option of taking the Van Valley bus for the outward or return journey and walking only the uphill part (Salvan-Les Granges-Van d'en Bas: 1h15) or the downhill part (Van d'en Bas-Les Granges-Salvan: 55 min.) through the gorge.
Usually open from May to October, subject to weather conditions.