Cascade de Glandieu

Ain, Rhone-Alpes, France

Rating: 3     Difficulty: 1
Cascade de Glandieu

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INTRODUCTION

Cascade de Glandieu was probably one of Julie's favorite waterfalls in France. That was because it had what she likes to call "character."

What she means by "character" is that the waterfall had more going for it than just the falling water itself. In the case of this waterfall, its underlying cliff had both texture and color giving the falls a very different appearance than most of the other French waterfalls that we had encountered. Of course the fact that it was both wide and tall (said to be 60m in height) also further added to its scenic allure.

We happened to arrive when the weather started to turn from rainy and overcast to partly cloudy with the sun just starting to break through. As a result, the color on the algae-laced walls of the falls was really amplified whenever the sun's rays struck. Then again, we were able to be patient with this waterfall because it was roadside.

Cascade de Glandieu literally sat near the center of the seemingly quiet and sleepy town of Glandieu, which was near Saint-Benoît and Bugey. The town itself belonged to the department of Ain in the Rhône-Alpes region of Eastern France.

While we were taking our time enjoying the waterfall, we noticed that on behind us on the opposite side of the viewing area, there was a large billboard or collage mounted on the wall of an old-looking building. It seemed like the collage was touting the various aspects of the region or department.




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PHOTO JOURNAL

Cascade de Glandieu was not far to the east of the city of Lyon, which was our secondary base for many of the Southern France waterfalling excursions that we didCascade de Glandieu was not far to the east of the city of Lyon, which was our secondary base for many of the Southern France waterfalling excursions that we did
Right after visiting Cascade de Glandieu, Julie and I then headed over to the beautiful Annecy, which was our base for visiting waterfalls around its lakeRight after visiting Cascade de Glandieu, Julie and I then headed over to the beautiful Annecy, which was our base for visiting waterfalls around its lake
Although geographically-speaking, Paris is not close to Lyon, it was merely a 3-hour bullet-train ride between the two cities making them seem even closer and accessible than the maps would suggestAlthough geographically-speaking, Paris is not close to Lyon, it was merely a 3-hour bullet-train ride between the two cities making them seem even closer and accessible than the maps would suggest
The waterfall and collageThe waterfall and collage

Looking towards the center of townLooking towards the center of town

First look at the waterfall when we were trying to avoid having people in our photosFirst look at the waterfall when we were trying to avoid having people in our photos

A more desirable view of the falls after the people had leftA more desirable view of the falls after the people had left

Doing a double-take on the Cascade de Glandieu after the sun came outDoing a double-take on the Cascade de Glandieu after the sun came out


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS


Left to right sweep starting with the car park and wall then ending with a bottom up sweep of the falls itself


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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

There are many ways to reach Glandieu, but we'll focus on what we think is the most straightforward route to and from the Cascade de Glandieu from the autoroute A43 east of Lyon.

We reached this waterfall by leaving the autoroute A43 heading east towards Chambery at exit 10 (I believe) about 70km east of Lyon. This exit curled back to a roundabout providing access to both the D82N as well as the D592. We'd take the first exit of this roundabout to go north on the D592 then follow this road for the next 7kkm before this road junctioned with D19. We turned left to go onto the D19 and followed it to a signposted local road leading to Glandieu. Once in the town, the D19 intersected with the Rue de la Cascade, which we turned right onto and followed it right to the waterfall. Overall, this 87km drive would take a little over an hour.

For additional context, Glandieu was 80km (90 minutes drive) southwest of Annecy and 92km (90 minutes drive) north of Grenoble.




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ITINERARIES

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MAP OF THE FALLS



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TRIP REPORTS

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TRIP PLANNING RESOURCES




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