Lyon, France

Rhône River Run

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Running along the Rhône River is a classic European river run and one of the better, seamless spots to run in Lyon. The best running is along the east side of the river, where there are paths above the river and alongside it below the road. Starting at one of the central bridges, such as Pont Wilson, head south toward Parc Gerland/Confluence, or north toward Parc de la Tête d’Or. Total path distance is 8.6 km between Parc Gerland and Parc de la Tête d’Or. At Gerland, a nice additional section is to use the pedestrian bridge to the ‘Confluence’ — a historic spot where the Rhône  and the Sâone river meet (~ 1 km each way).

Add-On: Combine with the Sâone river paths, which in central Lyon are just 0.5 km west. Also additional paths in Parc de la Tête d’Or. Parc Gerland.

End of path at Confluence. Mark Lowenstein

Some key distances, from the Sports Complex/Gerland Park, heading north (km/mi):

Table with Distances
Essentials
  • 8.6 km (5.3 miles) one-way
  • 107 feet
  • South End: Gerland Park; North End: Parc de la Tête d'Or, or any point along the way
  • Good metro or tram access, most of the way

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Mark D Miller
7 months ago

A nice route! I combined this, the Saone Run, and Parc de la Tete d’Or into a nice, mostly level 10k. See comments and pics on the Parc run. Mark M, Charlotte, NC

Essentials
  • 8.6 km (5.3 miles) one-way
  • 107 feet
  • South End: Gerland Park; North End: Parc de la Tête d'Or, or any point along the way
  • Good metro or tram access, most of the way