Le Scialet de Malaterre

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Location: In the Loubière forest above Villard de Lans. From the "maison forestière" in Malaterre follow the road of the same name for 500 m.
Open: No restrictions.
Fee: free.
Classification: SpeleologyKarst Cave
Light: n/a
Guided tours:
Address: Office de Tourisme Villard de Lans, Tel: +33-476-951038, Fax: +33-476-959839. E-mail: contact
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The Scialet de Malaterre is a cave with a daylight shaft as entrance. The shaft is 120 m deep and has a sloping ledge at 52 m. It is not possible to enter the cave without climbing gear, and the impressive shaft requires physical fitness and a lot of caving experience.

A visit is also worthwhile for normal tourists, as the cave is developed with a 10 m long iron bridge across the opening. This allows visitor to cross the shaft and look down. The access to the bridge is not restricted and free. It is a popular spot for walkers and mountain bikers.