Via the Red and Blue Crosses

Via the Red and Blue Crosses

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3 points of interest

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    The fountain of Saint Laurent

    A spring was available for the village’s inhabitants to use on the east side of the village. Its name comes from the patron of the parish council. According to the legend this spring would have vertues for healing eye and skin ailments.
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    Clever planning

    The village of Bren has a very important water supply network. Horizontal wells were established in 1840 collecting water from the surface of the water table and directing it to different reservoirs, wells, fountains and water distributors used by farmers as well the domestic home.
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    Water in la Drôme des Collines

    The Drôme des Collines (hilly Drôme)is a region full of streams and rivers : Rhône, Isère, Galaure, Veuze, Joyeuse, Savasse, Chalon, Herbasse, Veaune... Very soon planning and construction was necessary in order to use them for the irrigation of land, industrial activities and small businesses not forgetting domestic use.


Starting from the village square, head for the slightly uphill street opposite the townhall. Follow the road for 1km

1 - Combe de Chaloray - 277 m Turn right onto the road going uphill for 200m then, keeping to the left, go past the stone farmhouse. Continue on the grass track then turn right and go uphill on the path going between oak trees. When you come out of the wood go past a building to reach the track going up on the right. Follow the path for 300m then turn left.

2 - Combe de Pélorset - 345 m Go uphill towards la croix bleue. When you get to the cross, carry on left up to the farm. From here there is a beautiful panorama of the Vercors mountain range. Round the back of the farm take the path leading straight up into the woods la Garde. Continue ahead on the path for about 600m until you reach the junction. Turn right onto the downhill path. Follow the main path until you reach the bottom of the dell then go onto the sandy track taking you to the crossroads.

3 - Les Verrières - 250 m At the big post go left uphill towards chemin de Saint Andéol. Go along the track for about 1km then go round the field (on your left). Pass close to a big stone house and carry on along the main path to the road. Continue ahead for about 300m until you see a big oak tree on your left. At this point leave the road for a grass path going up on your left. Continue to the red cross. To the right at the back of the cross go down the path through woodland. Once at the bottom (about 800m further down) you come onto the chemin de Saint Andéol.

4 - Chemin de Saint Andéol - 277 m Turn left and go 200m to reach the Combe de Chaloray.

1 - Combe de Chaloray - 277 m Turn right and retrace your steps back to the village.
  • Departure : Bren - In front of the townhall
  • Arrival : Bren - In front of the townhall
  • Towns crossed : Bren and Saint-Donat-sur-l'Herbasse

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Information desks

6, place du 8 mai 1945 - BP 70019, 26601 Tain l'Hermitage

http://www.ardeche-hermitage.cominfo@ah-tourisme.com04 75 06 06 12


Bus route N°9 Romans sur Isère - Saint Donat sur l'Herbasse - Saint Vallier

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Follow the D112 from Saint Donat sur l'Herbasse to Bren.

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