Tour du Pays de Saint Félicien - Stage 1 : Bozas - Corsas ( 2-day alternative)

Tour du Pays de Saint Félicien - Stage 1 : Bozas - Corsas ( 2-day alternative)

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Starting from Bozas the walk goes from the Doux Valley to the Daronne Valley via the Bois Madame before climbing uphill towards the village of Montplot then downhill to Corsas via Saint Victor. the Col du Marchand.

3 points of interest

  • Roman way of Malaurier

    A stone-paved path out in the countryside…. Quite intriguing and it makes us wonder if these paving stones have experienced the walking steps of “caligae” (Roman legionnaires’ sandals) Rather difficult nowadays to confirm if that was the case. However, the oppidum above the village of St Symphorien de Mahun and the Roman bridge ruins in Boucieu le Roi and in Tournon sur Rhône make it quite possible for it to have been a communication route across the plains of Ardèche. At that time roads were built on the smoothest terrain to make travelling easier. An example of this is the route going from Lamastre to annonay. If you close your eyes you can hear Gauls singing in the distance and you might even find some mistletoe to add to your magic potion. Luckily we are aware today that the berries are poisonous !
  • Saint Félicien and its church

    Written records about the village of St Félicien were discovered as from the Xth century. Monks from St Barnard’s collegiate (Romans sur Isère) came here to build a priory. The village developed round the chapel of the priory that then became the parish church. Push the door to discover its interior. The choir is a good example of early Roman art of the Xlth century. The low southern side was partly destroyed and rebuilt towards the end of the Middle Ages. The style is more sober with broken bows.
  • Panorama

    Viewing point

    Splendid views of the Doux and Daronne Valleys from here


The walk starts at the « Info rando » information board in front of the château.

1 – Bozas – 530m Follow Malaurier 2km Saint Félicien 6.3km
 Go down the small road to the junction in the same direction. Continue down and along the pond before heading uphill again. Go past the crossroads le Murier then leave the road turning left onto an ascending path. At the top of the path go through a cherry orchard then enter the wood going down to Malaurier.

2 – Malaurier – 520m – Follow Saint Félicien 4.3km
Turn right onto the small road going downhill. Take the path on the left and pass the farm Perdriolle. Continue downwards through the orchard and turn right onto the small lane in front of the building Jacquillon heading towards the D234 main road. Continue left towards Pierrageay.

3 – Pierrageay – 405m Follow Moulin des Gaillards 3.6km Saint Félicien 6.4km
Continue along the D234 then turn left onto the small road going uphill. On the bend bear right and go to the end of the road in Raillon.

4 – Raillon Follow Moulin des Gaillards 1.2km Saint Félicien 4.4km
At the entrance to the village, turn left onto the path leading down to the river. Cross the suspended footbridge then go uphill on the windy path. Further up turn left onto a wider path climbing up to a small road. Turn right then right again onto the main road. Continue ahead past the tennis court. At the crossroads below the village hall continue opposite and cross through the park.
5 – The Park – 547m Follow Saint Félicien
Turn right towards the village and go as far as place de la Mairie in front of the tourist office

6 – Saint Félicien – 535m Follow Le Balayn 3.7km Saint victor 9.1km
Follow the signs for the hospital and go down the road then the walled path. Cross the stream on the pretty bridge and turn left. Further on, climb the small lane until you reach the main road. Turn right and continue on the road for 100m (careful!) then go down the small road on the right. Just before the fork of Douny bear left onto a wooded path and continue until you reach Montpeyroux.

7 – Montpeyroux – 739m Follow Saint Victor 5.4km
Join the main road then cross over and head towards Maisonneuve. Before arriving in the hamlet take a path on the left. Go straight on to maisons du Vernet. Then turn right onto a small walled path and enter the wood.

8 – Les Brudonnes – 739m Follow Saint Victor 2.9km
Continue downhill on the small road zigzagging between terraced fields. Turn left at the fork up towards les Bauds.

9 – Les Bauds – 692m Follow Saint Victor 1.7km
Go down the path and turn left onto the road.

10 – Chemin de Croix – 630m Follow Saint Victor 330m Head for Saint Victor.

11 – Saint Victor 610m Follow Deyras 4.9km Etables 5km
Follow the GR42 and leave the village past the cemetery. At the Croix des Rameaux follow the path on the left to the road at Le Besset. Follow this road. At the fork bear left. Pass La Thulière then go straight on. On the right a small path uphill goes into the wood.

12 – Laumache – 526m Follow Etables 3km
Turn right onto the small road to Corsas.
  • Departure : Bozas - Church square
  • Arrival : Saint-Victor - Château de Corsas
  • Towns crossed : Bozas, Saint-Félicien, and Saint-Victor

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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 N° 7 Annonay - Saint Félicien - Lamastre. Bus stop Bozas Croix des champs

Access and parking

Leave Saint Félicien on the D234 then head towards Lamastre on the D278 then towards the village of Bozas on the D272a

Parking :

Church square

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