Around l'Herbasse

Around l'Herbasse

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This very pleasant trail is fine for good beginners. However a few sections are rather technical. After the first uphill incline the track goes through woodland and then onto the first downhill slope. When you get to the bottom a succession of bends make it quite amusing. After the stock car circuit a fast and interesting path takes you up to the top of the hill then along the hillside. After the village, the return journey is a succession of wide paths back to Saint Donat.

1 point of interest

  • The feudal château of Charmes

    In its strategic position overlooking the valley of Herbasse, the château de Charmes was built by the Lords of Nerpol whose arms can still be seen to this day on the southern side. With its 2-metre thick walls, sunken several metres into the ground, the structure has hardly been altered since Xlth century. In the XVth century Imbert de Bathernay became the friend and advisor to the dauphin, the future Louis Xl. In the beginning he was his faithful hunting companion and over the years became one of the king’s most important advisors. A crafty and unscrupulous man, he was at the heart of several royal intrigues for which he was rewarded with lots of land and castles making him a man of great fortune.


1 - Pont de Chabran - 220 m
Leave the car park on the gravel path.

2 - Les Bâties - 226 m
Go uphill then turn right. Once back on the road continue ahead to Balayer.

3 - Balayer - 330 m
Turn right.

4 - Les Pinates - 336 m
Turn left and about 500m further on, take the wide track on the left then turn right heading towards the crossroads Bois de Bard.

5 - Bois de Bard - 390 m
Carry on along the path to the right then begin to head downhill towards a wider path taking you to a farm.

6 - Biquet - 260 m
Turn left then cross the D121 onto a wide track facing you : Careful traffic ! Go round the stock car track and up into the woods. Once at the top turn right and go along the field then along the hillside until you reach the road. Turn right onto the road going round the château. At the first houses take the small path starting from the bend. Go onto the road to the right and continue ahead until you reach the D67. Turn right and head towards the village : Careful traffic ! 150m after the roundabout turn left and go through a housing estate then continue ahead on the path. Turn right between fields then right again onto the path. Take the D121 to the left : Careful traffic ! Just after the bridge take the wide path on the right as far as the road. Turn right onto the road and continue for about 900m. Turn right onto the wide path. When you get to the cabin turn right and head to the road. Turn right onto the D53 heading for Saint Donat : Careful traffic ! At the roundabout turn right onto the D67 going up towards Lake Champos : Careful traffic ! Return to the car park at Pont de Chabran
  • Departure : Saint Donat sur l'Herbasse - Pont de Chabran (2km away on the D67)
  • Arrival : Saint Donat sur l'Herbasse - Pont de Chabran (2km away on the D67)
  • Towns crossed : Saint-Donat-sur-l'Herbasse, Charmes-sur-l'Herbasse, and Margès

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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° 8 Valence - Saint Donat sur l'Herbasse

Access and parking

Follow the D532 from Tain l'Hermitage heading towards Romans sur Isère then the D67 as far as Saint Donat sur l'Herbasse.

Parking :

Pont de Chabran (2km from Saint Donat on the D67)


Emergency number :114

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