The sandy hills

The sandy hills

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A very beautiful trail around the area of Herbasse with a dramatic change in scenery : rough and sandy along with a more mediterranean vegetation. .

2 points of interest

  • Flora

    Sizay woodland

    The communal hardwood forest of Saint Donat covers 120 hectares. Several walking trails, a car park with information boards at its southern entrance along with it being only 10km from the nearest town, all make it a popular place for a day out.


1 - Pont de Chabran - 200 m
Start the trail along the wide gravel track.

2 - Les Bâties - 226 m
At the following junction turn right onto the path.

3 - Balayer - 330 m
Heads towards Combe du Frêne.

4 - Combe du Frêne - 300 m
Turn left here.

5 - Combe du Loup
Head down an exciting section at this point.

6 - Combe Oternaud - 255 m
Head towards Bois de Sizay.

7 - Bois de Sizay - 270 m
Cross the road onto the path opposite going uphill; strenuous but thrilling at the same time.

8 - Combe de Sizay

9 - Le Nordmann

10 - Gros Chêne - 345 m

Turn right.

11 - Champ Guinot - 345 m
Head opposite up a pretty tough and technical section.

12 - Le Laca
Head north then take the path on the left leading to Ratières. In Ratières take the road on the right signed up Saint Avit then the path on the left going downhill. Continue ahead for about 2km on this wide track, sometimes gritty depending on the time of year, until you reach the road. Turn left up the path going into the woods and continue to Saint Andéol. When you reach the priory go onto the path going downhill to the right. At the bottom, take the sandy path heading up the road. Turn left onto a path going uphill. The first part is quite steep through woodland going down to fruit fields. Continue ahead to the junction. Take the path going downhill. At the bottom come out onto the main road and turn left which will take you back to 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, Ratières, Bathernay, and Bren

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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 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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