River Herbasse and its tributaries

River Herbasse and its tributaries

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The secret villages are worth discovering as you wander along the beautiful roads in hilly Drôme. Complete the picture at Champos Lake in St-Donat for a refreshing and relaxing stop.

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.


Go to Bathernay.
1. 4,3 km
In the village turn right onto the D584 “route d’Hauterives”.

2. 6,8 km
Follow the sign Montchenu to the village.

3. 10,1 km
Go through the village and turn right onto “route du grand chemin” signed up La Bomme.

4. 10,9 km
On the right “chemin Saint-Michel” (ignore “l’impasse des galets”).

5. 12,5 km
Turn left onto “route des Ferlets”.

6. 14,1 km
Turn right “route de St-Mury”.

7. 15,2 km
Turn right “route du château”.

8. 17,9 km
Turn left after the 2nd hairpin bend “rue des Grandvers”.

9. 18,4 km
At the roundabout turn left onto the D67 signed up Crépol.

10. 20,3 km
Turn left onto the D538 signed up Beaurepaire.

11. 22,7 km
Turn right onto the “route de la Limone”.

12. 23,1 km
Turn right onto “chemin de Mathurin”.

13. 23,7 km
Do not turn right onto “chemin de Saint-Mury”.

14. 24,1 km
Turn right onto “route de Bourdogne”.

15. 25,4 km
Turn right onto the main road.

16. 26,4 km
Turn left and continue to Margès.

17. 28,2 km
On entering Margès follow signs for St-Donat.

18. 33,5 km
Before entering the town turn right onto the D67 to Charmes.
  • Departure : Charmes sur l’Herbasse – Centre of the village
  • Arrival : Charmes sur l’Herbasse – Centre of the village
  • Towns crossed : Charmes-sur-l'Herbasse, Bathernay, Montchenu, Margès, and Saint-Donat-sur-l'Herbasse

Altimetric profile

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

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Parking :

Centre of the village

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