Doux valley

Doux valley

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Get on board the Mastrou, a genuine steam train, and follow the Doux Valley uphill to Lamastre then, all the way back, downhill to Tournon-sur-Rhône.

7 points of interest

  • The château of arlebosc

    In the centre of the village you can see the old medieval château no doubt dating back to Xlllth century. Destroyed and in ruins it was rebuilt or made bigger several times and is a definite characteristic evidence of the past.
  • The châteaux of Romaneaux

    Close to the small village of Arlebosc this beautiful dwelling with its magnificent doors and windows, has everything to remind us of the great nobility of this region in the past.
  • Arlebosc

    Traces of the history of Arlebosc can be found in the legend of Saint Just the bishop of Lyon who converted the people of the town to Christianity in the lVth century. The village developed with fortified manor houses such as the Malgary, Romaneaux châteaus, not forgetting Chazotte château overlooking the railway line. It is even said that its shutters remained closed until the railway line reopened. Needless to say, the marquis of Arlebosc was also the town’s first mayor and to this day still shares his passion for his village. Come to Ardèche Hermitage tourist office and find the “hidden archives of Arlebosc” treasure map to take you on a journey through time and space discovering all there is to know about the history of this old priory.
  • The château of Chazotte

    Its oppressing building (XVllth century) overlooking the river Doux valley, towers to the east of the village of Arlebosc. It is characterized by 4 « culs de lampe » towers along with its highest, more recent tower on the west side.
  • The King's bridge

    The King’s bridge was listed amongst historical monuments in 1927. It crosses over the river Doux linking the two villages Boucieu le Roi and Colombier le Vieux. No doubt built during the XVth century, the bridge was part of the rapidly developing communication network in the North Vivarais area. It was partly rebuilt and an arch added in the XVlllth century. Where does its name come from ? The village of Boucieu le Roi had the privilege of being one of the courts of justice installed by Philippe le Bel at the end of the XVlllth century. At that time the kings of France seeked to establish their power in the provinces by forming alliances with the local lords. The village of Boucieu was founded and its inhabitants became exempt of taxes (except for the salt tax). Unfortunately it did not last for ever, a disappointment for people living there today.
  • The Doux Valley a taste of Ardèche

    The blue ribbon of the Doux Valley unfolds itself from the Rhône Valley to the high plateau of Saint Agrève revealing along the way three important themes divided between history, creativity and gastronomy. In Tournon sur Rhône you can almost smell the fragrance of southern France when you stroll through its picturesque narrow streets, visit its museum that seems to be standing on its own rock or discover the terraced vineyards where the legend of the well-known Côtes du Rhône Saint Joseph wine began. Lamastre, another town where you can find artist painters or sculptors going from land art to ceramics. Désaignes, classified « picturesque village » with its castle museum including the story of the Huguenots in its important menu of turbulent history during the Middle Ages. And for lovers of steam trains come and discover some spectacular landscapes aboard the Train de l’Ardèche travelling through the Doux Gorges.
  • Grand Pont

    The building of this majestic bridge called the « Grand Pont », began around year 1380. Its construction was by no means easy ; the scaffolding was regularly carried away by floods of the river Doux lower down which is one of the reasons why a semi-arched architecture was chosen. Classified amongst historical monuments in 1954 the bridge has become part of everyday life for the local people who show a certain devotion towards it.


Follow the directions to Saint-Félicien and stop at Arlebosc.

1. 12,4 km On leaving the village fork right signed up Boucieu-le-Roi.

2. 15,9 km Just before crossing the bridge of the river Doux, go straight on along the bottom valley road.

3. 21,5 km At the railway station turn left up towards the main road without crossing the river.

4. 21,9 km Follow the main road on the right side for a few kilometres.

5. 24,5 km Turn right onto the D534 towards Saint-Barthélémy-le-Plain.

6. 26.4 km As you enter Saint-Barthélémy-le-Plain, turn left onto the D238 towards Tournon-sur-Rhône

7. 31.7 km Cross the bridge over the Doux to find the station on the other side.

  • Departure : Lamastre – railway station
  • Arrival : Tournon-sur-Rhône - Grand Pont
  • Towns crossed : Lamastre, Arlebosc, Bozas, Colombier-le-Vieux, Saint-Barthélemy-le-Plain, Tournon-sur-Rhône, and Saint-Jean-de-Muzols

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