The 8 most beautiful walks to do in the Drôme

Le Grand Pomerolle depuis l’auberge des Dauphins

We often think of the Drôme for its river, its lavender and its famous Clairette. But as well as being a gateway to Provence, it’s also the gateway to the most beautiful massifs of the Vercors and Baronnies. Let’s set off to discover the most beautiful trails in the Drôme!

The Drôme is generally associated with Montélimar nougat or Romans raviole, but the region is best known for its magnificent panoramas. The majestic Vercors, the Baronnies or the enchanting Saoû forest are real treasures for hikers. The Drôme also boasts some famous names for hikes, such as the 3 Becs and the Grand Veymont.

Like giants of nature, they’re not just seen as simple trails, but represent real cultural heritages for the region. So if you’re visiting the Drôme, take a stroll along these trails to discover all their nuances.

1. The 3 beaks

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  • Duration: approx. 4 hours
  • Distance: 10.6 km
  • Ascent: 930 m
  • Difficulty: Difficult
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The 3 Becs is a must-do if you’re ever in the Drôme. Rich in aerial panoramas, it offers a true 360° view of the region. A very popular trail, it will first take you up through the Saou forest before offering you an unobstructed view of the donkey meadow and the famous 3 Becs.

It’s worth noting that each beak consists of a pass offering a different, spectacular view of the Drôme and its surroundings. The ascent of the first beak (Mont Veyou) is the most difficult of the three. But once you’ve made it, you’ll have no trouble reaching Signal, the second beak, and Roche Courbe, the last beak, before starting the descent.

The hike is not technical, but the climbs are sometimes steep, requiring a certain physical effort. There are many steps along the way (especially at the beginning), but the sweat is well worth it, as the panoramas are grandiose. This hike is accessible to all, and is a great idea for a family outing.

The entire route is perfectly signposted, and a must-do hike also means a popular and well-trodden path. We therefore advise you to avoid the busiest times of the day to make the most of the spectacle.

2. Le Village Troglodytique du Barry

Le Village Troglodytique du Barry

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  • Duration: about 3h30
  • Distance: 12.4 km
  • Difference in altitude: 355 m
  • Difficulty: Medium
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For an out-of-the-ordinary hike, we suggest a family-friendly tour that takes in the troglodytic village of Le Barry. Not only is this ancient village one of the most beautiful in France, it’s also one of the most important.

You’ll start your hike in Saint Restitut, a veritable marvel in its own right. With its chapel, church and ramparts, the village is a treasure trove of history with a beauty befitting the most picturesque of places.

While most of the walk takes place in the undergrowth, it then leads to the unusual troglodyte village nestled into the hillside. Here, you’ll find remains dating from Celtic to Roman times. And as you continue on your way, you’ll be treated to a superb view of the Rhône valley.

This easy, accessible hike in the Drôme will take you on a voyage of discovery of various unusual historical monuments. If you’re not familiar with this trail, you’ll want to take a trip back in time.

3. Le Grand Veymont

Le Grand Veymont

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  • Duration: approx. 8 hours
  • Distance: 19.3 km
  • Ascent: 1,037 m
  • Difficulty: Difficult
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If there’s one hike you need to know about in the Vercors, it’s the Grand Veymont. This famous trail offers breathtaking views of the Vercors massif and Mont Aiguille.

The setting is truly sensational, with a 360° panorama from the high plateaus of the Vercors to the Trois Becs in the Drôme. In the background, you can watch a new spectacle with a view of the Écrins massif and the Belledonne range.

But beyond the panoramic views, you may also be lucky enough to witness the life of the massif’s inhabitants: marmots and ibex have made this mountain their permanent home. Culminating at 2,341 meters above sea level, Grand Veymont dominates much of the Vercors and is the ideal place to spot vultures.

The greatest difficulty of the ascent lies in its length, and while the trail itself presents no technical difficulties, with an 8-hour hike, you’ll need to get an early start!

However, you can split the route in two by bivouacking on site. We don’t recommend pitching a tent on the Grand Veymont, which is too exposed to the wind, but the Pas des Bachassons is a magical experience. For a hike that rhymes with adventure and breathlessness, don’t hesitate for a second to take on the Grand Veymont.

4. Canyon des Gueulards

  • Duration: approx. 2h30
  • Distance: 8.7 km
  • Height difference: 507 m
  • Difficulty: Medium
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For a refreshing break, head for the Canyon des Gueulards. With its atypical trail, narrow cliffs and imposing canyon, this hike will give you a complete change of scenery.

A large part of the walk takes place in the cool shade of the undergrowth, ending just a stone’s throw from the river. Although the climb up to the Chaffal is steep, the reward is a superb view. At the start of the Canyon, you’ll also find a magnificent collection of mini cairns.

This is the region’s easiest, most original and atypical hike, fun for adults, teenagers and children alike. Be careful, however, not to venture out on the trail in wet weather. The area is damp and has slippery areas, so we advise you to ditch your flip-flops for a good pair of walking shoes.

5. Tête de Chevalière via the Combeau valley

Tête de Chevalière via le vallon de Combeau

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  • Duration: about 3h30
  • Distance: 11.1 km
  • Difference in altitude: 508 m
  • Difficulty: Medium
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The Tête Chevalière via the Vallon de Combeau is the most popular hike on the Vercors High Plateaux if you want to discover high-mountain scenery without having to climb too much.

Between the departments of Drôme and Isère, the route starts in the Combeau valley. A little corner of paradise and gateway to the high plateaux of the Vercors, this first stage offers a sublime panorama, more than promising for what’s to come.

The trail then takes in the Pas de l’Essaure before reaching the tête Chevalière at an altitude of 1,915 metres. The finish is breathtaking, above the clouds, with a superb panorama of Mont Aiguille, the Trièves valley and the rest of the Vercors.

It’s not a long hike – three or four hours in green surroundings, and you may even spot ibex crossing the mountain.

Accessible to all, each section of the hike is an opportunity for contemplation. You can choose to do the whole loop, or stop beforehand to visit the surrounding villages.

6. Piegon and the hamlet of the Giants

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  • Running time: approx. 4 hours 20 minutes
  • Distance: 10.5 km
  • Height difference: 468 m
  • Difficulty: Medium
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A sumptuous and unusual hike in the heart of the wild Baronnies mountains: Piegon and the hamlet of Géants. With panoramic views of Mont Ventoux and the region’s historic heritage, this hike is a superb discovery if you’re just passing through the Drôme.

This magnificent walk, accessible to young and old alike, alternates between vineyards and undergrowth, and offers superb views of the surrounding villages. Just imagine a hamlet of giants in the middle of the Baronnies mountains. Legend or reality?

However, larger-than-average skeletons have been found in the very crypt of La Chapelle that you are about to visit… It’s worth the detour!

7. The Grand Pomerolle from the Auberge des Dauphins

Le Grand Pomerolle depuis l’auberge des Dauphins

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  • Duration: about 5 hours
  • Distance: 12.7 km
  • Difference in altitude: 704 m
  • Difficulty: Difficult
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In the heart of the emblematic Saou forest, discover a magnificent hike in the Drôme from the former Auberge des Dauphins. The trail starts at Petit Pomerolle and offers superb views over the valley.

Much of the ascent takes place in the heart of the Saoû forest, ideal for keeping cool in summer. The view opens up at around 800 m, and then comes the long-awaited panorama of Saoû and Roche Colombe.

Once you’ve completed this first section, you’re on your way to the Grand Pomerolle, and things begin in earnest. The gradient can be quite steep in places.

But once you’ve reached the top, the effort is quickly forgotten by the plunging view over the 3 Becs. Sporty but dazzling, the Grand Pomerolle is the ideal way to discover the Saoû forest and the magnificent Drôme countryside.

8. Le Rocher Julien

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  • Duration: approx. 2 hours
  • Distance: 7.6 km
  • Height difference: 467 m
  • Difficulty: Medium
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For its diversity of landscapes, the hike from Rocher de Julien to Buis-les-Baronnies represents a magnificent overview of the Drôme Provençale.

Surrounded by vineyards, village and mountains, the route takes you around this famous climbing site, while offering the most beautiful panoramas of the Baronnies and Mont Ventoux. Young and old alike will appreciate the beauty of this place, popular with locals but little known to tourists.