An easy route, accessible to mountain bikers, all-terrain bikers and hikers, that takes you along dirt tracks and little tarmacked roads. Lovely views over the countryside and surrounding mountains. 14 km.
Remarkable views over La Lance, Mont Ventoux, Grignan Castle and the Chamaret Tower.
Point of departure and return: Place de la Bourgade, in the village of Grillon.
Starting in Place de la Bourgade, take the road towards Valréas. At the first crossroads, head towards Alençon for 0.3 km. Notice the beautiful cross on the Calvary on the right. Then turn right towards La Calamande. At the crossroads of Chemin du Garrigon and Chemin de l'Excavateur, go straight down Chemin de l'Excavateur right to the end, then turn left towards Les Granges. From there, the little asphalted road runs between crop fields, vineyards, lavender fields and truffle oak woods. Pretty panoramas over the mountains of La Lance, Garde Grosse, and Ventoux. Turn around and you get a view of the Tour de Chamaret and the upper part of Grillon village (Le Vialle). A little further on, at the crossroads, turn left towards La Font de I'Orme. To the left you pass the charming Provençal farm La Petite Grange, and after a little while you see Grillon with Grignan Castle in the distance. As you look at La Lance mountain, you can see the 3 Becs mountain to its left, in the distance. Go through the hamlet of La Grand Grange and keep going to the next crossroads. Then take the tarmacked road to the left. As you come up to the Bonnette farm, you get a nice view of Valréas, the Tour Ripert and Notre-Dame de Nazareth church. On your left, there’s a small hut in the middle of a cypress hedge. Watch out for traffic at the next crossroads. Go straight on to the big roundabout, which you will go straight across in the direction of Montmartel Sud, and then continue towards Montmartel Nord. Pass the electrical distribution station, then turn left onto Chemin de Reverchon, towards Les Senières. Before the stone house on your right, take the dirt track to the right. Stay on this until you reach a place where several paths cross between the vineyards, and take the one that goes to the left and towards the hill. A good climb beneath the pretty farm of Reverchon, which is high up on your right. Cross the asphalted road and take the dirt road that climbs in front of you. This path leads to a plateau between vineyards and lavender fields. At the end of the lavender field, do not continue on the path straight ahead that borders the vineyards, but make sure you turn right between the vineyards and the lavender (the path no longer exists). You then find yourself between 2 lavender fields. At the end, follow the edge of the one on the left (here, again, the path no longer exists) and do not continue on the path that goes into the wood. Towards the middle of the lavender field, take the path on the right into the oak woods. At the crossing, take the path that descends on the right into the woods and then into the vineyards. At the tarred road (with a henhouse in front of you), turn right and carry on until you get to “les Serrières” crossing, then turn left towards Loisonville. The path runs along the edge of a wood and turns into a paved road. At the first crossroads, turn left onto the D64 then a little further along at the “Loisonville” crossroads, take the left road that climbs towards La Croix du Dogue in a straight line, then after the descent (crossroads), turn right towards the village. At the “la Croix du Dogue” crossroads, turn right onto the small road that runs parallel to the main Montélimar road (take care, there’s a lot of traffic). At the crossroads, take the road opposite that goes into the village, running along the factory. You return to the village through the very pretty Place du Centenaire with its fountain.