- by Marie-Hélène
This hiking trail near Romans-sur-Isère is a very enjoyable one for experienced walkers. The trail will take you through the undergrowth and offers a superb view across the Isère Valley. If you go early in the morning, it's the perfect opportunity to see the mountains reflecting the first rays of the sun as it rises!
I often go hiking in this region and this trail is one of my favourites. It's possible to go in the spring, summer or autumn. Depending on the period of the year, the colours, light and vegetation vary. You'll discover something new each time!My greatest memory is when I did this hike with a group of friends. I remember it so well, it was a beautiful sunny day in March. One of those superb spring days that makes you want to go for a walk after a long winter! The departure point for this walk is in the hamlet of Saint Martin d’Hostun, 15 kilometres from Romans-sur-Isère, between Le Royans and the Valentinoise plain. It is easy to find the car park, just follow the signs when you enter the hamlet.
And off we go on a 10-kilometre walk for around 4 hours. The footpath is often wide and shaded so we can have a chat along the way. We still have to remember to look around us and admire the wide variety of plants in the forest and the wetlands of Laya ravine.
Then we leave the undergrowth and there's a section along the ridge. From here we have a magnificent view over the Romans plain, Le Royans and Drômedes Collines. Then we stop off and enjoy a break for our picnic, sheltered from the wind and in a sun-drenched spot. We head back down with a smile on our faces. Back in Saint Martin d’Hostun, we realise that we still have time to enjoy the rest of this sunny afternoon. It's the perfect opportunity to visit the Roman Chapel with its choir dating back to the 13th century. The church has been restored on many occasions. In the 18th and 19th centuries, side chapels, a side aisle and a small independent chapel were all added to the construction. This church was added to the supplementary list of Historic Monuments in 1978.
We end the day in a very pleasant and convivial way, enjoying a cold drink at the café restaurant in the village square, to really round off our adventure perfectly.
If you enjoy walking in the countryside, this hiking trail near Romans-sur-Isère is a must while you're in the area.