France, Drôme (26), parc naturel régional du Vercors, la forêt de Lente
France, Drôme (26), Drôme Provençale, Crest, la Tour de Crest
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Combe Laval road in Vercors. France.
Between gorges, cliffs and mystical forests
Strong sensations Guaranteed! Vercors is a fantastic playground for lovers of nature and the great outdoors. Its steep roads, carved into the mountainside, have forged its reputation as a “limestone fortress“. Combe Laval, Grand Goulets, Col de Rousset… These names sound out like a call to escape on your motorcycles. From narrow passes to dizzying gorges, this weekend trip takes you along the most beautiful roads of this timeless massif.
Mytriptailor Tip: This route takes in some narrow mountain roads. Be careful!
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The pilgrimage begins in Grenoble. A visit to the Museum of the Resistance and Deportation will teach you more about a city that was long spared repression, before being invaded by the Germans in 1943. The Resistance movements then organised would be heavily punished.
Next, head to the Vercors Plateau via Saint-Nizier-du-Moucherotte where a memorial and the National Necropolis of the Resistance can be found. Continue next to Val de Lans as far as Villard-de-Lans, where you will learn more about the “forgotten” of Vercors and the history of the parachutes that never came.
After descending Les Grands Goulets, you will cross Pont-en-Royans, whose suspended houses are stacked at the end of the Bourne Gorges. Next, head for the mountainside towards the Plateau of Presles before heading down into the Isère valley via the Gorges du Nan. You then head up to the Valley of Rencurel via the superb Ecouges Canyon. Turn left towards Méaudre and then Autrans, in an environment of almost Scandinavian scope. Last round of wheels to Lans-en-Vercors before joining Villard-de-Lans, for a lovely stopover in this family resort
This final stage brings you back towards the Provençal atmosphere of La Drôme. You will descend the entire Bourne Gorges before going back to the col de la Machine at the top of Combe Laval. You will then cross the beautiful Forest of Lente to reach the dizzying Col de la Bataille. Enjoy a break in Léoncel to visit the elegant Cistercian abbey before plunging south into the Vallée de la Gervanne, the southern jewel of Vercors. In Beaufort-sur-Gervanne, turn right towards Combovin via Col Cavalli, from where you can easily reach Valence for a final glimpse of Vercors.
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