On the eastern face of Vercors mountain range, nature reigns supreme with majestic landscapes, access to the Hauts-Plateaux nature reserve, an astronomical observatory, and a fiery fountain.
From Saint-Barthélémy take the D8B towards Prélenfrey.
Continue towards the Col de l'Arzelier, then head for Saint-Andéol via Château Bernard.
Take the RD 242 along the foothills of the Vercors range towards Gresse-en-Vercors.
Pont de la Fruitière turn left onto the D8A then the RD8 to Saint-Guillaume.
At the intersection between the D242 and the D8, turn right onto the D8 to return to Saint-Barthélémy via Miribel-Lanchâtre.
On one side the route is overlooked by the vertiginous limestone cliffs of the Vercors mountains, and on the other by the Belledonne range, the Grand Serre, the Sénépy, the Barre des Écrins and the Dévoluy which streak across the horizon.
From 01/04 to 31/10.
Subject to favorable weather.
Farm flavours: Nathalie and Dominique open the doors of their farm, Le Chemin des Saisons in Gresse-en-Vercors, to visitors. They sell a wide range of their produce: eggs, sheep-farming products and products from the garden. Favourites include 1,001 flavours of cordials (nettle, mint, lemon balm and meadowsweet to name a few), jams, herbal teas, aromatic plants, aromatic oils (chive, basil, coriander and more), bear garlic and chive pesto. In summer, vegetables from the garden are on sale every Saturday from 10am to 12pm. Nathalie also gives workshops about cooking with wild plants and flowers.
Other options: hire the donkeys Matchou and Pitchou for 30 minutes, an hour or even more. Go camping for a few days with Dominique who is also a mountain guide. Finally, visit the farm on Tuesday and Thursday evenings to discover mountain farm life. And if you'd like to stay on and live the life, the farm has two self-catering cottages. Le Chemin des Seasons. Le Serre Monet - 38650 Gresse-en-Vercors. Tel. +33 (0)4 76 34 93 20.