The ruines du château féodal
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The ruines du château féodal

The ruines du château féodal

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This short but pleasant stroll takes you to discover the ruins of the feudal castle of Rochechinard. From the Château, a magnificent panorama over the whole valley of the Royans is offered to you.
In a few kilometers, part of which is undergrowth, imagine for a moment in the Middle Ages, when the castle now in ruins defended the entrance of the Royans!

1 point of interest

  • The castle of Rochechinard

    The ruins of the castle stand on a rocky platform remaining partially visible despite the vegetation that densifies over the years. In 1340, Rochechinard was sold to Aymard 1er Allemand de Beauvoir. It was probably between 1420 and 1482 that the great majority of buildings were built. Its function was essentially to defend the access roads of the Royans. In 1547, the Allemand family ceded its fief of Rochechinard to the master of the Mint of Romans, Claude Mosnier. During the wars of religion, this one is distinguished by making its castle an islet of catholic resistance. In the course of the seventeenth century, the castle is no longer inhabited and degrades gradually. Nowadays, the ruins of the castle are not visitable, as it is a private property.


Departure from Rochechinard (parking du musée du Royans), direction Le Château 3. Take the path that also serves as a support for the route of the Grand Tour du Vercors à pied through Roches Corbières 1 then Les Cartelats 2. At the ruins of the castle, after admiring the view over the valley, continue towards Rochechinard museum by a nice little path through the boxwoods to join Les Côtes 4. The Grand Tour du Vercors à pied continues north towards Saint-Nazaire-en-Royans, while the GR of Pays des Monts du Matin arrives from the same village. From there, go down to Bois Savoyard 5 to return to the museum car park, starting point of the walk.
  • Departure : Rochechinard (museum of the Royans)
  • Arrival : Rochechinard (museum of the Royans)
  • Towns crossed : Rochechinard



Use the passageways to cross the fences, close the gates and barriers, stay on the marked paths.

Stay on the marked paths is also respect private property.

Information desks

13 Place de l'Eglise, 26190 Saint-Jean-en-Royans 75 48 61 39

Parvis de l'Aqueduc, 26190 Saint-Nazaire-en-Royans 75 48 49 80

Access and parking

From Saint-Nazaire-en-Royans, follow the D209 towards Rochechinard, park in the parking du Musée du Royans.

Parking :

Parking of the museum of the Royans

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