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Unveil the Charms Around Les Cordeliers in Pierre-Chatel

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Nestled in the heart of Isère, in the Rhône-Alpes region, Pierre-Chatel offers a plethora of activities and attractions to discover around Les Cordeliers. Nature enthusiasts will delight in the stunning landscapes of Lac de Pierre-Châtel, perfect for swimming, paddle boarding, or a relaxing family stroll. For hiking lovers, the majestic Mont Aiguille and the Parc Naturel Régional du Vercors are to...See more

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La Pierre Merlière
2.9 km

La Pierre Merlière

From La Motte d'Aveillans, this short hike towards Pierre Merlière, a local legend, can be supplemented by a visit to La Mine Image museum. From the car park, head towards the Mine-Image museum, pass in front of a fountain, then the mine baths. Continue on rue d'Aveillans until the stop sign. Turn right into rue du Mas to arrive at rue de pierre Merlière. Cross the hamlet of Mas. Leave the path going up to the left at the first sign "Le Mas". Continue until you reach a small square which will lead to the second sign "Le Mas". Take the path straight ahead which climbs through the undergrowth towards "La Pierre Merlière" which is reached fairly quickly. Continue on a steep path until the sign "Le Rattier". Turn left towards "Côte Belle". Continue downhill, pass the "Les Vernes" crossroads, on the left, leave the thematic path on the water. Travel about 80 m to reach the fountain. Continue downhill and take the road to the left following the La Mure railway line. Join the outward route via rue d'Aveillans to find the starting point. The Legend: The name of Pierre Merlière would come from Merlin the enchanter because the legend says that we practiced human sacrifices on this altar as evidenced by the hollow imprint on the top. Right next to this hollow there is a round shape to accommodate the person to be sacrificed as well as a vertical gutter along the rock to evacuate the victim's blood. But far from all that, we are facing a rock in which several millstones have been cut. We find two in the lower part abandoned during the size following the appearance of a defect, in reality it would seem that a single millstone was extracted from this rock, hence the hollow imprint visible on the top. The rocks likely to give good grinding stones were rare in the region (it needed hardness and sufficient resistance to abrasion to obtain a good grinding wheel) the slightest rock likely to be suitable was immediately exploited to supply the mills of the region . This is how the millstone became the Merlière stone.

2 h
3.7 km
Very easy
Parking du Musée de la Mine Image La Motte d'Aveillans 38770 La Motte-d'Aveillans
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The farms of Rif Bruyants - Family Walk
7.5 km

The farms of Rif Bruyants - Family Walk

Very nice hike to the abandoned farms of Rif Loud. Discover this small charming hamlet. 1 km after the exit of Lavaldens, crossing the Roizonne try to park on the right. Park your car well to allow the passage of farm machines. A walk across the road and just after the bridge (concrete barriers) follows the path through the trees to the mill Fontagneu 400m. Follow this road to the bridge crossing the Roizonne, towards the mill Fontagneu. Notice the millstones with iron frame on your left in the garden. Cross the village and continue on a path to Mollard. The path then goes overlooking Roizonne. After 20 minutes, you reach the village of Mollard (oven, spring, apiary). Continue on the road to the Rif Bruyant and Rochette. On this way you can admire the work of man, who deftly opened the way so that it doesn't degrad and, above all, observe the small canals crossing or bordering; they were used to irrigate the fields to allow a second cut called "Refoin". After 10 minutes you entre in the Rif Bruyant valley. Leave on your right the little waythat cross a small beautiful bridge over the Rif Bruyant but continue on the way going up, enter into another world and you begin to see a fun waterfall on the right that gives the impression to disperse in the air. You will also see the construction in the riverbed, they are water catchments for the city of La Mure. After crossing a wooden bridge take the steep-sided way on the left, you're coming to the finish line. One more wooden footbridge and you will see the first barn of the farms of Rif Bruyant. Go further and enter a field on the left, and enjoy the scenery as well as the farm's beautiful red gable (colour is due to some lichens growing on the rock). In the distance you see a waterfall coming down called the Wedding veil, which comes from Lake Rif Bruyant, but that's another walk that request almost 3 hours to go. The return is by the same route.

2 h
5 km
Very easy
Immeuble les Mélèzes 38350 Lavaldens
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Museum of the French Revolution
12 km

Museum of the French Revolution

The castle shelters the museum of the French Revolution since 1984. The collections gather pieces of art such as paintings, drawings, sculptures and engravings. On July 21st 1788, the castle of Vizille entered History. The Etats Généraux of the Dauphiné meeting which had been forbade by Grenoble authorities had been thus sheltered by Claude Perrier. Seduced by the liberal ideas, his castle sheltered this meeting. 187 members of the Tiers Etats, 49 clergymen and 159 noblemen deliberated during 16 hours. In demanding the meeting of the Etats généraux this event is considered to have triggered the Revolution. The Salle du jeu de paume which was the witness of this event have burnt during the fire of 1865. Its implantation is now symbolised by a terrace planted with trees at the entrance of the museum. The castle shelters the museum of the French Revolution since 1984. The collections gather pieces of art such as paintings, drawings, sculptures and engravings. One can see figurative piece of art too such as English and French ceramics, tapestries, materials and furniture. But one can also find French and foreign historical pieces such as (stones of the Bastille, swords of the National Guard) dating from the Ancien Régime to the 3rd Republic. The museum recalls the French Revolution as well as the artistic creation and cultural transformations all around Europe, from the times of the Lumières to Romanticism. The museum offers to the public an original approach of this period and its myth through evocative pieces which are replaced in their context. The museum is opened every day except on Tuesdays, from 10 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. And from 1.30 p.m. to 6p.m. from April till October and from 10 a.m to 12.30 p.m and from 1.30 p.m. To 5 p.m from November till March. Closed on public holidays from November till March and on the May 1st . Free entrance and possibility of audio guide .

Domaine de Vizille Place du Château 38220 Vizille
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We have no information on the difficulty of this circuit. You may encounter some surprises along the way. Before you go, please feel free to inquire more and take all necessary precautions. Have a good trip! 🌳🥾