Roche Colombe is a stunning looking hill in the Drôme department in south-eastern France. The Drôme flows from the Alps through a beautiful valley until it reaches the mighty Rhône. North of Provence, the Drôme department is just as beautiful but quieter and with plenty of campsites. Walk or cycle around this area and you will stumble upon tidy rows of vines, colourful fields of lavender and quaint medieval villages. You can hop along the river staying at a different campsite every night and we certainly tried out many of them as we slowly explored this fantastic area that has so much to offer.
From the attractive village of Saou we set off up the 886-metre high Roche Colombe on a way-marked route. Roche Colombe is one of the hills in the dramatic Synclinal de Saou where the limestone layers have shifted to a 45⁰ angle. The rocky slopes of the mountain end with a sheer high cliff. Sections of the path require a bit of a scramble but the hike up Roche Colombe is breathtaking and worthwhile. At the summit I sat on this bench and took in the spectacular views along the length of the Drôme Valley.
France does not have the same tradition of erecting memorial benches that we have in the UK and I don’t feature many from other countries. I decided to photograph this bench on Roche Colombe as it was certainly very much appreciated after all that climbing and, most importantly, it had a plaque.
The plaque says that on 12 June 1993, the bench was repaired by the friends of Aouste sur Sye, a nearby village below Roche Colombe. Thank you!