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Saint Pancrasse - Saint Bernard du Touvet

Distance 10.5km
Time 6h
+ 907m
- 990m


The Dauphiné was one of the first French provinces to participate in the "anti-papal and anti-state" religious revolution. The reformist movement was quick to spread throughout the region. The province’s proximity to Geneva facilitated the propagation of Calvinist teachings.
The Grésivaudan seems to have not been affected by these new ideas as no allusion to reformist families was made throughout the 17th century.  There are in fact only a few records concerning the abjuration and reconversion of Protestants.
On the other hand, the valley suffered from the war between catholic and protestant troops who occupied or passed through the region intermittently between 1562 and 1590. The first of these troops were those belonging to François de Beaumont, the Baron of the Adrets (1512-1587), who was chosen as leader of the Huguenots. The baron was quickly known for his cruelty and destructive tactics which included attacks on the churches in the area.  Thus were destroyed numerous masterpieces from the Middle Ages. In Grenoble, the baron ordered the destruction of the Dauphins’ tombs and the pillaging of the cathedral. The Saint-Antoine Abbey and the Saint-Maurice Cathedral in Vienne were also targeted and still display, to this day, the marks of their mutilations. In 1574, the baron admitted, during a conversation with d'Aubigné, to being responsible for the cold-blooded death of more than four thousand people and the invention of various unheard of forms of torture.
The spark that initiated the war was the occupation of Grenoble by the Baron in 1562 after the Wassy massacre in March. Under the pretext of revenge for the demolition of a Huguenot church, the Baron of the Adrets ordered the destruction of crosses and images rejected by this new cult and attacked the region's monasteries and convents. In May, the cathedral and monasteries in Vienne suffered the same fate. In the following month, the soldiers pillaged the Grande Chartreuse, the Premol, the Sylve Bénite, the Saint-Antoine Abbey, the Chartreuse de Saint-Hugon, as well as the Villard-Benoit and Saint-Martin priories, stealing sacred vases, candlesticks, gold sheets and wine while also ransacking their libraries.  By 1563 the Huguenots no longer trusted the Baron and parted ways with him. In the end, the Baron's rule was short-lived yet violent.
Once word of the Saint-Barthélemy massacre spread in 1572, there were new executions (Aug. - Oct. 1572). However the Baron of Gordes, lieutenant général to the King, protected the Protestants and limited the number of victims in the region. Despite this, a powerful desire for vengeance was born on the Protestant side.
Starting in 1575, François de Bonne, Duke of Lesdiguières and lord over his native Champsaur, became the unique leader of the Huguenots in the region. During his march to Grenoble he occupied La Mure in 1577. This fortified town became the starting point for the Protestant incursions into the Grésivaudan.
Lesdiguières was able to defend Corps and occupy Gap, but he suffered the loss of La Mure to the Catholics. During the siege of La Mure, the village of Montbonnot and surrounding villages had to house some of the League's troops and casualties. Lesdiguières also occupied Montélimar and d'Embrun. Henry IV's rise to power allowed Lesdiguières to ally with the Governor of the Dauphiné, La Valette, and the province's Lieutenant-général, Ornano. Together, they faced the Catholic League which occupied Grenoble.  In 1590, Lesdiguières laid siege to the city and after a month conquered the dauphinois Capital. Briançon and Crest had already signed their surrender and Vienne surrendered last in 1591. Thus Lesdiguières gained control over the entire province.
The period between 1580 and 1590 was to be the most catastrophic after a succession of hardships. Weariness and despair overtook the region's population while famine and the plague were added to the sufferings of the civil war.
The Edict of Nantes was signed in 1598 by Henry IV. Ennemond Rabot d’Illins, Lord of Hautefort, and the first president of the Dauphiné parliament, was famous for his speeches to his advisers. The King charged him with enforcing the treaty of the Edict of Nantes, which was quite a difficult challenge during this period. In October 1685, Louis XIV revoked the edict of tolerance through the Edict of Fontainebleau.

After the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes, the trip through the Grésivaudan became perilous for refugees as bandits traded captured Huguenots to the authorities in Grenoble.

Saint-Hilaire - Belledonne - Le sentier - Saint-Hilaire (2) - La Vallée - La Chartreuse (2) - Parapente - La Chartreuse - Saint-Hilaire (3) - Saint-Bernard  - Saint-Bernard (2) - Saint-Bernard (3) - Sans paroles - Le sentier (2) - Le sentier (3) -

Tourist information

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Posté par veronique le 07/05/2019 :

une fois à l'ancien moulin cela vaut le détour d'aller voir la cascade..encore une montée et une descente...cela prend 1/2 heure environ et c'est magnifique

Posté par Isabelle Charest le 23/05/2017 :

Gîte Auberge Le Sabot des Muses a une très bonne table et les proprietaires, sont gentils coustois et discrets. Apres une journée de marche entre St-Pancrasse et St-Bernard, l'Ascension jusqu'au gite est pénible, car on grimpe encore!

Posté par Odette Favre le 08/09/2016 :

A Saint Pancrasse :

La Dame de St Pancrasse, Marguerite de Bourgogne, épouse de  Dauphin Guigues IV (mort en 1142) possédait une maison au Baure où elle venait prier pour son époux en guerre. Le vallon "Combe de la Reina" où coule le ruisseau la Pissarotte était aussi une de ses possessions.

L'église du village (XVIIès) est la plus ancienne du plateau des Petites Roches. En 1843-1860 des travaux y furent exécutés. A noter : le clocher porche, typiquement dauphinois.

Plusieurs croix ont été érigées du 19 au 20ès, dans différents lieux du village.

Hameau du Neyroud : On peut voir une fontaine taillée dans un bloc de calcaire,  "la baignoire des Evêques", qui a été amenée de la demeure des Evêques de St Hilaire du Touvet en 1885. C'est une des 15 fontaines du village.


Tourist Offices

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Accommodation Partners Accommodation Partners

Daniel Faudry    Bed & breakfastSaint-Bernard du Touvet

Les Balcons de Marcieu    Group gîteSaint-Bernard du Touvet

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Other Accommodations

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Chambres d'hôte Chalet Raibon    Bed & breakfastSaint-Hilaire du Touvet

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Le Fenil    Bed & breakfastSaint-Hilaire du Touvet


Romain Raibon-Pernoud    Furnished accommodation and GîtesSaint-Hilaire du Touvet

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Le Doménon    Furnished accommodation and GîtesSaint-Hilaire du Touvet


  Group gîteSaint-Hilaire du Touvet


  Bed & breakfastSaint-Hilaire du Touvet

Marie-Odile and Yves welcome you to their comfortable, warm house set against a mountainous backdrop where they have 1 spacious, light independent bdrm, with own terrace, orchard and kitchenette. Accommodation for 2-3 people (own shower rm et WC), TV, garden furniture. Wheelchair accessible and approved by the A.P.F. 3 gites to sleep 5-6 in same house with own terrace et garden. Hiking, tennis, paragliding, rock climbing, via ferrata.

Téléphone : 04 76 08 33 16
Téléphone : 06 71 26 75 76

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Other Services

Pharmacie Dourlhies    ServicesSaint-Hilaire du Touvet

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