Gorges de la Bourne

Gorges de la Bourne is a balcony road in France

Gorges de la Bourne is a very scenic canyon located on the boundary between Isère and Drôme in the department in the French region of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes. It's one of the French balcony roads.

Tucked away in the southeastern part of the country, the road through the gorges carved by the River Bourne is totally paved. It’s called D531. The drive is very challenging, with narrow parts, unlit tunnels and countless turns. The history of this road through the largest of the Vercors gorges is as twisted as its path. It took 11 years and the devotion of Jean Serratrice and the workers hanging over the void risking their lives, to complete the construction work between 1861 and 1872. And even today, it is a major challenge to maintain this link subject to climatic changes and erosion. Be careful because sometimes can be tricky to drive. The journey is dotted with breathtaking views over this grandiose scenery.

Located in the Vercors Massif, within the Vercors Regional Nature Park, the road is 22.6km (14.04 miles) long, running west-east from Pont-en-Royans to Villard-de-Lans. When you drive through the limestone gorge views around you are beautiful and breathtaking. The breathtaking gorge-side road mainly follows the course of the river through various ravines.
Rock slides can occur anytime and can sometimes block some sections of the road. This road through this beautiful limestone gorge dug by the Bourne river is one of the most famous balcony roads in the country. A balcony road is a hair-raising lane cut into the sides of sheer cliffs. It’s a kind of road not for those who fear heights. There is little room for error on these roads. Drive with care as this is a mountain road with hairpin curves and narrow unlit tunnels. When you take this road as picturesque as it is narrow, with its many surprising meanders, drive carefully, and above all don't miss the parking spaces that have been provided. Don't forget to stop at Choranche cave, famous for its stalactites. The road can be too busy in summers.
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