My postcard of a hike up “Les 40 lacets” to the Pic de Beauvoisin, above Die with views of the snow on the Vercors cliffs

A “seize the moment hike” in borrowed kit took advantage of a fantastic clear November day took us to 500 m. altitude above the town of Die on the river Drôme, which flows in to the Rhône at Valence, south of Lyon. We hiked up the zig-zag path called “Les 40 lacets” (the 40 hairpin bends) which also included fording a number of streams in spate following heavy rain. The fine view with fresh snow on the cliffs is of the Montagne de Glandasse and the Cirque de Archiane, which form part of the southern cliffs of the Vercors plateau. A great place for a midday casse-croute, today it was fresh bread with rabbit pâté.