From the old medieval castle, discover a village built between an old, partly dried-up marsh and a cliff. Druyes Valley offers a green setting that contrasts with the chalky rocks that support the ruined building.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
Depart from the castle carpark (la Ville)
This path is marked in red on the posts with number 51. However, be careful because the signs are sometimes missing or difficult to see.
(D/A) Take the road leading to the castle, passing the door of la Ville. Go to the right of the castle and go down the path that ends on a little road. Keep walking down until you reach Place Jean Bertin. Bear left and then right to go over the bridge that crosses the Druyes. Continue along the road as far as the church (1), then turn immediately right down the pedestrian path before the town hall (Chemin des Sources)
(2) After going past an open-air cafe on the lefthand side, take the path that goes uphill. Take the time to stop and look at the lake. Halfway along the shore, take the first path to the left.
(3)When you reach an old railway track, turn left, go up onto the viaduct and enjoy the views. At the end of this section, go across the D104 road. This new paved road soon turns into a path which goes round the left of the football field and reaches the D148. Take it to the left for 200m and then take the hairpin bend to the right (4). Follow this track to Blin Farm.
(5) Turn left between the remains of the old bridge, passing the spring, fountain, and pond on the left and then continue to the right. When you reach the crossroads by a house, turn left. Cross over the river on the bridge and you will come out onto the D73 road. Turn right, then after 150m, take the path on the left. Follow this path, ignoring any paths off to either side until you reach the next crossroads with a paved road.
(6) At this junction, turn slightly left and then take the road in front of you, toward Fontenailles. Go past Rue des Roussiottes on the left and continue down Rue des Grandes Chenevières until you reach the pond on your left.
(7) Head North-West along Rue des Railly. This ends in a path. Go through the undergrowth and continue walking down Morin Valley.
(8) Bear left, ignore the first path off to the right and climb up along the wide path on the edge of some woodland. Leave this woodland and keep walking until you reach a double crossing of 6 roads and paths (9). Make sure you take the third path on the right for almost 1km.
(10) Go straight on at the crossroads toward the half-buried reservoir. When you reach the D104, turn left, then after 50m, go up the dirt track on the right that leads to the carpark. (D/A)
D/A : km 0 - alt. 204m - Château de Druyes-les-Belles-Fontaines
1 : km 0.69 - alt. 170m - Saint-Romain Church (Druyes-les-Belles-Fontaines)
2 : km 0.86 - alt. 175m - Go up the path on the left of the lake
3 : km 1.59 - alt. 194m - Turn left on the old railway
4 : km 3.25 - alt. 208m - Bear right
5 : km 4.4 - alt. 168m - Blin Farm, springs
6 : km 6.63 - alt. 229m - Left/right
7 : km 7.26 - alt. 229m - Pond (old trough)
8 : km 8.23 - alt. 205m - Bottom of Morin Valley
9 : km 8.96 - alt. 224m - Double crossing of 6 roads and paths
10 : km 9.94 - alt. 215m - Go straight on
D/A : km 10.51 - alt. 204m - Druyes-les-Belles-Fontaines castle
You can do this route with a mountain bike. There are many springs but the water is not drinkable even though it is very clear. The high number of palmipeds living in the marsh make this water unsuitable for consumpation.
Hikideas and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.
There are many viewpoints along this route.
Highlights: the postern, the castle, the wash house just before the first bridge, and the church. Also: the galleries, the ephemeral exhibitions, and the broken linden (at the bottom of the church)
This village is classified as a "major touristic site", where Captain Cognet and the engineer Jean Bertin (creator of the hovertrain and hovercraft) were born.
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