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. km 0 - Château de Druyes-les-Belles-Fontaines
1 : km 0.69 - alt. km 0.69 - Eglise St Romain - Saint-Romain Church (Druyes-les-Belles-Fontaines)
2 : km 0.86 - alt. km 0.86 - Go up the path on the left of the lake
3 : km 1.59 - alt. km 1.59 - Turn left on the old railway
4 : km 3.25 - alt. km 3.25 - Bear right
5 : km 4.4 - alt. km 4.4 - Blin Farm, springs
6 : km 6.63 - alt. km 6.63 - Left/right
7 : km 7.26 - alt. km 7.26 - Pond (old trough)
8 : km 8.23 - alt. km 8.23 - Bottom of Morin Valley
9 : km 8.96 - alt. km 8.96 - Double crossing of 6 roads and paths
10 : km 9.94 - alt. km 9.94 - Go straight on
D/A : km 10.51 - alt. km 10.51 - 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.
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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.
This trail, dedicated to Colette, was opened in 1993 by the pupils of the Colette college of Saint-Sauveur en Puisaye. Along this trail, everything recalls the works of this author, born in Saint-Sauveur en Puisaye in 1873. The author has described her birthplace so well - that even though she has given other names to the villages and characters, you can sense her literature at every corner.
This hike is themed by springs and wash-houses. The water flowing from the springs supplies the groundwater of the Parisian Basin on the one hand, and the Seine by way of the Loing River on the other hand. It’s a very well-marked path (#7), through an unspoiled natural environment. This track can also be done on horseback or mountain bike. It is listed on the departmental walking and hiking map (PDIPR) established by the department of the Yonne.
You will see no less than 8 fountains and 6 wash-houses on this rather easy hike, ideal for family walks. A few picnics spots are available here and there, to take a break and enjoy a relaxing moment (Fountain of the Moon, of the Pisserotte .....) Even though there are some hills along the way, it is a very pleasant walk with a lot of historical heritage spots to be discovered.
Also good for mountain biking.
A hike in the heart of the birthplace of Colette. Through woods and passing by ponds, often described in her work.
Leaving from the fairground, you will walk along paths that have a mysterious past and are steeped in legends.
Across the woods and the fields, passing the ponds, you will discover areas where the earth has been shaped into artistic creations and pottery.
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