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.
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.
(S) Start from Lainsecq "Champ de Foire" (village square).
Head towards the village of Sougères and 30 meters further you'll come across the fountains of Saint-Martin
(1) Go up towards the village centre, take a left towards Sainpuits. Walk between the church and the old town market hall to reach the church square. Walk downhill about 50 meters and take a left onto the small street called "rue Traversière".
(2) Take a left again and walk along "Rue du Village", at the end of which you will take a right encountering the Fountain au Museau. Carry on for about 200 meters and take a left. At the end of the path, turn right on the little road of la Guirtelle. Just before "Guirtelle d'en bas", you'll notice the "Sugar" Fountain (Fontaine au sucre) hidden at the bottom of a small slope.
(3) Carry on and turn right onto the small path opposite a big house/property. Walk down along the hedge to discover the fountain and the wash-house of La Guirtelle d'en bas on your right.
Go back to the road, head up to the right and at the top of the road take a right. In La Guirtelle Haut hamlet, in between two houses, go down the small path that leads to the fountain and the wash-house of "La Guirtelle Haut". Go back to the road and turn right reaching the "Croix de la Guirtelle" (Cross of the Guirtelle).
Carry on, to the left on "la petite route de Chappe" and about a kilometre further (4) take a left onto the path that goes up in between cultivated fields. You then reach the road going from Lainsecq to Perreuse where you turn right, and then right again heading towards Montreparé. When you reach the village, take a right, after the farm shed the path goes down towards the "Moon" spring (La source de la Lune - fountain and wash-house). Head uphill along the path and turn right to get back to the road heading down towards Chappe.
In the middle of this village, take a left onto "Chemin de la Fontaine de la Pisserotte" (fire hydrant on your left). At the end of the path, after having walked by the pond "Crocs Chevaux" you'll discover the fountain and the wash house "de la Pisserotte".
Head back to the road and take a left, go down for about 400 meters and after the farm hangar (5) take the path on your right. Carry on for about 2 km and when you reach the crossing with a small road take a left. Walk for 100 meters and at the crossroad with the D6 - pay attention to traffic - take the path on the other side. At the next crossroad turn right and discover the fountain and wash-house of Jarloy, also called "du Paradis" (of Paradise).
(6) When you reach the last house on your left, take the path going up towards Lainsecq. At the D6 - again pay attention to cars - turn left getting back to Champ de Foire (village square) where you started from.
D/A : km 0 - alt. km 0
1 : km 0.27 - alt. km 0.27 - Saint-Martin Fontaines
2 : km 0.72 - alt. km 0.72 - Take the side street on your left
3 : km 1.65 - alt. km 1.65 - To the spring of "La Guirtelle d'en bas" and back
4 : km 3.15 - alt. km 3.15 - Leave the road and take the path on your left
5 : km 6.58 - alt. km 6.58 - Source et lavoir de la Pisserote
6 : km 7.27 - alt. km 7.27 - Leave the road and take the path on your right
7 : km 9.6 - alt. km 9.6 - Leave the road and take the path on your left
D/A : km 10.12 - alt. km 10.12
Bring water for the walk as the water from the springs is not drinkable despite being fresh. Wear a hat as some spots are rather sunny.
This hiking path is entirely waymarked, it is marked with the number 8 engraved on signs placed on wooden posts, complete with yellow sign posts (PR). Spring names are placed to indicate where they are located.
This hiking path is registered with the PDIPR (Plan Départemental des Itinéraires de Promenade et Randonnée). The Tourist Information Board of Puisaye-Forterre is in charge of its promotion.
Be careful when you cross roads. Wear the right type of shoes during the wet season.
We advise taking IGN maps with you on this walk. Click here to buy : 2621SB.
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To be visited close by, the villages of Perreuse, Treigny, St Sauveur bursting with numerous paths and many wonderful sites.
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.
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.
Leaving from the fairground, you will walk along paths that have a mysterious past and are steeped in legends.
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.
Across the woods and the fields, passing the ponds, you will discover areas where the earth has been shaped into artistic creations and pottery.
A hike in the heart of the birthplace of Colette. Through woods and passing by ponds, often described in her work.
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