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Best walks in Poitou Charentes

Saint-Brice - Sentier de l'Abbaye
Distance10.67km Vertical gain+88m Vertical drop-86m Duration3h15 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Saint-Brice - 16 - Charente

Thanks to the natural beauty of its location and the richness of its heritage, Saint-Brice is one of the most picturesque areas of Cognac region. At the heart of the Charente and Soloire rivers valley, man has erected many symbolic buildings: dolmens, churches, abbeys, castles and manors, all expertly crafted.

Distance10.96km Vertical gain+12m Vertical drop-12m Duration3h10 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Aigrefeuille-d'Aunis - 17 - Charente-Maritime

A beautiful walk along Frace Lake, which is popular for fishing and walking, and on through the little town of Aigrefeuille-d'Aunis, where you can visit the Ouchettes cheese dairy and goat farm.

Merpins - Sentier François Ier
Distance9.14km Vertical gain+23m Vertical drop-20m Duration2h40 Easy Easy
DepartureDeparture in Merpins - 16 - Charente

Located at the confluence of the Né and Charente rivers, the Merpins commune has been permanently occupied by men from very early times: arrowheads, pottery shards, and later an imposing medieval fortress, an 11th century church and an abbey dating back to the 12th century are the living proof. These fertile lands are home to meadows, cereal fields and a Grande-Champagne listed vineyard.

Saint-Laurent-de-Cognac / Louzac-Saint-André - Sentier des Combes
Distance9.66km Vertical gain+125m Vertical drop-122m Duration3h05 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Saint-Laurent-de-Cognac - 16 - Charente

Bordered to the South by the Charente river, theSaint-Laurent area consists of a small town gathered around its church and its 11th century portal, several villages spread across the valleys and the hills as well as farms and secluded dwellings.

Circuit of Open-air Wash Houses and Water Sources
Distance19.48km Vertical gain+254m Vertical drop-254m Duration6h10 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Saint-Preuil - 16 - Charente

This circuit gives you the chance to discover rural heritage (springs, water sources, open air wash houses); and at each place, a description of its history is displayed. The route also highlights the architectural and historical heritage of the 13th century (Eglise Saint-Prohet, the Place Jacquaire, the protestant stele, the Chateau de Segeville) plus the various hamlets in the locality, flora and fauna.

Saint-Sulpice-de-Cognac / Cherves-Richemont - Sentier des Chauffeurs
Distance11.99km Vertical gain+135m Vertical drop-130m Duration3h45 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Saint-Sulpice-de-Cognac - 16 - Charente

Saint-Sulpice-de-Cognac is pleasantly located between the marshlands of the Antenne River and limestone hillsides. There, are hidden the remains of the Agrippa Roman road as well as forgotten local railroad.
Cherves-Richemont is graced with the Antenne River and offers an unexpected diversity of landscapes. Its historic heritage is particularly rich: Romanesque churches, Château Chesnel, watermills, manor houses….

Fountains and vineyards
Distance9.2km Vertical gain+100m Vertical drop-106m Duration2h50 Easy Easy
DepartureDeparture in Moulidars - 16 - Charente

A varied circuit, sometimes in the sun in the vineyards sometimes in the forest. A very pleasant walk in the middle of the countryside.

Gimeux - Sentier du Fanaud
Distance10.37km Vertical gain+94m Vertical drop-85m Duration3h10 Easy Easy
DepartureDeparture in Gimeux - 16 - Charente

Gimeux was built on a hillside overlooking the valley and marshlands of the river Né and enjoys a flourishing farming activity: meadows and cereal fields in the valley, vineyards on the hills. Ancient burial sites and the outline of the old Roman road called ‘Chemin Boisné’ are revealing of the ancestral occupation of the land. The parish church dates back to the 12th century. Also marking the landscape are an old chapel as well as the remains of a windmill on the Fanaud hillside.

Circuit du Dolmen
Distance11.59km Vertical gain+51m Vertical drop-50m Duration3h25 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Saint-Fort-sur-le-Né - 16 - Charente

Situated at 25m altitude - the river Né and the Motte stream are the principal water courses which cross the locality.
In certain places there are excellent views towards and from the village, the Dolmen, of the vineyards, the landscape of the Grande Champagne and surrounding villages. In every season you can discover a certain charm and appeal in St. Fort.

Crêtes de Segonzac circuit
Distance9.79km Vertical gain+99m Vertical drop-104m Duration3h00 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Segonzac - 16 - Charente

The Gaul root of its name means 'strength, courage'. The Hundred Years War persuaded the construction of numerous underground passages, which enabled the inhabitants to take refuge from extreme violence. Without a doubt Protestantism has left its mark in the area, particularly with the Segonzacais. The first Reformed church was founded in 1558. Troubles occurred in 1562 and the parish church was burnt down. Today's Temple church is the third constructed since the Edict of Nantes.

From the Ile de Ré bridge to Nieul-sur-Mer
Distance16.42km Vertical gain+11m Vertical drop-10m Duration4h45 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in La Rochelle - 17 - Charente-Maritime

The first part of the route takes you along the coastal trail with a section around the outskirts of the small ports of Lauzières and Plomb.
Small viewing points are scattered along the route giving you the chance to observe the Pertuis Breton and the Ile de Ré and its bridge.
The return leg takes you around the outskirts of the Nieul-Sur-Mer communes and then L'Houmeau.

Around Bois-Plage-en-Ré
Distance13.56km Vertical gain+298m Vertical drop-311m Duration4h35 Easy Easy
DepartureDeparture in Le Bois-Plage-en-Ré - 17 - Charente-Maritime

Bois-Plage-en-Ré is the seaside resort of the Ile de Ré with long beaches lined with dunes. It is also a wine producing region with plenty of wooded areas.

Circuit Romain in Segonzac
Distance14.36km Vertical gain+142m Vertical drop-140m Duration4h25 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Segonzac - 16 - Charente

Segonzac: the root of its name means 'strength, courage' in Gaulish.
Archaeological digs have revealed a Neolithic inhabitation (approx. 5000 B.C)
The Hundred Years' War persuaded the construction of numerous underground passages, which enabled the inhabitants to take refuge from extreme violence.
Protestantism has, without a doubt, left its mark in the area, particularly with the Segonzacais. The first Reformed church was founded in 1558. Troubles occurred in 1562 and the parish church was burnt down. Today's Temple is the third constructed since the Edict of Nantes.
According to a legend at the start of the 17th century, it was at Segonzac that a vintner named Chevalier de la Croix Maron invented double distillation.

Interpretive trail at La Magdeleine
Distance1.4km Vertical gain+3m Vertical drop-2m Duration0h25 Easy Easy
DepartureDeparture in Criteuil-la-Magdeleine - 16 - Charente

Discover the rich fauna and flora of the Né valley in this Natura 2000 classified area - a nature protected zone with many diverse and protected species and plants, such as the European Mink (a little known species near extinction) and wild orchids, as well as many other species naturally found in a preserved environment.

Circuit de la Motte
Distance2km Vertical gain+31m Vertical drop-31m Duration0h40 Easy Easy
DepartureDeparture in Ambleville - 16 - Charente

The commune of Ambleville is crossed by the Collinaud, a stream tributary of the River Né, which includes wash-houses typically found in this area of Grande Champagne. During your walk you will have the chance to discover La Motte, a hamlet in this commune. Take the time to admire the rolling countryside and La Motte wash-house.
This walk can be enjoyed with all the family, because children will find it fun to cross the Collinaud by way of the stepping stones.

Circuit des Trois Pierres
Distance9.5km Vertical gain+36m Vertical drop-36m Duration2h50 Easy Easy
DepartureDeparture in Angeac-Champagne - 16 - Charente

A lovely walk through the Charentais vineyards, passing beautiful buildings and around the village of Roissac.
Angeac- Champagne counts numerous prosperous-looking Charentais houses, witness to the wealth which lies in the local economy producing cognac, its principal occupation. The entrances to the estates are marked by a gate or porch way: there are at least 50. They are unique and typical of our local heritage. At Roissac village they embellish the main street.

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