Marked hike N°51.
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).
(D/A) Take the street that leads to the castle passing under the city gate. pass to the right of the castle, go down on the path which ends on a small path. Keep descending to arrive Place Jean Bertin. Turn left, then right to cross the bridge which is above the Druyes River. Go along the street to the church.
(1) Take immediately the right before the town hall the pedestrian path (Chemin des Sources).
(2) After going in front of a tavern located on the left, take le path going up in a vegetal part. Take a look to the lake. Halfway up the climb, fork left in the first path.
(3) Arriving on an old railway, turn left, cross on the viaduct and enjoy the point of view on both sides.At the end of this part, cross the road D104. This new asphalt road ends quickly as a dirt road which bypasses the football stadium and arrives on road D148.
(4) o straight to go down in the path.
(5) At the place where stop the border hedges, take a pin on the left. Go up on the steep path and join a large and stabilized road. Take it by the right, arriving at the Blin’s Farm.
4 : Go straight
5 : Pin turn on the left.
(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 Fort de Druyes-les-Belles-Fontaines
1 : km 0.73 - alt. 170m - Eglise St Romain
2 : km 0.88 - alt. 175m - Monter le chemin situé sur la gauche du lac
3 : km 1.62 - alt. 194m - Tourner à gauche sur une ancienne voie ferrée
4 : km 3.09 - alt. 198m - Passer tout droit
5 : km 3.5 - alt. 172m - Virage en épingle sur la gauche
6 : km 4.35 - alt. 168m - Ferme de Blin, source et fontaine - Druyes (rivière)
7 : km 6.58 - alt. 229m - Décrire un gauche/droite
8 : km 7.21 - alt. 229m - Mare (ancien abreuvoir)
9 : km 8.18 - alt. 205m - Fond de la Vallée Morin
10 : km 8.91 - alt. 224m - Double croisement de 6 routes et chemins
11 : km 9.89 - alt. 215m - Tracer tout droit
D/A : km 10.46 - alt. 204m - Château Fort de Druyes-les-Belles-Fontaines
This trail can be done cycling. Sources and fountains are numerous but the water is not drinkable even if it’s very clear. A lot of ducks live in the marsh and makes the water unfit for human consumption. This trail is offered by the Tourist Office of Puisaye-Forterre.
The markup is provided by the Association A chacun son chemin en Puisaye-Forterre following the graphical charter of the Community of Communes of Puisaye-Forterre in the way of the description and bears N°51. The presence of the markup, however, requires that you leave at least with this description and the attached IGN map.
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Druyes-les-Belles-Fontaines got, in 2017 the label Cité de Caractère de Bourgogne - Franche-Comté.
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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.
Marked hike N°8.
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.
Marked hike N°7.
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.
Marked hike N°24.
Leaving from the fairground, you will walk along paths that have a mysterious past and are steeped in legends.
Marked hike N°2.
A hike in the heart of the birthplace of Colette. Through woods and passing by ponds, often described in her work.
Marked hike N°1.
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.
Marked hike N°44.
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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