Blin Farm – Druyes Valley

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.

Technical sheet
No. 4098589
A Druyes-les-Belles-Fontaines walk posted on 30/01/16 by Sarita J. Update : 30/04/20
Calculated time Calculated time: 3h20[?]
Distance Distance : 10.46km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 121m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 116m
Highest point Highest point : 232m
Lowest point Lowest point : 161m
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Area Area : Puisaye
Location Location : Druyes-les-Belles-Fontaines (89560)
Starting point Starting point : N 47.550587° / E 3.425135°
Map IGN Map (Click to buy) : Ref. 2621SB
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Description

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)

Waypoints :
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

Useful Information

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.
In case of problems, thank you for completing this questionnaire (1 to 2 minutes only).
Careful when crossing roads.
Druyes-les-Belles-Fontaines got, in 2017 the label Cité de Caractère de Bourgogne - Franche-Comté.

We advise taking IGN maps with you on this walk. Click here to buy : 2621SB.

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

During the walk or to do/see around

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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