Bois de Saint-Martin circuit on the heights of Villeneuve-sur-Yonne

This pleasant circuit offers beautiful views of the town of Villeneuve-sur-Yonne, thanks to its small climbs. The path across woodland provides shade on one-third of the route during sunny weather.

Technical sheet
No. 4525484
A Villeneuve-sur-Yonne walk posted on 08/01/21 by OT Sens. Update : 12/01/21
Calculated time Calculated time: 1h55[?]
Distance Distance : 5.77km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 99m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 99m
Highest point Highest point : 172m
Lowest point Lowest point : 73m
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Villeneuve-sur-Yonne (89500)
Starting point Starting point : N 48.085571° / E 3.294793°
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The Porte de Sens, from the "Promenade" Panoramic view of Villeneuve-sur-Yonne from the television relay Picture of the Villeneuve-sur-Yonne dungeon or "Big Tower" View over the rooftops of Villeneuve-sur-Yonne from the television relay


(D/A) From the car park that runs along the Hôtel de Ville, walk up the promenade that follows Boulevard Marceau. Cross Rue Carnot and continue on the promenade, on the opposite side.

(1) When you get to the school, turn left into Rue de la Cornillate, then left again into Rue de la Grosse Pierre.

(2) Turn right into Rue de Dixmont (D15). Go under the RD606 bridge.

(3) Just after the bridge, on the right, go up the tarmac ramp, which runs parallel to the RD606 road.

(4) Turn left onto the grass path that goes up to the Bois de Saint Martin and crosses it (red and white markings, and yellow markings). Don’t take the paths that lead into the woods.

(5) At the end of this road (the end of the markings), take the path that goes right to go down to Villeneuve-sur-Yonne.

(6) At the television mast, we recommend you make a detour (250m) taking the path that leads there, to enjoy an exceptional view of Villeneuve-sur-Yonne. Continue going down. At the bottom of the descent, turn right to join the original route.

(4) Go straight ahead.

(3) Turn left and go under the bridge.

(2) Turn left into Rue de la Grosse Pierre, then turn right into Rue de la Cornillate.

(1) With the school on your left, turn right and join Boulevard Pierre Larousse. Cross Rue Carnot to get back to the car park (D/A).

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. 73m - Hôtel de ville car park
1 : km 0.38 - alt. 77m - Intersection at the school
2 : km 0.68 - alt. 78m - Rue de la Grosse Pierre / Rue de Dixmont crossroads
3 : km 0.94 - alt. 76m - Intersection after the bridge
4 : km 1.1 - alt. 87m - Intersection towards Bois de Saint-Martin
5 : km 2.87 - alt. 167m - Intersection leaving Bois de Saint-Martin
6 : km 3.91 - alt. 155m - Detour towards television mast
D/A : km 5.77 - alt. 73m - Hôtel de ville car park

Useful Information

An easy trip, with a short regular climb, to reach the heights of Villeneuve-sur-Yonne. The route is mostly in shade, as it is in the woods for a third of the circuit.

For your safety, avoid this route during the traditional hunting season from 1 October to 28 February.

When walking in the woods and forests you must stay on the paths; any wandering inside a wood (even when it belongs to the local commune) is prohibited. Be careful.

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

Tourist office of Villeneuve-sur-Yonne.

Discovery tour of the city.

Saucil beach in summer.

Carnot Museum-Gallery.

Boat trips on board the "Flipper" boat.

Sound and lights show in summer.

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