Castle and Woods

A fairly easy circular walk through vineyards from the Castle with panoramic views of the valley. Returning through vineyards and woods passing 'Green Oaks Valley' (a cowboy camp with a 'Saloon' only used around one or two week-ends per year).

Technical sheet
No. 3718471
A Bouteville walk posted on 02/08/20 by Ian P. Update : 12/08/20
Calculated time Calculated time: 2h50[?]
Distance Distance : 8.76km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 109m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 108m
Highest point Highest point : 104m
Lowest point Lowest point : 48m
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Bouteville (16120)
Starting point Starting point : N 45.617109° / W 0.115708°
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Description

(D/A) Park at the Chateau De Bouteville Car Park in the village of Bouteville.

(1) Turn right up the track to walk in front of the Chateau to arrive at the entrance bridge and carry on around the Chateau to arrive back at the Chateau car park and go through the car park bearing left at a small fork in the track. After a short while go downhill along the narrow shaded path to the tarmac road. Turn right past the bin store and houses on your left to come to a sharp 90° left hand bend in the road where you go straight ahead onto the track.

(2) Follow this track until you get to a fork and bear left across a small stream and go straight on for quite a distance towards the wood you started from in the distance until you get to a crossroads with a tarmac road and go straight ahead towards the left hand side of the wood (Noting the electric heating cables on the lower support cable of the grape vines in the vineyard on your left). Carry on through the wood passing a cottage in the woods just off the track on your right, and the Logis St Pierre on your left, until you reach the tarmac road and bear right uphill.

(3) After a short while, there is a road to Douvesse on your left. Ignore it and turn right onto a track into the woods on your right at a lone bottle bank. Go downhill through the woods and at a fork in the track bear right to cross the small stream and shortly after turning right along the track (ignoring the slightly uphill track straight ahead) with the wood on your left and a field on your right until the track bears left uphill (ignoring the way marked track straight ahead).

(4) Carry on uphill until you reach a vineyard surrounded by forest and turn left with the wood on your left and the vineyard on your right.

(5) Carry on to the corner of the vineyard and turn right, ignoring a track into the wood at this corner. After about 50 metres, turn left into the wide track into the forest and follow this relatively straight on until you pass the cowboy camp on your right to then reach a clearly defined crossroads.

(6) Turn right slightly downhill and keep going straight on until you reach Le Raby

(7)From Le Raby, go downhill to the crossroads and then straight across onto the track through the field heading towards the Chateau in the distance. Stay on the track until you come to the tarmac road just short of the Chateau

(8) Turn left. After a short distance around 100m where the road bends slightly left, turn right to walk in the wide gap between vines and straight across the tarmac road to walk on a grassed track between the vines to arrive at a lone tree. Turn right at the lone tree towards the Chateau to reach the tarmac road and turn left on the road. Head into the lovely village of Bouteville and just after 'Baume de Bouteville' on the right (and before the crossroads) turn right back towards the Chateau car park.

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. 63m - Chateau De Bouteville
1 : km 1.93 - alt. 66m - Intersection
2 : km 2.86 - alt. 99m - Château
3 : km 4.51 - alt. 60m - Track
4 : km 6.45 - alt. 58m - Les Groies
5 : km 7.25 - alt. 53m - Uphill
6 : km 7.56 - alt. 82m - Vineyard
7 : km 8.27 - alt. 91m - Intersection
D/A : km 8.76 - alt. 63m - Le Raby

Useful Information

No refreshments on the route.

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

Go over the entrance bridge crossing the ditch at the Castle and note the defensive architecture such as having to go uphill along the front of the Chateau where missiles could be thrown at you and the sharp 90° bend onto the bridge to prevent a large ram being turned easily along with the 'Murder Holes' in the tower to the left of the bridge.

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