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).
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.
(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.
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
No refreshments on the route.
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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.
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.
A varied circuit, sometimes in the sun in the vineyards sometimes in the forest. A very pleasant walk in the middle of the countryside.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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