Cens, Erdre and Gesvres, three streams of Nantes

An easy hike along three streams: le Cens, l'Erdre, and le Gesvres. Nature within the town of Nantes.

Technical sheet
No. 4098721
A Nantes walk posted on 03/03/16 by Tamtraductions. Update : 15/08/20
Calculated time Calculated time: 1h55[?]
Distance Distance : 6.46km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 24m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 24m
Highest point Highest point : 32m
Lowest point Lowest point : 4m
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Nantes (44200|44300|44000|44)
Starting point Starting point : N 47.243313° / W 1.55524°
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Start from Petit Port Ice-rink (car park just opposite, tram nearby).

(S/F) Opposite the ice-rink, head left on Chemin de la Censive. Turn right at the first fork.

(1) Head left along "le Cens" stream until you reach the junction with "l'Erdre" stream.

(2) Where "le Cens" flows into "l'Erdre", go left along "l'Erdre" bank following the GR3 towards "la Jonelière".

(3) Before reaching the railway viaduct, leave the GR and head onto Chemin de la Pierre Percée. Take the path along "le Gesvres" stream until "Le Boulevard Martin Luther King". Cross the road, heading along the right-hand side to the north until you reach the ring road.

(4) Head back due south on a trail. The trail heads of to the right passing in front of a lake.

(5) Turn off to the left reaching Rue Stéphane Leduc to the right.

(6) Cross the tramway tracks and keep going on the other side. At the roundabout, turn right, then left across the racetrack.

(7) At the exit, head left at Boulevard des Tribunes roundabout leading to the ice-rink (S/F).

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. 8m
1 : km 0.14 - alt. 8m - To the left, along "Cens" stream - Cens (rivière)
2 : km 0.56 - alt. 11m - Confluence with "l'Erdre" stream - Erdre (rivière)
3 : km 2.05 - alt. 8m - Left, along "Gesvres" stream - Gesvres (rivière)
4 : km 3.71 - alt. 11m - Near the ring road
5 : km 4.47 - alt. 20m - Towards Rue Stéphane Leduc
6 : km 4.75 - alt. 26m - Tramway tracks
7 : km 5.94 - alt. 23m - Left at Boulevard des Tribunes roundabout
D/A : km 6.46 - alt. 8m

Useful Information

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During the walk or to do/see around

Castle located on the edge of "l'Erdre" stream.
La Jonelière: Opportunity to visit the houseboats. This was a leisure area for Nantes residents at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century,
The railway viaduct.
Nearby: The Nantes football club "Jonelière " sports centre.
The racetracks.

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