Situated at 25m altitude - the river Né and the Motte stream are the principal water courses which cross the locality.
In certain places there are excellent views towards and from the village, the Dolmen, of the vineyards, the landscape of the Grande Champagne and surrounding villages. In every season you can discover a certain charm and appeal in St. Fort.
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.
(S/F) Start at ‘Halte Randonneurs’ and walk up the chalk path to the main road.
(1) Turn right onto the D151, heading towards the Dolmen.
Continue past the Distillerie & the restaurant, taking the left turn at the crossroads – signposted Dolmen.
(2) Walk up the short slope, taking a right to admire the Dolmen; and taking time to appreciate the view of the village. Return to the path & turn right to continue your hike. When you get to the crossing, turn left and walk down to the crossroads. Cross the D736 carefully and continue up the hill towards the village.
(3) Take the first right, following up and around the houses & vines. Right again.
(4) Go past the cemetery and 50m later there are nice views over the villages. At the highest point you can admire a 270 degree panoramic view. Turn right off the road onto the chalk path through the vineyards
(5) Take a left at the intersection (wooden waymarked sign) after a km and follow a track, through the vineyards towards La Vallade hamlet.(6)
Turn left (waymarked as before) and when you get to the road turn left and continue 50m before turning right for another 50m then turn right again reaching a track, which will eventually join up with a small road. Turn left and pay attention, as the next 200m through La Vallade is very narrow.
When leaving the village turn left (7) onto a grassy track, turn right when it joins up with the chalk path and after 100m have a break at the picnic spot (8) (shaded by walnut trees with a picnic table provided).
Continue along the track to a crossing, (9) turning left up the hill to a chalk path crossing. Turn right, passing cherry trees and look for the waymark sign to take a left through the vines for 100m, then right reaching the D731 Cognac-Archiac.
(10) Cross over carefully and head down the small road opposite. Look and listen for traffic! Walk down the small road to the waymark sign and take a right heading up to view the Moulin des Plantes.
(11), Back track to the small road until you reach the crossing and turn right. At the next intersection, head left continuing straight ahead over about 250m reaching the road.
(12) Turn right. Turn left at the T-junction. Cross the D371 once again and head into Saint-Fort-sur-le-Né. Head left down Rue de l'église and go to the left of the church. After the church, turn right. Head left at the crossing onto Rue du Champ de Foire. At the crossroads go on towards Route du Dolmen (south-east).
D/A : km 0 - alt. 23m
1 : km 0.1 - alt. 24m - D151
2 : km 1.14 - alt. 40m - The Dolmen
3 : km 2.58 - alt. 35m - Village "Les Bons Enfants"
4 : km 3.14 - alt. 56m - Viewpoint
5 : km 4.46 - alt. 38m - Intersection
6 : km 5.74 - alt. 32m - La Vallade
7 : km 6.22 - alt. 28m - Moulin de la Motte
8 : km 6.7 - alt. 26m - Intersection
9 : km 7.61 - alt. 43m - Crossroads
10 : km 8.67 - alt. 36m - D731
11 : km 9.28 - alt. 36m - Moulin des Plantes
12 : km 10.05 - alt. 25m - Le Ménis
D/A : km 11.59 - alt. 23m
A hikers' spot and picnic area are available (S/F)
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Admire the Dolmen along with the view of the village.
At the highest point you can take in a 270 degree panoramic view.
Admire the "Moulin des Plantes".
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.
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.
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 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.
Gimeux was built on a hillside overlooking the valley and marshlands of the river Né and enjoys a flourishing farming activity: meadows and cereal fields in the valley, vineyards on the hills. Ancient burial sites and the outline of the old Roman road called ‘Chemin Boisné’ are revealing of the ancestral occupation of the land. The parish church dates back to the 12th century. Also marking the landscape are an old chapel as well as the remains of a windmill on the Fanaud hillside.
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.
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.
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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