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.
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 from the Lavoir (wash-house) behind Saint Pierre Church, waymarked in blue. With your back to the Lavoir, go alongside the church on your left and head down to the bottom of the road, and turn right.
(1) Pass by the Segonzac Temple on your left and continue down to the next intersection, where a sign points to Collège Font Belle. Turn right,uphill, then take the first little road on the left. A sign indicates ‘Le Chemin de Garancille’. Follow this path through the grapevines passing the first crossroads.
(2) At the T junction turn left then cross the D736 continuing on the path opposite. You'll come across a track, a little larger, turn right then leave it a few meters later turning right. Make a curve to the left then 100m later leave this well-maintained track for a grassy one to the right.
(3) Cross the D95 and head alongside the house. A large track heads towards a forest. In the forest ignore all the other paths and keep on in the same one until you arrive at a crossroads. This wide track, Chemin Boine, was an ancient route used by the Romans.
(4) Turn right onto this well-maintained trail and head alongside the motocross circuit, then cross the D736 arriving in Mainxe.
(5) Turn onto the second narrow lane and after having gone by the houses turn left onto a good track, then right through the grapevines. Cross another well-maintained track but continue ahead reaching a road.
(6) Cross the D18 and continue opposite up the small road. Leave that after about 500m to take a track on the left.
(7) At the first junction turn left on to a track which ascends. Turn left then right and continue to climb up. Coming across a small lane on a bend, continue ascending opposite.
(8) Go by the viewpoint indicator then continue on the track towards the forest.
(9) At the bottom, turn right onto a small road and just after the first dwelling turn left onto a track, first flat then downhill. Head down to the road.
(10) Cross the road and pass the edge of a small lake, leaving the road just after this for a track through the grapevines to the right. You'll reach a T junction near a hedge.
(11) Turn off to the left heading uphill then stay on the well-maintained track until the crossroads.
(12) Turn right near the small building. Stay on the well-maintained path until you reach the tarmac.
(13) Head left, downhill to reach Segonzac. At the following junction turn right towards the centre of town. Continue straight ahead to the Gendarmerie then turn right to get back to the wash-house (S/F).
D/A : km 0 - alt. 55m
1 : km 0.37 - alt. 53m - Segonzac Temple
2 : km 1.79 - alt. 41m - T junction, left
3 : km 3.19 - alt. 34m - Cross the D95
4 : km 4.39 - alt. 27m - Chemin boine
5 : km 5.94 - alt. 30m - Mainxe
6 : km 7.41 - alt. 44m - Straight on for a while
7 : km 8.35 - alt. 52m - Turn right
8 : km 9.44 - alt. 127m - Viewpoint indicator
9 : km 9.85 - alt. 144m - Go down to the right
10 : km 10.8 - alt. 76m - Towards Gratelot
11 : km 11.8 - alt. 70m - Turn left
12 : km 12.65 - alt. 103m - Turn left
13 : km 13.43 - alt. 86m - Go back to the centre of town
D/A : km 14.36 - alt. 55m
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Viewpoint indicator: a beautiful view over the vines which won a star in the famous "Guide Michelin".
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.
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