Crêtes de Segonzac circuit

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.

Technical sheet
No. 280549
A Segonzac walk posted on 15/06/16 by GCTourisme. Update : 02/02/18
Calculated time Calculated time: 3h05[?]
Distance Distance : 9.79km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 99m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 104m
Highest point Highest point : 137m
Lowest point Lowest point : 49m
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Segonzac (16130)
Starting point Starting point : N 45.617277° / W 0.217327°
Map IGN Map (Click to buy) : Ref. 1632SB
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Description

Start from the lavoir (wash-house) behind the church. Waymarked in yellow.

(S/F) Skirt the cognac-production estate and take the road on your left – Rue Aimé Richard. Just before the Médiathèque turn right, Rue Traversière. At the end turn left in front of the bakery.

(1) Head up to the right, take Rue Henry Gourry Laurand. At the end there's a double bend and the tarmac disappears: continue on a well-maintained path, head uphill awhile before descending. Take a bend to the left, then right. Go past several trees, then the path heads uphill.

(2) After a good 100m leave the well-maintained path and turn left onto a grassy path between the vineyards, which crosses many other pathways. Keep going straight ahead.

(3) Cross the D1, continuing opposite, staying on this path and ignoring any intersections until arriving at a T junction with vines ahead of you.

(4) Turn left. The path ends up at a small road by an intersection. Continue straight on towards Mortefond.

(5) After having passed by several houses, turn right in between some buildings. The tarmac then disappears and the path turns heads uphill to the left.

(6) Turn right by an isolated tree, remaining on the same waymarked path through the vineyard. The path turns to the left, then left again before reaching a small wood. Walk alongside it for several meters before entering.

(7) At the T junction with a well-maintained chalk path, turn left. The path goes alongside several wooded areas, sometimes left, sometimes right, heading downhill little by little to avoid being surrounded by grape vines.

(8) At the crossroads in the middle of the vines continue straight ahead towards a small building. Stay on this path which becomes a tarmac road.

(9) Head down to the left to return to Segonzac.

(10)At the next intersection turn right towards the centre of town along Rue Gaston Briand. Continue straight ahead until you reach the Gendarmerie, then turn right to go back to the lavoir (wash-house). (S/F)

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. 57m
1 : km 0.38 - alt. 57m - Right, Rue Henry Gourry Laurand
2 : km 2.02 - alt. 53m - Grassy path to the left
3 : km 3.12 - alt. 60m - D1 continues ahead
4 : km 4.86 - alt. 69m - T junction, turn left.
5 : km 5.56 - alt. 93m - Turn right, between buildings
6 : km 5.88 - alt. 121m - Turn right by sole tree
7 : km 6.37 - alt. 137m - T junction, turn left
8 : km 8.05 - alt. 103m - Crossroad in the middle of the vines, ahead
9 : km 8.84 - alt. 86m - Tarmac road, descend left
10 : km 9.21 - alt. 62m - Rue Gaston Briand
D/A : km 9.79 - alt. 56m

Useful Information

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