Interpretive trail at La Magdeleine

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.

Technical sheet
No. 134221
A Criteuil-la-Magdeleine walk posted on 16/07/15 by GCTourisme. Update : 10/02/16
Calculated time Calculated time: 0h25[?]
Distance Distance : 1.4km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 3m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 2m
Highest point Highest point : 38m
Lowest point Lowest point : 35m
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Criteuil-la-Magdeleine (16300)
Starting point Starting point : N 45.521971° / W 0.195519°
Map IGN Map (Click to buy) : Ref. 1632SB
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Walk along the river Né

Description

The walk begins at the picnic area.

Head off left to the first wooden footbridge. A wooden arrow, marked "Sentier Nature" will point you in the right direction.
(1) Then head left over a second footbridge, with a second arrow "Sentier Nature" pointing the way for you to discover the island of the Né valley. Afterwards retrace your steps to marker No.4, which can be found to your left once you leave the island. (this will allow you to discover 3 boards explaining the site's flora and fauna.)
Head due west-south-west and follow the stream to marker No.9 (2). Then turn right to walk the length of the poplar plantation where marker No.10 is located. Turn right again and make for marker No.16, which is located a few paces away from the start point of the trail.

Return to the picnic area by way of the footbridge on your left.

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. 37m
1 : km 0.07 - alt. 38m
2 : km 0.75 - alt. 36m
D/A : km 1.4 - alt. 38m

Useful Information

Parking available close to the picnic area.
A shelter is available in case of bad weather at the start of the trail.
Moutain bike accessible.
Discover the trail with friends, family and with your children. The markers are fun and accessible for everyone.

Kindly respect the recommendations found along the walk and alongside the river.

We advise taking IGN maps with you on this walk. Click here to buy : 1632SB.

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

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