An all-season trail in this region of Puisaye amid hedges (bouchures), heritage, and legends.
(D/A) Start from Moutiers-en-Puisaye church carpark, and take a small road to the east up to the first junction.
(1)From there take the road ahead, which leads uphill slightly to the right. Follow this road past Le Tourailler and Saint Michel (2) to reach the main road (D955).
(3) Turn right along the main road and continue for 100m. Caution with the traffic. Then turn left along a tarred road. Continue past the Trois Fontaines (Three Fountains) and carry straight on until you reach the Orme du Pont pond.
(4) Continue with the pond on your left and head uphill to the right towards Dubois. Follow this road, passing the farm Les Jacquots on your right, and then the hamlet of Les Veillats on your left.
(5) Pass an old brickyard on your left and then cross the main road again from Saint-Sauveur-en Puisaye to Saint Amand (D955).
(6) Continue through the village of Les Cagnats, so named after the early potters of the region. Stay on this road to return down into the village of Moutiers and back to the church carpark.
D/A : km 0 - alt. 226m - Moutiers-en-Puisaye church car park
1 : km 0.23 - alt. 229m - Continue ahead at junction
2 : km 1.1 - alt. 283m - Continue past Saint Michel
3 : km 2.18 - alt. 254m - Turn right along main road
4 : km 4.15 - alt. 241m - Orme du Pont pond - Loing (le)
5 : km 7.24 - alt. 267m - Old brickyard
6 : km 7.86 - alt. 276m - Les Cagnats
D/A : km 9.16 - alt. 226m - Moutiers-en-Puisaye church car park
You need to be very careful to respect the highway code when following this route. Pay attention when crossing the roads. There is not a lot of traffic on the smaller roads, but nonetheless be careful!
There are a lot of shady spots along the way. Most of the walk takes you along old drystone paths that have been tarred in recent times, linking the hamlets.
This walk is sign-posted with mountain biking signs with the N° 4 on them. You will see this signposting at the crossroads.
This walk can be done on foot or by mountain bike.
Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.
At the start, the church of Moutiers is worth visiting for its mural paintings and you may also be able to visit the sacristy and the piscina (a stone basin used for draining the holy water used during mass). In the church carpark, there is a statue of the monk Glabert. On the route above the graveyard, in a small lane to the right, you can see the sandstone monument of Croix Saint-Pierre (2).
In the village of Cagnats (6) it is worth stopping to visit the old recumbent kiln (in the first small road on the right).
During the descent towards Moutiers, after the farm Les Lorets, stop to listen to the murmur of the spring that in days gone by was said to cure malaria.
This walk is registered at the PDIPR in Yonne and is proposed by the Tourist Office.
After a brief incursion into the grounds of the Colette castle/museum and the passage at the foot of the Saracen tower, this walk continues through the countryside along the lanes of the Puisaye.
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