Saint-Sulpice-de-Cognac is pleasantly located between the marshlands of the Antenne River and limestone hillsides. There, are hidden the remains of the Agrippa Roman road as well as forgotten local railroad.
Cherves-Richemont is graced with the Antenne River and offers an unexpected diversity of landscapes. Its historic heritage is particularly rich: Romanesque churches, Château Chesnel, watermills, manor houses….
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.
(D) Starting point from Saint-Sulpice-de-Cognac Church. Facing the church, rue de Vaujompes, turn left towards Rue du Bourg then turn left again. At the junction, keep going straight on Rue de la Bidonnière and at the fork, turn left on to Rue du Petit Moulin. (1) When you reach the forest, take the little white path to the right. Follow that path to the location called ‘Chez Moreau’ and turn left on to Rue du Plessis. Walk by Château du Plessis located on your left (2). Follow that road, cross the D731 then the place called ‘Chez Bugeard’. At the first junction, turn on to the white path to the right, then at the fork, follow the path on the left-hand side. (3) Back on the road, at the place called ‘Saint-Martin’, turn left and at the crossing, left again. After the houses, at the junction, take the path to the right. After 350m, (4) at the electricity mast, turn left. Walk straight on, cross the D55 at the water tower and walk on for 1km.
(5) At the crossroads, with a manor to your left (logis de Bel-Endroit), go left on to the ancient Roman road. Walk straight on for a little over 1km, and at the X crossing, go right to meet the D159 and turn right. When you reach the place called ‘La Cassotte’ (6), follow the little path that goes straight and leave the road.
(7) At the little stone wall, walk past the big oak tree on your right and take the path to your left, walk along Antenne River, cross over and walk around Moulin de Prézier. Follow the path leaving the Moulin until you reach the D731 that you need to cross carefully. Walk on to the first path to the left after the woods. After 160m, follow the path to your right going across fields, carry on for just a bit over 250m and then turn left. Walk straight on until you reach the road and the place called ‘Pley’.
(8) Walk straight on to the place called ‘La Garnerie’ and (9) with the distillery to your right, take the road going left. Keep going straight towards Château Chesnel. (10) At the castle, go right and through the little wood. At the junction, go left and (11) left again at the crossroads. Go straight on for 1.5km walking through vines and woods. Cross the Pont de Fer (Iron Bridge), carry straight on to the cemetery then turn right to return to your starting point in front of the church (12).
D/A : km 0 - alt. 14m
1 : km 0.63 - alt. 25m - Right, at the place called le Petit Moulin
2 : km 1.47 - alt. 42m - Château du Plessis
3 : km 2.58 - alt. 55m - Junction : Turn left
4 : km 3.3 - alt. 97m - Electricity Mast : turn left
5 : km 4.95 - alt. 86m - Logis de Bel-Endroit : turn left
6 : km 6.44 - alt. 24m - La Cassotte : straight on
7 : km 6.84 - alt. 21m - Moulin de Prézier
8 : km 8.54 - alt. 46m - Chez Pley : straight on
9 : km 9.02 - alt. 57m - La Garnerie : turn left
10 : km 9.58 - alt. 48m - Château Chesnel : turn left
11 : km 10.12 - alt. 24m - Crossroads : turn left
12 : km 11.16 - alt. 14m - Pont de fer (Iron Bridge) : straight on
D/A : km 11.99 - alt. 14m
Follow the yellow waymarks. Path also suitable for mountain bikes.
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(D) Saint-Sulpice-de-Cognac Church – 12th century. Restored in the middle of the 20th century.
(2) Château de Plessis – 19th century. Belongs to Camus cognac house.
(5) Logis de Bel-Endroit – 17th century and Roman road (Via Agrippa)
(7) François 1er oak tree, Vineyard Repository, Moulin de Prézier, 18th century, converted into a gite.
(10) Château Chesnel – 17th century (open to visits)
(12) Pont de Fer (Iron Bridge)
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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