Saint-Sulpice-de-Cognac / Cherves-Richemont - Sentier des Chauffeurs

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….

Technical sheet
No. 112892
A Saint-Sulpice-de-Cognac walk posted on 13/04/15 by GCTourisme. Update : 24/03/16
Calculated time Calculated time: 3h50[?]
Distance Distance : 11.99km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 135m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 130m
Highest point Highest point : 99m
Lowest point Lowest point : 12m
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Saint-Sulpice-de-Cognac (16370)
Starting point Starting point : N 45.759564° / W 0.381219°
Map IGN Map (Click to buy) : Ref. 1631SB, 1632SB
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Description

(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).

Waypoints :
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

Useful Information

Follow the yellow waymarks. Path also suitable for mountain bikes.

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During the walk or to do/see around

(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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