Sentier Colette - Walking with Colette

Marked hike N°1.
This trail, dedicated to Colette, was opened in 1993 by the pupils of the Colette college of Saint-Sauveur en Puisaye. Along this trail, everything recalls the works of this author, born in Saint-Sauveur en Puisaye in 1873. The author has described her birthplace so well - that even though she has given other names to the villages and characters, you can sense her literature at every corner.

Technical sheet
No. 4098540
A Saint-Sauveur-en-Puisaye walk posted on 29/08/13 by Tamtraductions. Update : 19/04/20
Calculated time Calculated time: 1h50[?]
Distance Distance : 5.76km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 76m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 85m
Highest point Highest point : 284m
Lowest point Lowest point : 223m
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Area Area : Puisaye
Location Location : Saint-Sauveur-en-Puisaye (89520)
Starting point Starting point : N 47.616766° / E 3.198804°
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(S/F) Starting from the Colette Museum (car park below) go down the alley of lime trees and turn right onto «Rue de la Roche». After 50m turn left onto « Rue Colette ».

(1) Pass between the house, birthplace of Colette, on your left and the «front garden» to your right and immediately turn right onto «Rue des Gros Bonnets», then straight ahead onto « Rue du Bourg Gelé » (the Post Office will be on your left)
At the intersection, opposite the war memorial, head down to your left (road to St. Amand) for 80m and where the road makes a 90° angle, cross over to take the road opposite « Rue de Moutiers. »
Pass under the railway bridge and turn right to take the path that leads to « La Marseillaise»

(2) When you get to the hamlet, take the path to the left before the railroad. Continue on the main path. After the last house on the left there is a small path to the right (3) that allows for a round trip to the Batisse Potery.

(4) On the main path, cross the little bridge over the Loing River reaching Moutiers by turning right twice along the small tarmac road.
When you get to the village, explore the church (6) to the left along with the public wash-house coming from the left and the village square featuring the fontain of monk Glabert (5) and the former Abbey (remains) on your right.
At the stop sign, turn to left and go past the church, a monument known for its superb cloister and classified murals. At the end of this road turn left and go up as far as the crossing «the Lorets» (leave the stone path and choose the tarmac road 100m further on).
As you pass by the «Croix St. Pierre», made from Puisaye sandstone, you'll get an idea of the hardness of this rock. You'll discover the former extraction quarries by taking the dirt path just opposite at the next cross roads. Stroll along this path full of history. Once on the road, cut across the railway track and take the road opposite which goes past the church. Go up this road which runs partly along the back of the house and garden of Colette and at the top turn off to the left then to the right to reach the museum.

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. 269m - Musée Colette
1 : km 0.09 - alt. 265m - Maison natale de Colette
2 : km 1.32 - alt. 239m - Don't cross the railroad
3 : km 1.64 - alt. 225m - Little bridge over the Loing River - Loing (le)
4 : km 2.45 - alt. 227m - Fontaine du moine Glaber
5 : km 2.53 - alt. 227m - Eglise Saint-Pierre de Moutiers-en-Puisaye
6 : km 4.16 - alt. 284m - Croix Saint-Pierre
D/A : km 5.76 - alt. 269m - Musée Colette

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During the walk or to do/see around

Nearby - To visit:
The Colette Museum
The site of the Batisse: after the last house of the « Marseillaise hamlet (3) take the path which at first looks like the beginnig an entrance to a field and continue for 600m reaching « Batisse Potery » and the coated oven.
(5) The fountain of monk Glaber.
(6) The Church at Moutiers.

Should the desire to follow in the footsteps of Colette interest you, themed hikes with a guide are offered by the Tourist Office upon reservation.

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