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Marked hike N°2.
A hike in the heart of the birthplace of Colette. Through woods and passing by ponds, often described in her work.

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No. 4098725
A Saint-Sauveur-en-Puisaye walk posted on 09/11/14 by Tamtraductions. Update : 19/09/20
Calculated time Calculated time: 3h35[?]
Distance Distance : 11.64km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 81m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 74m
Highest point Highest point : 292m
Lowest point Lowest point : 228m
Moderate Difficulty : Moderate
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 47.616602° / E 3.198809°
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(S/F) Start at «Place du Château» («Place Blanche» car park) in Saint-Sauveur-en-Puisaye. Head off to rue de la Roche that you'll take to the right and then branch off left down Rue Colette.

(1) Take the first right, Rue des Gros Bonnets. Go straight on past the post office on your left and when you get to the intersection with Rue Gerbaude continue along this road leaving the war memorial on your left.

(2) Pass the main crossing taking the road towards Toucy. During the climb, ignore Rue des Chats. About 100m further on, enter the stadium, go along the hedge bordering the road and down the path on the left (between the changing rooms and tennis courts) arriving on a narrow road.

(3) Head right, going past «camping Joumiers», ignore the farm on the right and take the first path on the left. This path leads to the D7. Turn right then left towards «Ronchères». At the next crossroads go right and continue for 200m before taking a path on the left which ends up on a little road that leads to a few houses and ends in front of the woods.

(4) Take the dirt track that enters the underwood which, in places, follows the enclosure of the estate on the right. At the first crossroads turn right.

(5) Leave the track to turn left onto a path that ends up on the D7. Take the tarmac road opposite, pass through the «étang des Barres» dike (also called «étang des Gouttes»).

(6) At the large curve that this little road forms, take the path that goes right. The path leads to the D955.

(7) Cross the road carefully to get to the path on the other side. Once you get to the outskirts of St.-Sauveur, at the end of this path and turn right heading downhill. Take the road towards «Ouanne» (on the left) for 50m.

(8) Enter the park along the alley bordered by lime trees on each side. Pass by the foot of «Tour Sarrazine», and the Colette Museum to reach the car park.

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. 268m - Musée Colette
1 : km 0.12 - alt. 262m - Maison natale de Colette
2 : km 0.61 - alt. 249m - Impluvium wash-house - Lavoir de la Gerbaude
3 : km 1.55 - alt. 247m - Small road after the stadium
4 : km 2.06 - alt. 241m - Camping des Joumiers (Saint-Sauveur-en-Puisaye)
5 : km 3.28 - alt. 243m
6 : km 5.29 - alt. 267m - The path leads heads off to the right through the
7 : km 6.19 - alt. 276m - Leave the main path and take a left
8 : km 8.72 - alt. 241m - Leave the road to take a right
9 : km 10.11 - alt. 265m - Cross over of main road
10 : km 11.28 - alt. 287m - Entrance before the great gate
D/A : km 11.64 - alt. 268m - Musée Colette

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For further information : Tourist Office de puisaye-Forterre

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

During the walk or to do/see around

Nearby - To visit :
The village of St-Sauveur, Tour Sarrasine, Colette Museum.
The house, birthplace of Colette (1) is located on «rue Colette». Visits upon reservation.
Possible visit during the trip to the Impluvium wash-house (2).

Opinions and comments


Global average : 2.33/5
Number of opinions : 1
Clarity of route description : 2/5
Clarity of route map : 4/5
Walk interest : 1/5

Admin walker
on Mon 01 Apr 2019 16:42:07 CEST

We are sorry to read that. Feel free to suggest any modification to improve the description quality. (What was unclear ? Where ? What do you think is better to say ? etc.)

on Mon 01 Apr 2019 09:47:09 CEST

Global average : 2.33 / 5

Date of walk : 31/03/19
Clarity of route description : Disappointing
Clarity of route map : Good
Walk interest : Very disappointing

My wife and I did this walk yesterday – it was a beautiful sunny Spring day – idyllic walking weather - however this walk was quite disappointing. Very little of interest to view apart from the beautiful lake – Etangs des Gouttes.
The walk was littered with fallen saplings and branches so our progress was inhibited. Also many of the woodland paths were very muddy in parts despite the recent dry weather –it must be a quagmire in wet weather. Other walkers informed us that the paths are used by motocross blaggards who churn up the paths with their scramblers – outrageous. Overall the route path is not at all maintained by the local authorities which is quite remiss.
Also a distinct lack of any facilities for walkers to sit and take refreshments – only one rickety old bench by the lakeside over the course of the whole 12 kms route – not at all conducive to attracting walkers.
The village of Saint-Sauveur-en-Puisaye is lovely and quite unspoilt and the Musée de Colette is excellent – but we sadly cannot recommend this walk.

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