At the heart of a Natura 2000 site, this circuit of just under 1.5 km will take you on a journey to discover this exceptional natural heritage, thanks to nine thematic panels scattered along the route. You can also enjoy a breathtaking view of Sens and its Saint-Étienne Cathedral, as well as the Yonne Valley.
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.
Green arrow markings for ‘La Boucle des Carrelottes’
The start of this route is the large informational sign, ‘Bienvenue sur le site Natura 2000’.
(D/A) With your back to the Church of Saint-Martin, take the tarmac road uphill and pass the viewpoint indicator a little further on to the left. Continue for a few dozen meters and leave the road to take a small path on the right (not indicated on the IGN map). At the end of this small path, enjoy the view of the village below, then go up again slightly to the left, until you find the tarmac road again. Continue on, going off to the right and continuing a little uphill.
(1) Several hundred metres further on, when you reach the wooden access barrier, leave the tarmac road again and turn left onto the grass. Continue to follow the same narrow, hilly path, passing a Highland cow enclosure (during grazing period only).
(2) When you reach the right angle junction, turn left onto a slightly wider path. Continue up and you will pass a sort of cavity in the escarpment on the left. Finally, continue until you get back to the Church of Saint-Martin (D/A).
D/A : km 0 - alt. 108m - Church of Saint-Martin
1 : km 0.52 - alt. 148m - Wooden barrier
2 : km 0.86 - alt. 90m - Right angle junction
D/A : km 1.3 - alt. 108m - Church of Saint-Martin
Some parts of this route are particularly narrow and steep, so good hiking shoes are recommended. Not suitable for young children and elderly people with mobility disabilities.
The Highland cow is a Scottish breed of cattle from the Highland region. It has a light to dark red, black, grey, or white coat with long hair and long horns that stick up in the air. (Source Wikipedia).
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During the hike: 9 thematic panels in French, English and German
Nearby: Ferme des Glaciers
Set off on a tour through the historic centre of Sens to discover the many tourist attractions of this beautiful city.
Reserved for walkers and cyclists, this easy loop in a calm setting will allow you to explore the Sens vine conservatory comprising more than 600 plants of 30 grape different varieties, before returning via the banks of the Yonne. Along the way, you’ll also find a sports circuit with gym apparatus, and a golf driving range.
This pleasant circuit offers beautiful views of the town of Villeneuve-sur-Yonne, thanks to its small climbs. The path across woodland provides shade on one-third of the route during sunny weather.
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