The Chemin des ânes (the donkey trail)

An easy, child-friendly walk, and dogs are allowed. A semi-shaded route, to see donkeys and sheep near Domaine de la Source, and along a lake.

Technical sheet
No. 58903
A Fontenilles walk posted on 27/04/14 by stan. Update : 23/02/16
Calculated time Calculated time: 1h10[?]
Distance Distance : 3.86km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 13m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 13m
Highest point Highest point : 204m
Lowest point Lowest point : 186m
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : No
Walking Walking
Location Location : Fontenilles (31470)
Starting point Starting point : N 43.552982° / E 1.236028°
Arrival Arrival : N 43.554008° / E 1.237165°
Map IGN Map (Click to buy) : Ref. 2043O
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Start at Cantelauze school car park in Fonsorbes.
Cross the road and take Chemin de Thière (towards the Écurie de l’Orchidée stables). After a few tens of metres, at the fork (1), do not continue to the stables but take the dirt road on the left. Continue by making a succession of left-right turns to stay on the edge of the woods on the left. After this first wood, head to a second small wood to the right. Head into the wood and keep alongside the wood to the right. Take care at the junction with houses opposite: you have to go right and climb over a ditch, normally dry. Continuing onwards, you meet a path that leads to a property called "Roch". You can enter right at the start and follow along the water’s edge to the left. Behind the property, you enter a path which follows the water’s edge. At the end of this road, you cross a hiking trail (2) used by cyclists, so be careful if you have dogs. Turn right on the hiking trail. At the end you will find donkeys and sheep (allow for a short break just before you arrive here to have a picnic as there is a nice view).
At Domaine de la Source after the sheep, take the path on the right (3) to return to the starting point past the Écurie de l’Orchidée stables.
Look at the pictures, they are accompanied by a description that can help.

Waypoints :
D : km 0 - alt. 199m
1 : km 0.15 - alt. 199m
2 : km 1.89 - alt. 187m
3 : km 2.5 - alt. 187m
A : km 3.86 - alt. 199m

Useful Information

The lake runs along the first third of the walk.
Poitou donkeys and sheep are to be found in the second third of the hike.
A nice spot for a break at the 2 rocks on the GR before coming across the donkeys.
Plan a picnic to enjoy the view.
Remember to provide a bag for your waste, take care of the environment!

This path is not well known so take care of it.

We advise taking IGN maps with you on this walk. Click here to buy : 2043O.

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

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distance 14.12km Vertical gain +248m Vertical drop -248m Durée 4h40 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Clermont-le-Fort - 31 - Haute-Garonne

This hike is based on the route published by SICOVAL "Circular walk from Notre-Dame des Bois", which I modified at the end.

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