The Forêt de Montmorency and its Southwest border

A walk in the larger Val d'Oise forest, located only 20 kilometres north of Paris. Chestnut trees are plentiful in this hilly area with ponds and historical sites. A walk to the southwest border will let you discover some interesting features of the local heritage.

Technical sheet
No. 4098867
A Montlignon walk posted on 08/04/15 by djhoward. Update : 03/12/18
Calculated time Calculated time: 4h55[?]
Distance Distance : 15.29km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 196m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 192m
Highest point Highest point : 191m
Lowest point Lowest point : 102m
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Montlignon (95680)
Starting point Starting point : N 49.023201° / E 2.296132°
Download : -
Montmorency national forest


Start point

The walk begins at the Bouquet de la Vallée, which is located at 122 Rue de Paris (D909) to Montlignon (Val d'Oise).

Ceinture Verte GRP markers for the l'Île de France (Red and Yellow)

As soon as you enter the National Forest of Montmorency, turn right on the tarmac road that leads to the Château de la Chasse. When you arrive at the pond, continue around it to the château (1). Then continue left on this road which becomes a path that is more-or-less passable a little further on. It takes a very wide, irregular curve to the right of approximately two kilometres before arriving at the Carrefour de la Cailleuse crossroads.

(2: Continue, turning left and between plots 88 and 101. When you can see a road (D192p) about 300m further on, turn left on the trail that climbs up on small hill. Turn right to cross the picnic area and the D192p)3::. Cross the road and then, after a hundred meters, veer to the left on the red and yellow marked GRP which twists and turns before going alongside plot 112.

::4: At the next intersection, where plots 97, 112 and 113 meet, turn left. On the corner of plot 123, turn right on the road between plots 113 and 122 and continue until the junction of the Porte Paradis.

"No markers"

(5). Turn left on the Route des Princes and continue up to the Route de la Croix on which you turn left between plots 99 and 199 (6).
This road leads you to the Étang Godard pond, in the centre of the Camp of Caesar roundabout.
Go right on the second path, then continue for about 300m to reach a marked GR trail that you take to the right.

Red and White GR Markers

This path will lead you to the Eglise Notre-Dame-de-l-Assomption de Taverny taking you alongside the cemetery (7). After going around the church, continue left on the Rue de l'Ecce Homo, and then turn right on the Chemin des Saussaies which descends. When you arrive at the Coberges path, turn left on it.

"No markers"

(8: Continue until the Sente des Tampons on which you turn left to go back up to the Rue de l'Ecce Homo close to the Chapel of the same name)9::. Go around the chapel to the left and then right on the Chemin de l'Ecce Homo which rises steeply. At the top of the hill, you'll find the GR markers at the intersection.

Red and White GR Markers

::10: Follow the GR opposite and slightly to the right (northeast) that follows windy paths until the crossing with the Route des Parquets, where plots 122, 123, 173 and 174 meet.

"No markers"

::11: Turn right on the Route des Parquets and continue until the D192p that you cross to take the right-hand path (south) that reaches the Carrefour de Bellevue junction where you'll find a car park.

::12: Turn 90° left on the trail along plot 161. After a long descent it comes out at the crossroads of the Carrefour du Chêne aux Mouches where you can see the entrance gate to the Maison Forestière de Bois Corbon.
Turn right on the Route des Parquets and go up to the Route du Plumet close to the Étang Marie pond.

::13: Turn left and follow this road which rises to join the Route du Milieu at the Carrefour du Plumet.

::14: Turn right on the Route du Milieu to go between plots 71 and 139 which will take you back to the Bouquet de la Vallée car park.

That's the end of the walk.

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. 102m
1 : km 0.9 - alt. 110m - Château de la Chasse
2 : km 3.18 - alt. 167m - Carrefour de la Cailleuse intersection
3 : km 4.09 - alt. 172m - D192p junction car park
4 : km 4.92 - alt. 168m - Turn left between plots 112 and 113.
5 : km 5.94 - alt. 186m - Carrefour de la Porte Paradis
6 : km 6.81 - alt. 184m - Turn left between plots 197 and 199.
7 : km 8.16 - alt. 126m - Church Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption
8 : km 8.55 - alt. 116m - Sente des Coberges
9 : km 9.01 - alt. 143m - Chapelle de l'Ecce Homo
10 : km 9.43 - alt. 177m - Haut de la côte balisage GR
11 : km 10.54 - alt. 188m - Wide path, turn right
12 : km 11.48 - alt. 182m - Carrefour de Bellevue intersection
13 : km 12.91 - alt. 132m - Etang Marie pond
14 : km 14.01 - alt. 165m - Route du Milieu, turn right
D/A : km 15.29 - alt. 102m

Useful Information

Walking shoes and drinks.
The ground can be muddy at times.

You can get to the start point by car or by bus.

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

The Château de la Chasse.

The Fontaine Sainte-Radegonde.

The Église Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption de Taverny.

The Chapelle de l'Ecce Homo in Taverny.

The Taverny vine.

Other walks in the area

distance 16.5km Vertical gain +54m Vertical drop -61m Durée 4h50 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Paris - 75 - Paris

A walk through Paris exploring the Left Bank and its quartiers.

distance 10.15km Vertical gain +86m Vertical drop -87m Durée 3h10 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Chars - 95 - Val-d'Oise

Walk starting from Chars SNCF station passing the Château de Saint-Cyr-sur-Chars.
On the way back to Chars there is a narrow pedestrian passage that starts with a staircase.

distance 15.2km Vertical gain +207m Vertical drop -148m Durée 4h55 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Igny (Essonne) - 91 - Essonne

Hike connecting Igny (Essonne) to the Palace of Versailles. The route follows the Bievre, and 80% of the route is on roads through forests. A calm, cool walk with scenery that will leave you with a unique souvenir.

Following the Bièvre river through Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines in Igny
distance 19.3km Vertical gain +20m Vertical drop -109m Durée 5h35 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Montigny-le-Bretonneux - 78 - Yvelines

The upstream part of this series of three hikes devoted to the Bièvre river. A very pleasant walk along the river and its bodies of water, in a mostly rural setting. A hike from station to station, which can be used to adjust the length depending on the weather conditions or desires of the hikers.

The Tête Ronde Forest and Saint-Aubin Wood
distance 7.66km Vertical gain +97m Vertical drop -91m Durée 2h30 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Villiers-le-Bâcle - 91 - Essonne

A hike which is mostly in the forest, with lovely sections along the Mérantaise river and the ditches which run down from the Saclay Plateau.

distance 15.43km Vertical gain +86m Vertical drop -89m Durée 4h40 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Crosne - 91 - Essonne

This walk starts in Crosne, goes through the Grange Forest and then through the town of Yerres before reaching Park Caillebotte where the painter lived. The walk goes along the Yerres River and finishes by going alongside the communal gardens in Villeneuve-Saint-Georges.

For more walks, use our search engine.

The GPS track and description are the property of the author.