The washhouses of Coulangeron

The springs and washhouses without forgetting the Château and the Chapel of Chéry will be the most important heritage sites to discover for this outing. Throughout this route, alternation between valleys and hills where points of view are numerous.

Technical sheet
No. 20464812
A Coulangeron walk posted on 26/03/22 by OT Puisaye-Forterre. Update : 25/04/22
Calculated time Calculated time: 4h10[?]
Distance Distance : 12.09km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 242m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 234m
Highest point Highest point : 342m
Lowest point Lowest point : 211m
Moderate Difficulty : Moderate
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Area Area : Puisaye
Location Location : Coulangeron (89580)
Starting point Starting point : N 47.680794° / E 3.470511°
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Marked hike n°6.
The departure is from the parking lot located at the foot of the Coulangeron washhouse, below the church.

(D/A) Reach the church and opposite it, go to the left. At the crossroads, turn right into Rue de la Chaumotte. This ends at the last houses on the way. At the intersection, go straight on leaving the side exits. On the plateau, let slip a first junction on the left, then a second on the right. Go down towards the wood to reach the bottom of the valley.

(1) Turn right. Keep the main path to pass under a power line. Come out on a road junction. A washhouse with picnic area is located about 50 meters on the left.

(2) Coming back from this washhouse, go up the asphalt road on the left.

(3) At the end of a crossroads of streets and roads, leave the first right fork and take the road D83 to the right (direction Ouanne); walk about 50 meters to take the path on the left. Shortly before a grove, with a view overlooking the village of Usselot on the left, turn right (hill 328). Reach a road.

(4) Turn left and shortly after right into the second path. At the next intersection, turn right. At the next crossing, go straight ahead and dive towards the wood. Reach a road.

(6) Turn right into the second path (located shortly before the washhouse). A good climb leads to a plateau of agricultural crops. Leave the side paths at the first and second crossroads.

(7) Turn right. After about 400 meters, go straight on at the first crossroads to descend to the left at the next one. Cross the Bois de Chéry, pass at the foot of the castle and its French garden.

(8) At the laundry, leave the road to go up the path on the right. At the T formed by the agricultural routes, turn left (a round trip to the chapel of Chéry is recommended).

(9) Shortly after passing under a power line, opposite the village of La Grilletière, go to the right. The path descends to les Chocats.

(10) Cross the road and go up the street with its central gutter. At the top, in the curve described by this path, take the path on the right.

(11) After a fairly steep climb, bear right towards the wood. Stay on the edge, forget a start on the left.

(12) Take the path on the left which passes under a farm building and keep it to find the junction at the start. Go down the paved road on the right, reach the parking lot (D/A).

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. 263m - Église Saint-Charles (Coulangeron)
1 : km 1.03 - alt. 257m - Crossroads of 4 paths at the bottom of the valley
2 : km 1.96 - alt. 304m - Washhouse of Crapoule
3 : km 2.36 - alt. 328m - Road junction
4 : km 3.83 - alt. 338m - Ended on a road
5 : km 4.91 - alt. 293m - Arrival at Crosle-le-Haut
6 : km 5.77 - alt. 258m - Arrival at Crosle-le-Bas and its washhouse
7 : km 6.49 - alt. 296m - T-crossing
8 : km 8.5 - alt. 235m - Château and washhouse of Chéry
9 : km 9.41 - alt. 219m - View upon la Grilletière
10 : km 9.73 - alt. 215m - Arrival at les Chocats
11 : km 10.51 - alt. 261m - Opposite wood
12 : km 11.45 - alt. 244m - Road and wastewater treatment station below
D/A : km 12.09 - alt. 263m - Église Saint-Charles (Coulangeron)

Useful Information

Many springs, washhouses and water features are present on this route, none of these water points is drinkable.
Bring a hat, water and supplies if the picnic is planned.
Picnic area and shelter at points (D/A, 2, 6).
This marked trail following the markup charter of the Community of Communes of Puisaye-Forterre bears the number 6 inscribed on plates with a yellow background.
The markup was carried out by the association A chacun son chemin en Puisaye-Forterre in December 2021.
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Careful when you cross roads.
The fact that the markup is mentioned however requires that you leave at least with this description and its IGN map or the visorando app.

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