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.
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.
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).
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)
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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The region of Forterre is located on either side of the hills of the Kiméridgien, the waters coming out are calcareous, not drinkable. However, they allow aquatic life and significant biodiversity.
Beautiful views of the Auxerrois, the Hauts Plateaux de l'Yonne, part of the Puisaye are offered to hikers from the plateaux crossed.
Marked path n°32
Alternating ups and downs among the orchards, vineyards and crops. Beautiful views over the valley and the hillsides of Yonne.
All along the route, you will discover centenaries trees, educational signs about the chestnut tree.
This very natural outing allows you to discover the landscaped paths, shaped by man over the centuries. It allows, with some beautiful viewpoints, to discover the Puisaye and the town of Toucy, nestled against a hill.
Between the longer hikes around Toucy and the discovery of down-town, this walk allows you to gain heigh in order to contemplate this screen of greenery which surrounds the village. These paths, oftenly traveled, offered a great diversity.
Marked hike N°51.
From the old medieval castle, discover a village built between an old, partly dried-up marsh and a cliff. Druyes Valley offers a green setting that contrasts with the chalky rocks that support the ruined building.
Medieval castle, viaduct, springs, washhouses and heritage, something to enjoy with the family !
If that's not enough, a little bungee jump to get the adrenaline pumping ?
Druyes-les-Belles-Fontaines is classified in the villages "Cities of character of Bourgogne-Franche-Comté".
Marked hike n°62.
This site located in the void diagonal, as some like to say, conceals many assets.
If, with the help of agricultural machinery, the search for productivity was the goal in the middle of the 20th century, it has not led to the expected results. Today, it is towards a restoration of biodiversity that we are moving. The fauna and flora are gradually returning.
Discovering this heritage also helps to educate children.
Superb educational walk!
In the land of fruit trees, a walk through the valleys and hills. Sunken paths, springs, viewpoints and built heritage enhance this outing.
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