Toucy's Nature and Heritage

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.

Technical sheet
No. 21235596
A Toucy walk posted on 22/04/22 by OT Puisaye-Forterre. Update : 25/04/22
Calculated time Calculated time: 3h10[?]
Distance Distance : 9.83km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 116m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 117m
Highest point Highest point : 270m
Lowest point Lowest point : 178m
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Area Area : Puisaye
Location Location : Toucy (89130)
Starting point Starting point : N 47.733451° / E 3.29421°
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The Departure and return parking lot is located in the center of Toucy, place des Frères Genêt: other parking lot available behind the Post Office.
Marked hike n°16.
(D/A) To enter the city, go in the small street on the rightof the store with large windows. Arrive Rue Paul Bert, cross the sidewalk opposite and turn left. At the roundabout with the statue of Pierre Larousse on the left, go up Rue Paul Verger on the right. In front of the town hall building, continue up Rue du Marché on the left.

lmost at the top (before the cross street), turn left, pass in front of the church porch and go around the building to arrive in Rue Ecce Homo. Do not go down this one, but continue in the Rue de la Croix Saint-Germain, leaving the church behind you. At the crossroads located just before the cemetery, go down to the left.

(1) Cross carefully Avenue Aristide Briand and go straight. At the intersection with Rue des 6 Deniers, turn right. At the end of this street, turn left and go down towards the supermarket.

(2) Go to the right, pass in front of the California buildings (recycling and recovery center). Continue in this street lined with plane trees. At the crossroads, near an agricultural machinery workshop, turn left in the direction of Rumaru - la Roche.

(3) Go straigth and reach a large curve with a path opposite. Take it and at the fork, descend to the left.

(4) Go to the left, going down a large stone path. Leave the school entrance on the left and also the entrance of the accomodation buildings on the right, to reach a side street. Turn right and keep going in this street, pass in front of an old mill with its reach. Cross the bridge that spanning the arm of the river, then cross carefully the railway.

(5) Cross very carefully and turn right remaining vigilant to walk about 200 meters. Then go in the small road on the left to La Perreuse. Leave the farm on the right and walk on a stretch bordered by original trees called "trognes".

(6) Take this road on the left for about 200 meters, leaving a first side path on the left. Take the second, merging a little at the very beginning with the meadow. Continue keeping the hedge on your right to reach the intersection of a descending path and a path placed between the fence on the left and an embankment on the right.

(7) Go down to the left for a round trip to the Fontaine des Fours (picnic possible). Back at the crossroads, turn left on the path below the embankment. At the next fork, bear left, follow the brook on the right (little or no water in summer). Arrive in a clearer space with crops, climb the path to reach a plateau. Turn right, keeping the main path which runs along a ditch on the right.

(8) At the first houses (including the one on the right with a set of mural paintings), go on the left a portion of street that ends in a path (not marked on the IGN background). End up on a road. Continue on it until the Toucy agglomeration sign.

(9) Turn right and go down to find a way on the railway after the last houses on the left. Join the street downstream and take it on the right.

(10) Cross carefully Rue du Pont Capureau on the safe crossing, go up to the right and immediately turn left before the level crossing. Stay on the left and keep going along the houses. Follow direction "Aire de loisirs". Looking at a nice pond surrounded by trees, turn right to go along a property. Cross the ditch and in front of the pond, go left. Keep following your left to cross the Ouanne river on the footbrige. Go up to buldings to find back the parking lot (D/A).

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. 187m
1 : km 0.74 - alt. 196m - Crossing with Avenue Aristide Briand - Eglise Saint-Pierre de Toucy
2 : km 1.01 - alt. 187m - In front, supermarket - La Californie
3 : km 2.01 - alt. 199m - crossing with the road leading to Champeau
4 : km 3.37 - alt. 214m - Crossing of 4 paths
5 : km 4.36 - alt. 189m - Outlet on the road RD950
6 : km 5.68 - alt. 213m - Outlet on an asphalt road
7 : km 6.07 - alt. 217m - Go and return at la Fontaine des Fours
8 : km 7.38 - alt. 269m - Hamlet Les Baillis
9 : km 8.43 - alt. 216m - Crossroads with la Renauderie
10 : km 9.19 - alt. 189m - Rue du Pont Capureau
D/A : km 9.83 - alt. 187m - L'Ouanne (rivière)

Useful Information

Attention : the mentioned parking lot is sometimes full on saturday morning, because of the weekly market (one of the most beautiful and famous in the area).
In winter, paths can be muddy. Good shoes are necessary.
Pic-nic allowed at la Fontaine des Fours (lovely countryside) or around the pond, at the arrival (many tables around).
(5) Along your way on road D950, a particularlyalterness is necessary because of little visibility in the two consecutive curves. Don't be surprised by the crossing of vehicles or too silent electric cars.
This marked trail following the markup charter of the Community of Communes of Puisaye-Forterre bears the number 16 inscribed on plates with a yellow background.
The markup was carried out by the association A chacun son chemin en Puisaye-Forterre in May 2021.
In case of trouble, thank you to fill the questionnary (it will take you 1 or 2 minutes).
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.

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

All along the way, a lot of stops are possible. Among them, you will have :
In Toucy, all the downtown with Saint Peter's Church.
(2) La Californie : recycling and recovery center, circular economy and solidarity stores.
A lot of houses built in a Puisaye style (ferruginous sandstone, flint, bricks, lime). When passing the railway located shortly after Champeau, notice the ballast composed mainly of ferruginous sandstone.
(7) The Fontaine des Fours with its washhouse located far from the hamlet of Les Fours.
(8) The wall paintings representing the famous women and men of Puisaye-Forterre.
(9) Before turning right, take a few moments to contemplate the view of the city. A little higher, at the old Renauderie farm, notice on the right an old barn typical of local farms.

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