Water and Woods Hiking Trail

Marked hike N°24.
Leaving from the fairground, you will walk along paths that have a mysterious past and are steeped in legends.

Technical sheet
No. 4098528
A Treigny walk posted on 02/08/13 by Sarita J. Update : 06/06/20
Calculated time Calculated time: 4h25[?]
Distance Distance : 13.96km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 143m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 141m
Highest point Highest point : 303m
Lowest point Lowest point : 227m
Moderate Difficulty : Moderate
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Area Area : Puisaye
Location Location : Treigny (89520)
Starting point Starting point : N 47.550776° / E 3.181724°
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Depart from the square of Champ de Foire (the fairground square), at the bottom of the hiking sign, at the corner of Rue du Petit Pont and the cemetery. There are carparks and a parking area for camper vans 80m away.

(D/A) Go up Rue du Petit Pont, heading up to the village centre. When you arrive in front of the church, turn slightly left to go up Rue du Couvent, you will reach the tennis court, walking alongside the new cemetery on the left. Go along the well-shaded path.

(1) At the ford, leave the river Vrille on your right to head up North until you reach the paved road, which you take to the left.

(2) Take it from the left. About 300m after, just after a path on your left (in the walking way), go to the right. Go along a field then hedges on both side to cross a road.

(3) Go straight to take the path in front of you. Climb quietly and join the forst houses of Les Perriers.

(4) At the crossroad, go on the right and at the exit of the hamlet, leave the tar going straight to a dirt road.

(5) Cross the road and go on the right staying on the tar road going on the left (the path facing you is private). Go straight, with caution at the crossroads with road D66.

(6) Turn on the right and keep this main path that goes to the étang de Chassin.

(7) Cross the road (D955) carefuly then climp the path and join the road (D66).

(8) Go left to wlak above 200 meters. Leave this path to fork the very first small dirt and sand path on the left.

(9) At the end of this path, the footbridge will allow you to cross the marsh and the old reach of Moulin Cognot. Go up between the houses. At the crossroads with D955, cross carefuly and take the opposite path. It arrives at Guénerie.

(10) Take right, the path that will bring you to Crot Maçon. Keep going straight, leaving all others path on right and left.

(11) At the crossroads of 5 paths -including a fairly wide forest path-, choose the forest path by turning slightly to the left (South-West direction).

(12) At the end of this forest path, for the last part, go down to the left. The road is quite shaded, forming in places a beautiful canopy of trees ; leave on both sides the localities les Pautrats, Bourg sans Paille, les Martins.


Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. 233m - Angle Rue du petit pont et cimetière - Auberge de jeunesse de Treigny
1 : km 1.31 - alt. 231m - La Vrille
2 : km 2.34 - alt. 242m - Lead to a road
3 : km 3.3 - alt. 263m - Lead to a road
4 : km 4.1 - alt. 287m - Locality les Perriers
5 : km 4.84 - alt. 291m - Lead to a road
6 : km 5.68 - alt. 303m - Go North on the main path
7 : km 6.39 - alt. 270m - Cross and climb the opposite dirt path
8 : km 7.03 - alt. 292m - At the road, twice left spaced of 200 meters apart
9 : km 8.23 - alt. 248m - Footbridge above the marsh
10 : km 9.43 - alt. 293m - On the right in the dirt path
11 : km 10.86 - alt. 279m - Choose the opposite forest path
12 : km 11.23 - alt. 295m - Fork right
13 : km 12.68 - alt. 270m - Château de Ratilly
14 : km 13.12 - alt. 249m - À la croix, emprunter la petite voie goudronnée
D/A : km 13.96 - alt. 233m - Angle Rue du Petit Pont et cimetière - Auberge de jeunesse de Treigny

Useful Information

Cross the road D955 twice, careful with the traffic. The passage over the mars was made by volunteer hikers. This part of the course is also inhabited by a large fauna including mosquitoes, so, get your repellents. This trail is part of the registered hikes at the PDIPR of Yonne. This trail is offered by the Tourist Office of Puisaye-Forterre__ If you have encountered a difficulty (obstacle, lack of sign, lack of maintenance…), please tell us. It is marked with directional signs and bears N°24.

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

At point (13), depending on the season, you can follow the walkway of Ratilly castle https://www.chateauderatilly.fr/ and even visit it.

The village of Treigny is well worth the visit as is the potters village of Saint-Amand-en-Puisaye.

Accomodation (youth hostel, bed and breakfasts, and even holiday cottages) and cafés and restaurants are found in the village.

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