Circuit around Larchant

The very enjoyable scent of pine is everywhere. And the small sand dune that I would the "Little Dune of Pyla" is lovely.

Technical sheet
A Larchant walk posted on 28/04/14 by christi45. Update : 08/01/18
Calculated time Calculated time: 2h15[?]
Distance Distance : 7.17km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 87m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 88m
Highest point Highest point : 119m
Lowest point Lowest point : 71m
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Larchant (77760)
Starting point Starting point : N 48.303475° / E 2.598912°
Map IGN Map (Click to buy) : Ref. 2417OTR
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Description

To reach the “Dame Jouanne-Maunoury" car park coming from "La Chapelle la Reine" take:
- D104 for 3.5 km, past the village of Besonville and over the motorway, then take the small road on the right which is 1 km from the motorway, this is Rue Dame Jouanne,
- 1.5 km after Rue Dame Jouanne turn right at the fork, and after 2 km you will arive at the Dame Jouanne car park facing Chalet Jobert (a hotel and restaurant).

Start the hike at Chalet Jobert.

(S) Take the westerly direction, the path opposite the cottage, follow the blue markings, the path is well marked, for 200 m. Just after the curve turn left for 100 m.

(1) At the junction, turn right on the road 450 m. At the T-junction, turn left and then right after 120 m.

(2) Turn right on Chemin de la Chapelle la Reine. After a hundred metres, turn left. Follow the blue markings for about 1 km.

(3) Turn right on Route de Blomont and follow the Blue markings for 1 km to be facing with “Mont Blanc”: a sand dune culminating at 112 metres.

(4) Continue on the Blue trail for 400 m. Turn left and, after 150 m turn right and continue for 220m (small hill).

(5) At the junction with the GR13 turn left (Red-White and Blue markings are superimposed).

(6) At the Grottes au Fer caves, head down the path to the right and follow the Blue markings for 1 km. Thus reaching the Rocher de l’Éléphant (so called because of its shape reminiscent of a pachyderm).

(7) Turn right on the GR13 (Red and White markings) for 100 m, turn left on the GR13 for 350 m and then right for a further 180 m. Turn left on Chemin la Chapel la Reine in Larchant and follow it for 150 m.

(8) Turn right on Chemin de Bois Hyver and follow id for approximately 200 m. Turn left and, after 200 m, leaving the Blue markings and follow the GR markings to the right for 400 m.

(1) Continue straight and, after a few hundred metres, turn right to return to the starting point.

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. km 0
1 : km 0.24 - alt. km 0.24 - Crossroads
2 : km 0.94 - alt. km 0.94 - Chemin de la Chapelle la Reine.
3 : km 2.08 - alt. km 2.08 - Route de Blomont
4 : km 3.12 - alt. km 3.12 - "Mont Blanc"
5 : km 3.95 - alt. km 3.95 - Junction with the GR13
6 : km 4.19 - alt. km 4.19 - Grottes au Fer caves
7 : km 5.22 - alt. km 5.22 - The elephantine Rocher de l'Eléphant
8 : km 6.04 - alt. km 6.04 - Chemin de Bois d'Hyver
D/A : km 7.17 - alt. km 7.17

Useful Information

Physical fitness is a must because there is a passage that climbs from 30 m to 900 m between rocks, but the path is clear.

We advise taking IGN maps with you on this walk. Click here to buy : 2417OTR.

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

Things to see:
- The Dune du Mont Blanc tough sandy climb.
- The Rocher de l’Éléphant is an excellent climbing area.
- Chalet Jobert, for a little rest and recuperation.

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