Bordered to the South by the Charente river, theSaint-Laurent area consists of a small town gathered around its church and its 11th century portal, several villages spread across the valleys and the hills as well as farms and secluded dwellings.
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.
(D) Starting point from the salle polyvalente (village hall).
From the carpark, turn right on to Rue des Borderies, then right again on to Rue du Port du Lys (1), then left on to Rue Maurice Sellal and left again on to Rue de Kerbach. You are now facing the church (2). Walk down Rue de l’Eglise to your right.
At the end of the street, veer right on to Rue des Jardins then left on Rue du Port du Lys. Walking up the slope, turn right at the 2nd junction into Prés Biron housing estate. At the end of the road, follow the grass path and turn right to enter the woods (3). Follow this path until you reach the road and turn right. Walk past the great gate and follow the white path on your left (4).
Walk straight on for 1.2km and when you reach the woods at the end of the vines, turn left walking around the woods to the right (5). Walk straight ahead until you reach the road, turn right and before Louzac village, take the little dirt track on the right to come up facing the Saint-Martin church by Rue de l’Ancienne Mairie (6).
Turn right on to Rue du Marronnier, cross the D144 and keek walking straight on. Leave Rue des Chaumes to your left and take the path on the right (7).
Walk straight on. At the junction, turn right while keeping to the path to your left. This path forks out in two: follow the path to the right for 1km keeping in a straight line. When you reach the corner of the woods, take the path to the left.
At the crossing, turn right (8) then take the path to the right going into the woods. Follow that path straight on for 1.3km until you reach the location called ‘Chez Roulin’. Once you get to Rue des Pradelles, walk straight on then turn right on to Rue de Chez Roullin (9).
Follow that street over 700m then turn left at a right angle into the path going through the vines (10). Carry straight on along Rue du Bois du Prieur until you regain Saint-Laurent-de-Cognac. At the end of that street, turn right on to Rue des Borderies to return to your starting point.
D/A : km 0 - alt. km 0
1 : km 0.24 - alt. km 0.24 - Turn right
2 : km 0.4 - alt. km 0.4 - Saint-Maclou Church
3 : km 1.18 - alt. km 1.18 - Junction, turn right into the woods
4 : km 1.97 - alt. km 1.97 - Turn left
5 : km 3.41 - alt. km 3.41 - Turn right
6 : km 4.55 - alt. km 4.55 - Saint-Martin Church, turn right
7 : km 4.73 - alt. km 4.73 - Top of Rue des Chaumes, turn right
8 : km 6.33 - alt. km 6.33 - Junction, turn right
9 : km 7.74 - alt. km 7.74 - Rue de Chez Roullin, turn right
10 : km 8.42 - alt. km 8.42 - Crossroads in the vines, turn left
D/A : km 9.66 - alt. km 9.66
Starting point : Salle Polyvalente (village hall), rue des Borderies, Saint-Laurent-de-Cognac
Follow the yellow waymarks. Path also suitable for mountain bikes.
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(1) Saint-Laurent Church where pilgrims and travelling tradesmen have carved graffiti into the stone and wash-house on the Saint-Laurent River.
(6) :Saint-Martin Church: dates back to the 12th century, recovered in the 14th and 16th century, restored in the 19th century and lately in 2011. Many examples of carved graffiti can be found on this church as well.
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Number of opinions : 10
Description quality : 4.6/5
Routemap quality : 4.8/5
Walk interest : 4.2/5
Thanks for the feedback on this walk. Could you please let me which sentence in the description you are referring to (go straight on and left at the wood) so I can make any changes if needed? Many thanks Sarita
Global average : 3.67 / 5
Date of walk
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Average
At one point the path was totally flooded,but to be fair it has rained a lot here. At another point the direction said straight on and then left at the wood. It should have said go straight on leaving the metalled road and going on to a grass path. Thanks.
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The Gaul root of its name means 'strength, courage'. The Hundred Years War persuaded the construction of numerous underground passages, which enabled the inhabitants to take refuge from extreme violence. Without a doubt Protestantism has left its mark in the area, particularly with the Segonzacais. The first Reformed church was founded in 1558. Troubles occurred in 1562 and the parish church was burnt down. Today's Temple church is the third constructed since the Edict of Nantes.
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