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seen in the pays de gâtine*

The Pays de Gâtine is part of the French Region of Nouvelle-Aquitaine

*gâtine rhymes with seen, it means "wilderness"

The countryside is varied and interesting - at every turn there is something different to see. Follow our suggested itineraries or choose your own - you will be delighted by the scenery.

DAY 1 - SUNDAY AFTERNOON
La Sentiere d'Interpretation - starts and finishes at le Moulin

A field of spring daisies on leaving le Moulin

Path through woods from le Moulin

 Le Moulin's valley in early evening

 
DAY 2 - MONDAY
Five Villages Walk - starts and finishes at le Moulin
Sweet chestnut trees are typical of the region  Fortified farm at la Verdonnière Scarce Swallowtail, one of many varieties to see
 
DAY 3 - TUESDAY
Coulonges Market and St Pompain - a car is required to reach the start of this walk*

Coulonges Market                          photo John Wardrop

Coulonges Market                          photo John Wardrop

Delicious local tomatoes

Disused viaduct at la Roche          photo John Wardrop

Roman Bridge near St Pompain      photo John Wardrop

Communal 'lavoir' at St Pompain   photo John Wardrop

 
DAY 3 - TUESDAY ALTERNATIVE WALK
Scillé and les Jinchères - starts and finishes at le Moulin
The 'pixy' bridge near les Jinchères Our neighbour's new-born calves with their mother The road to le Jinchéres
     
DAY 4 - WEDNESDAY
 Le Beugnon Lakes Picnic - starts and finishes at le Moulin

Steeping-pond at la Fazilière         photo John Wardrop

Picnic at the edge of the forest

Après pique-nique 'boules' game

A timeless pastoral scene           photo Ronnie Lumsden

 Wild angelica in the hedgerow

Hayfield where the Gâtine meets the Vendee

     
DAY 5 - THURSDAY
Rocher Branlant - starts and finishes at le Moulin
The tumble of rocks at Rocher Branlant A multitude of primroses in Vernoux-en-Gâtine A beer stop in L'Absie enroute back to le Moulin
 
DAY 5 - THURSDAY ALTERNATIVE WALK
Marais Poitevin - a car is required to reach the start of this walk*

Typical picturesque waterside cottage

A mute swan on a spring morning

A backwater                                             photo John Wardrop

A mysterious stairway                          photo John Wardrop

Tourists on the water Ragondan in the water
 
DAY 6 - FRIDAY
Butchers Wood - starts and finishes at le Moulin
A track through the forest A long abandoned bridge Variable Buzzard
     
DAY 6 - FRIDAY ALTERNATIVE WALK
Mervent Forest and Lakes and Vouvent - a car is required to reach the start of this walk*                                          Mervant Forest photos by John Wardrop

Pont de Deluge in Mervent Forest

A trail in the Mervent Forest

A lake-side cabin in the Mervent Forest

Tourist Office in Vouvant

Coeur du Miracle in Vouvant

Vouvant church (12th/13thCentury)

* Your hosts will arrange taxis, if you wish

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