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This is an easy relaxing trail along a beautiful river south east of France. I use to do it once or twice a year, when the weather is not good enough to go in the near Jura or Alpin mountains, and it is only 40mn from Lyon. We can see a few fishermen, cyclists, runners, and family hikers. There are places to stop for a lunch for instance at Chavanay, on the south part of the loop, or upon departure from Les Roches de Condrieu, or Condrieu. No need to mention also the famous wines: Condrieu and Côtes Roties from this area!
Another route starting from Bougue. A path that connects Bougue and Laglorieuse, first by the east and back by the west, between forest and fields. The hiker will borrow a small portion of the greenway between Mont-de-Marsan and Gabarret. Topo-Guide: Rando Guide n°10 (Marsan) édité par le CG40
From the village of Banos located on a hillside overlooking the Gabas, the hiker crosses corn fields by a sunken path that leads through a forest with various species. Then the route joins Montaut and its viewpoint over the Adour valley and Gabas valley. The return to Banos goes north, takes the old railway of Chalosse, and ends with a climb to the initial promontory. Topo-Guide: Rando Guide n°2 (Chalosse) édité par le CG40
Start from the church of Bergonce. The walker sinks into the forest world of the Landes forest. Mainly pine wood (maritime pine); the cultivated forest also offers other species: common or tauzin oak, acacia, hazelnut ...
Topo-Guide: Rando Guide n°13 (Petites landes de Roquefort) édité par le CG40
From the pond of Massy, the walker start his walk in the pine forest and then meets with the Bellevue airial, an urbanized airial crossed by the highway A65. The trail unveils some traditional houses with their typical canopy (estantat).The loop ends with the Massy airial.
Topo-Guide: Rando Guide n°10 (Marsan) édité par le CG40
A Sunday walk in the Petites Landes starting from the town of Geloux, the eponymous river crossing it, rightside tributary of the Midouze. Located in the land of Marsan, the loop provides a tour of airials, a typical landscape of the Landes de Gascogne.
Topo-Guide: Rando Guide n°10 (Marsan) édité par le CG40
Another route starting from Notre-Dame de Lussole (or Saint George de Lussole), typical church of Gabardan country. This tour through the pine forest will give the opportunity to observe "maisons landaises" (traditional houses) with their porch roof and wood oven. A section of the route stretches along the old railway line between Bourriot and Gabarret. Hikers can combine this loop with the visit of the sources of Mouncaut or another loop starting from the town of Bergonce.
The loop is located on the municipality of Coudures in Chalosse. The country road leads the hiker to the crossing of the Bas creek, stream flowing into the Gabas river (tributary of the Adour). The route runs along ridges and sometimes allows open views on a rural landscape of cultivated fields, fallow meadows and groves. Then, the hike runs along the hill reservoir of Estela and ends its route by the washhouse and the fountain of Brameloup.
The hiker starts from the old Bourriot train station and gets into a forest environment punctuated by farms with a traditional architecture specific to the Landes massif. The loop connects with the Bergonce village and then heads eastward toward the station. During the mushroom season, the watchful walker may be able to come away with ceps in his bag.
Departure from the Romanesque church of Saint George de Lussole (XIIth) and its bell-gable, style that is found in other municipalities in the province. The forest track accompanies the walker to a sandy track inside the pine forest and winds its way to a small oratory chapel heralding the Mouncaut sources. They recall the old pastoral beliefs and immerse the visitor in a haunted atmosphere of witches and magicians. This setting is accentuated by the presence of cloths hanging on the branches, left by the pilgrims who came to visit the three miraculous sources: Saint-Eutrope (headaches), St. Anthony (stomach ache), Saint-George (rheumatisms). Extreme caution is recommended in October and November, hunting season for common wood pigeons.
From the central arcaded square of this bastide of the fourteenth century, the hiker takes an easy route in the countryside. In the middle of the sedimentary basin of the Adour river, the fields are gently sloping and separated by woods. An alternative departure from the chapel of Lamensans is also possible. Caution during hunting season in October and November is recommended.
Access gate to the Armagnac "pays", the rebellious St. Justin decided to become a "bastide" in the thirteenth century without approval from the English king and duke of Aquitaine, who would attempt to punish the city during the Hundred Years' War. The Place des tilleuls remained the town center until today. From its remarkable belt of arcades and fourteenth century houses, the walker will start a route made of forest, fields and grassland.
The loop gives an overview of the cultivated Landes forest where the maritime pine (pinus pinaster) is omnipresent. Not a lot of species can settle in this sandy soil. Moorland heath also have their place. The walker will also startle roe deers eating acorns on the forest track. Extreme caution is recommended in October and November, hunting season for common wood pigeons.
Another trail starting from the Massy pond in Gaillères. The walker discovers a route path in the forest; he may surprise a family of roe deer by morning. The walk encompasses several ponds; the mist, that sometimes hovers over them, moves the visitor into a thoughtful mood. The Long, Bernet and Lamoulasse ponds. And then an "airial", just before returning into the pine forest and to the Penin pond. The Lassus pond completes this visit.
Topo-Guide: Rando Guide n°1 (Marsan) édité par le CG40