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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
Located on the northern edge of the Upper Chalosse and at the confluence of the Gabas creek and the Adour river, the small village of Toulouzette is the launching point of this hike in the riparian and wetland zone formed by the Adour river. A pond where one can observe mallards, little egrets; then an oxbow lake, then the Adour river. Hikers will then head south and cross the cultivated plateau between the Adour river and the Gabas creek. After crossing the Gabas, the route follows the green path of Chalosse on the hillside of Montaut before joining Toulouzette. Topo-Guide: Rando Guide n°4 (Haute Chalosse) édité par le CG40
A new route starting from the Tilleuls square in Saint-Justin. This very nice trail begins at the edge of a vineyard producing the famous Armagnac brandy, produce of the distillation of white wines. Then the hiker will walk along a small pond that may freeze in winter. After the cross of sauveté, bordering the territories of the clergy, the Church of Douzevielle and its apse of the XI century appears between the pines. Some airials, and the track goes back to the village along the Douze river in the forest.
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
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.