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Saint Martin L'Ars: between architectural heritage and nature

Hikes & walks in Saint-Martin-l'Ars

Saint Martin L'Ars: between architectural heritage and nature - Hikes & walks in Saint-Martin-l'Ars

This loop of 11.6 km is part of the guidebook "At the time of Aliénor", it will take you to discover the South of Montmorillonnais. The smell of boxwood, the deer's slab, the mischievous singing of the flaying shrike, the color of the purple heron and the frenzied flight of the martinet will not leave you indifferent. The wild fruits present in the hedges (medlar, wild pear etc.) and the roughness of the ancient oaks testify to a grove of quality. The path will make you pass in front of the abbey of the Réau (do not visit, thank you to respect private property). It was "in the time of Aliénor" that the abbey of Notre-Dame de la Réau (Regalis, La Royale) was built under the impulse of one of the husband of Aliénor of Aquitaine, Charles VII, king from France, or Henry II Plantagenet, King of England. Remodeled over the centuries, the abbey was occupied by canons of St. Augustine. In the 17th century the abbey passes to the hands of Arnaud de Batz Castelmore d 'Artagnan, commendatory abbot, and brother of the famous musketeer! The Notre-Dame de La Réau abbey was classified as a historical monument in 1941 for the remains of the chapel, the chapter house, the large north tower, the grand stone staircase, the remains of the tower of the enclosure. The other buildings were in 1994. Arriving at Saint Martin L'Ars, go past the church and admire the capitals of the portal of the church A small break is needed to enjoy the water: games, picnic areas, barbecues, supervised swimming in the summer, fishing... and watching the dragonflies hunt over the Clain. This path is part of a hiking guidebook (on foot, horseback or mountain bike) called "At the time of Aliénor" which offers 14 loops 1 km to 17.5 km. This guide is available free of charge in the tourist offices of Isle Jourdain and Availles Limouzine or on request at +33 - Department of the Vienne -Poitou Charentes - center west of France

Description sheet

Departure municipalitySaint-Martin-l'Ars
Outing typeHike
Kilometres12 km
Altitude upon departure134m
Change in altitude103m


Depart from the town of Saint-Martin-l'Ars, latitude 46.2124060 (N 46° 12’ 45”), longitude 0.5395090 (E 0° 32’ 22”)


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