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Degree of difficulty - A/B

This self guided walking holiday is notable for idyllic surroundings, superb cuisine and plenty of good wine in a convivial atmosphere, which together with a reasonable price makes for a thoroughly agreeable holiday experience.For the duration of the trip you will be based at a family operated auberge in western France. This Auberge is surrounded by miles of secluded paths and lanes in unspoiled and varied countryside equals wonderful walking in an idyllic environment

Each day you will be given professional route notes and highlighted maps as well as friendly advice and information.This holiday is celebrated for exceptional hospitality, superb cuisine, free-flowing wine and great bonhomie. Absolutely everything during your stay is included in the price - all meals and drinks are included - even the postcards are free.Each evening aperitifs-at-seven is followed by an amicable four-course evening meal with superb cuisine and copious wine of excellent quality in a friendly atmosphere.

Day 1 Sunday Afternoon

Sentier d’Interpretation

Afternoons walk to stretch your legs after your journey to le Moulin. The route is way marked and gives a chance to become orientated. Undulating, pretty and unspoiled and, even on a Sunday afternoon, you will see few other people. 6km/4miles

Day 2 Monday

Option 1 – Les Cinq Communes Walk

Up le Moulin’s rocky track through woods with spring orchids. South, with a patchwork of pastures, woods and ancient hedgerows. You will see medieval pantiled farmhouses and a 1619 fortified farm. If the time of year is right there will be swallowtail butterflies, skylarks, hoopoe and hen harriers, to name a few 14km/9miles

Option 2 – Route du Busseau

Ford Moulin’s stream (or use the foot bridge if you prefer) and climb through the woods to the open pasture. Continue west where families of immaculate Parthenaise cattle peacefully graze. Visit the 1,000 - year - old villages of Scillé and le Busseau. In spring and early summer there is a profusion of flowers 23km/14miles

Day 3 Tuesday

Option 1 – Coulonges Country Market & St Pompain

Visit the local - produce market at Coulonges - sur - l’Autize on Tuesday morning, where the locals meet and shop. See the last remaining pissoire in the whole world. Walk in the venelles of St - Pompain. Climb the abandoned viaduct, have a picnic by the roman bridge and stroll in the cool of the walnut groves 10km/6miles

Option 2 – Scillé and les Jinchères

An intriguing labyrinth of pleasing lanes and tracks north of le Moulin. You’ll probably not see another soul. Pass through cool woods and you will see clear streams, meadows and pastures and an ancient pixie bridge. Our map show all the paths that are open so you can choose how far you wish to walk up to 15km/9miles

Day 4 Wednesday

Le Beugnon Lakes Picnic

Le Moulin’s leafy valley leads through pastures, woods and orchards. A sylvan lane carpeted in wild garlic leads to a mouth - watering picnic prepared by your hosts, on tables beside the lakes. Chilled rosé and sunlight dappling the table cloth. You may see hoopoe, hen harrier, golden oriole, kingfisher, various woodpeckers and plenty of others. Even a scarce swallowtail butterfly has been seen here. shorter route: 13km/8miles longer route: 19km/12miles

Day 5 Thursday

Option 1 - Route de Fenioux

Spring - flowered meadows where otters have been reported. Hazel and walnuts in the autumn hedgerows. The sleepy village of La Fazilière has a way marked detour to the restored lavoir and steeping - ponds of ancient basket makers. See loads of birds and butterflies 26km/16miles

Option 2 - Marais Poitevin (Green Venice)

A vast patchwork of canals, pastures and woods, dotted with picturesque “port” villages. Built by medieval monks to tame a vast river delta on the Atlantic. Numerous way marked walks as well as medieval and renaissance abbeys to explore. Hire a boatman and see the original fire-on-the-water 9km/5miles, or more

Day 6 Friday

Option 1 - Butchers Wood

Southwest to the drowsy village of le Beugnon, la petite suisse and magnificent deciduous forests. A winding Roman road! Cherries, plums, apricots, figs, apples, medlars, walnuts and hazelnuts in the hedgerows (not all at the same time of course). You will see hardly another person on this walk. 18km/11miles

Option 2 - Mervent Lakes and Forest

A choice of walks which can be combined for a longer distance. Majestic deciduous forest, winding paths, dappled sunlight and wonderful lake and forest vistas. Visit a lakeside bar, Mervent dam and the grotto de Père de Montford. short route: 5km/3miles medium route:7km/4miles long route: 11km/7miles

Day 7 Saturday departure

High Season Price (8 May - 24 September)

€980 per person sharing

No single supplement for 1stbooked single room of the week, otherwise €210 (on request)

Low season Price (Rest of season)

€880 per person sharing

No single supplement for 1stbooked single room of the week, otherwise €210 (on request)

Tour Includes

What does the tour price include?

  • 6 nights accommodation in ensuite rooms with tea and coffee making facilities
  • Traditional Breakfasts of freshly baked crusty French bread, croissants and steaming hot coffee, tea or chocolate. A generous basket of seasonal fruits is also served at breakfast
  • A first class packed lunch comprising half baguette sandwich with different fillings each day. You select from Le Moulin’s generous selection, your own choice of fresh fruits, cold beverages, crisps, cakes, chocolate and cereal bars or similar, according to your preference
  • Four Course evening meals, comprising of starter, main course such as traditionally reared chicken with mustard dressing, organic boeuf bourguignon or fresh roast quail, a wonderful array of cheeses, dessert and coffee or tea. Everyday a different menu. Superb vegetarian food available also. Please let us know in advance if you require vegetarian or any other special diet.
  • Plentiful wine served with the evening meal. Wine beer soft drinks and cider are also available at all times, free of charge. A selection of more than 12 excellent wines are served during a six night holiday
  • Use of pool, heated to 29 degrees Celsius and open mid April to end of September.
  • Walking route instructions, maps, friendly advice and information.

Self Guided Tour Information

All tours start on a Sunday, on the following dates: 17 April, 24 April, 1 May, 8 May, 15 May, 22 May, 29 May, 5 June, 12 June, 19 June, 26 June, 3 July, 10 July, 24 July, 31 July, 7 Aug, 14 Aug, 21 & 28 Aug, 4 Sept, 11 Sept, 18 & 25 Sept, 2 Oct.


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