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From Plessis-Bourré to the Lower Anjou Valleys

Walking/pedestrian in Briollay

30.6 km
Walking/pedestrian
7h 30min
Medium
  • This long walk takes you along the trail of the educational marsh in Briollay to discover the plants of the Lower Anjou Valleys, then to see a rare example of gothic ‘Plantagenêt-style’ architecture. You will also see the impressive Plessis-Bourré Castle in Écuillé.

    Touristic places
    - The plants educational marsh of the low valleys of Angers, in Briollay, gives you the opportunity to discover, in the same place, all plants that can be found in those low valleys. You will find explanations...

    This long walk takes you along the trail of the educational marsh in Briollay to discover the plants of the Lower Anjou Valleys, then to see a rare example of gothic ‘Plantagenêt-style’ architecture. You will also see the impressive Plessis-Bourré Castle in Écuillé.

    Touristic places
    - The plants educational marsh of the low valleys of Angers, in Briollay, gives you the opportunity to discover, in the same place, all plants that can be found in those low valleys. You will find explanations about the “medical” properties of those herbs, mistakenly considered as weeds in our gardens.
    - Briollay has a rare example of preserved “Plantagenêt” architecture for civilian use from the 12th century, in front of the church. A must-see location!
    - The château de Plessis-Bourré in Ecuillé has one particularity: its “Transitional” style. It has characteristics of a fortress from the end of the Middle Ages with its defensive system with the Renaissance elegance. The château was also a film location for the production of two movies: “Donkey skin” and “Fanfan la Tulipe”.

    Equipment at your disposal
    - Toilets and picnic tables close to the river of Sarthe, in Briollay

    Departure points 
    - Parking salle Eric Tabarly, chemin du Cassoir in Soulaire-et-Bourg 
    - Parking du Pré Long in Écuillé 
    - Camping-car dumping station, chemin du Patis Colas in Briollay

    Practical information 
    - Trail not passable during floods

    Circuit marked out in mauve.The part of the path north of Écuillé is not marked.