02 December 2016

Hike for Dec 7                                                                

From Fausses-Repauses to St Cloud -   18/20 km

Dear walkers,
This week I propose a walk from Chaville to Saint Cloud by the "Forêt de Fausses-Repauses" and the "Parc de St Cloud".

Un peu de culture :
Ancien domaine royal, la forêt de Fausses-Reposes fut aménagée pour les besoins de la chasse à courre, comme en témoignent les carrefours en étoile et les pavillons de chasse. Le nom même de la forêt proviendrait de l'expression "faux repos" utilisée en vénerie, en référence au gibier qui s'abritait dans des fossés pour se cacher des chasseurs. La forêt devient domaniale à la Révolution française.

Parc de Saint Cloud, le parc d'un château disparu. Façonnés au XVIe siècle, le château et son parc sont embellis par Monsieur, frère de Louis XIV, et ses architectes Le Pautre et Hardouin-Mansart. La reine Marie-Antoinette poursuit les transformations. Résidence d'été des souverains au XIXe siècle, le château est incendié en 1870. Trop intimement lié aux souvenirs de la monarchie et de l'Empire, le bâtiment est rasé en 1892.



Approximately 18/20 km and 450 m of elevation. Picnic lunch by a small pond.
As usual, take a picnic lunch, water and of course, shoes and clothing adapted to the season (the ground is not too muddy) without forgetting your good mood.

Getting there: 
Train from Paris St Lazare at 8:53 (VASA) where I will wait for you (in the last car), arriving at Chaville Rive Droite at 9:11.
The train usually leaves from platform 1, 2 or 3 (Direction Versailles RD). Return by Saint Cloud station, trains are frequent.

See you on Wednesday,

Daniel R.
06.10.85.47.67
-- 
 L'homme sage est celui qui connaît ses limites.                                                                                                                    

Remember that you need personal accident and liability insurance to participate in a hike. 

     

25 November 2016

Hike for Nov 30

             
Valley of the Grand Morin -  12/14 km 

On Wednesday November 30th our walk will start at Crécy-la-Chapelle,  *la Venise briarde,*. e.g. the region "la Brie", its river "le Grand Morin" and lovely brooks. This  walk in one of the loveliest spots to the east of Paris in the valley of the Grand Morin.  12/14 k.

Getting there:
train from Gare-de-l'Est, in Paris, to the station of Crécy-la-Chapelle/Crécy-en-Brie. (Zone 5).

 1. Departure: Gare-de-l'Est 9:31. Direction: Meaux (train MICI).    Arrival: Esbly 10:02.
 2. At Esbly, transfer to Crécy-la-Chapelle/Crécy-en-Brie 10:10.         Arrival : 10:22.

Return from the same station:   14:35 arriving at 15:28. 15:35 arriving at 16:28

Remember to bring along water and some lunch... and automnal/winter gear.
We will walk through fields, woods and rivers (only one hill).
Sure, you are ready for a lovely walk.

Daniel
09 50 56 65 26
Mobile (only the day of the walk)  06 51 22 35 16.

Remember that you need personal accident and liability insurance to participate in a hike. 




                                                  26 octobre Walk to Abbaye de Royaumont. Photo by Dennis D.



22 November 2016

Hike for Nov 23

                       
Canal du Loing     -  18 km


This is a 18 km hike along the Loing Canal. We start from the lovely sailor's village of Saint-Mammès, where the Seine river and the Loing river meet. We remember that the 32 mile long lateral canal of the Loing links the Briare and Orléans canals and, therefore, the Seine to the Loire. 

Obviously, no ups and down, except some stairs for crossing the canal... 
The passage of barges through the numerous locks is  always an interesting attraction.

We walk along the charming canal till we reach Grez sur Loing, an other lovely place where many painters had settled into their habits, at the end of XIX century, particularly at Laurent pension or Chevillon hostel.

Picnic lunch, hot drink, sturdy shoes and more, are required as usual. 


Getting there:

Gare de Lyon, grandes lignes, TER to Montereau, ligne R, 8.46 am,  arriving at Saint-Mammès at 9:38.
We usely sit together in the last car.

Return trains from Bourron-Marlotte. A train every hour: 15:40, 16:40, depending on our pace.  


See you on Wednesday!

Catherine M.   06.75.49.36.37

Remember that you need personal accident and liability insurance to participate in a hike. 



11 November 2016

Hike for Nov 16

                         
Forêt de Rougeau  -  18 km

This 18 km hike in the Forêt Régionale de Rougeau will be a loop starting at the RER D station of Savigny le Temple.  It will be mostly on flat ground, with just a few short ups and downs. For the really "pur et durs", there is a possibility of extending the hike to 28-30 km, but you would need the IGN 2415 OT MAP 1:25,000 and guide yourselves.

Since this is the first time we have walked as a group in this forest here is a bit of information about it.
"D'une superficie de 1066 hectares, la Foret de Rougeau s'étend sur les communes de Morsang-sur-Seine, Saint-Pierre-du-Perray, Saintry-sur-Seine, Nandy, Savigny-le-Temple.

Au Moyen-âge propriété de la Commanderie des Templiers de Savigny, la forêt est aménagée au XVIIème siècle pour les chasses royales de Louis XV et Louis XVI par le financier Bouret. A la Révolution, elle devient bien national. En 1819, elle est vendue à la famille Clary. A partir de 1981, la région acquiert progressivement la forêt. 
La forêt se présente avec une succession d'allées rectilignes. Ainsi l’Allée Bourette relie l’Allée Royale qui joint la forêt de Sénart à celle de Rougeau, et se poursuit jusqu’au domaine du Pavillon Royal, au Sud de la Forêt. Site historique classé, ce domaine, dont il ne reste aujourd'hui que les jardins, propose un aménagement paysager original et riche, issu du XVIIIème et du XIXème siècle."

As in the Foret de Senart, there are magnificent old oak trees, numerous ponds and at least two interesting sculptures.

Travel: RER D Châtelet Les Halles, train Zaco, at 9:01, direction Melun. This train passes through the Gare de Lyon at 9:05. You may want to sit together in the last car. Arrival Savigny le Temple at 9:47.

Return trains: 16:25, 16:40, or 16:55, depending on our pace. The trip takes 45 minutes.

You will need a picnic lunch, sturdy shoes, rainwear and maybe a hot drink, and of course you great sense of humor. Picnics in November start to be chilly.

See you on Wednesday!                                                                                             

Mary Lynne  06.70.88.18.59

Remember that you need personal accident and liability insurance to participate in a hike.

04 November 2016

Hike for Nov 9

Forêt Domaniale de Meudon

Friendly hikers hello,                                                                                                 
this week we will hike in the Forêt Domaniale de Meudon. Approximately 20/22 km and 500m           
of elevation.                                                                                                               
The sun sets early in November, so, the pace will be constant, no 'bailout' possible.

As usual, take a picnic lunch, water and of course, shoes and clothing adapted to the season without forgetting your good mood.

Getting there
Train from Paris Montparnasse at 9:05 (VOPI), arriving at Chaville Rive Gauche at 9:24 where I will wait for you.
Return by the same station.

Remember that you need personal accident and liability insurance to participate in a hike. 

A bientôt.
Daniel 
06.10.85.47.67

-- 
L'homme sage est celui qui connaît ses limites.



Hikes for Nov 2


Shorter hike

Hello walking friends,

As an option for next Wednesday I propose a short leisurely walk through the parks of Chatenay-Malabry:
Parc de la Maison de Chateaubriand, Vallée aux Loups and Arboretum where you can admire exceptional trees and a Collection of Bonsaï, too. Bring a picnic lunch (around 1pm).


To get there:

From CHATELET LES HALLES take RER B (train SORI) at 09:32, direction ROBINSON
The same train leaves from DENFERT-ROCHEREAU at 09:40. Arrival at ROBINSON at 09:58

At the Gare de Robinson walk to the head of the train then to the right and take the exit Av.Jules Guesde. The meeting place-on the top of the stairs.
Return from ROBINSON - trains every 15 minutes. Zone 3

A mercredi!

Dominique R.
mobile : 06 33 23 07 31
         
                                         

Longer hike

Attention, changement d’horaire pour cette randonnée annonçant l’hiver.
Longue de 17 km avec 320 m de dénivelé elle nous conduira dans la vallée aux lavoirs avec ses hameaux isolés et ses nombreuses sources.

Départ : Gare Saint Lazare à 8 h 56 en direction de Mantes-la-Jolie, descendre à Epone-Mézières (arr: 9 h 42) où je vous attendrai (zone 5)
Retour : Gare d’Epone-Mézières toutes les 30 mn à partir de 15 h 19 en direction de Paris Saint Lazare
N’oubliez pas une tenue de randonneur lièe à la météo, votre pique-nique et votre bonne humeur habituelle.

Change of schedule for this excursion, announcing the winter.
This hike will be 17 km with 320 m elevation. It will lead us to the valley of wash houses with its isolated hamlets                and its many springs.

Getting there:
Departure: from Saint Lazare Station, train going to Mantes-la-Jolie, leaving at 8:56, get off at Epone-Mézières,            arr: 9:42, where I will wait for you (zone 5)

Return: Station of Epone-Mézières , every 30 mn, from 15:19 to Paris Saint Lazare

Don’t forget to wear proper clothes, bring a your picnic lunch and your usual good mood.

Claude
06 84 14 55 35


Remember that you need personal accident and liability insurance to participate in a hike.



22 October 2016

Hikes for Oct 26

Hikes for Oct 26 

Here are the two walks you can choose from for next Wednesday.

Shorter walk - Abbey Road  -  13k


A 13-km loop and possible visit of renovated and glorified "Abbaye de Royaumont". Take advantage of its reopening!
Price is 7.50 per person.  5.50 from 10 people. Please prepare exact change: 5.50+2.00 euros.

For those who are not interested in the visit, we will have a short and pleasant loop around the Abbey.

Picnic is not permitted on the grounds of Royaumont. No benches around.
So I suggest a little snack if you can... Yes you can.  You will have your good lunch on a bench later. At 1:15 p.m.

Getting there:
Departure - 10:04  -  Gare Paris-Nord (Banlieue) arriving at SEUGY 10:48. (Direction Luzarches).
Return - From SEUGY to Paris-Nord. 15:09, more likely 16:01.
Zone 5. (regular return fare from Gare du Nord, 12€).  Mobilis 17.30 from Paris. 

In Seugy I'm pretty sure machines are out of order.
If you are not familiar with Gare du Nord, arrive early enough to make your way through the maze there.

Bring a snack and picnic lunch, water, and don't forget you good will. 
Météo Ile-de-France on Wednesday : 9°C / 15°C. Ensoleillé.
See you on Wednesday.

Daniel

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Tél. 09 50 56 65 26.
Mobile (only the day of the walk). 06 51 22 35 16.

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Longer walk - Forêt royale and walled town of Dourdan -  about 18k

We will do a loop. First, we will walk through the town center and take a pretty path along the river to reach the forest. There are some ups and downs, the total elevation is about 400m.
We will walk at a good pace to finish early enough so that those who wish to do so can have a drink in town or visit the medieval castle and museum (open until 6pm). The train station is near the town center.
Bring lunch and a snack, enough water. Come with good footwear.  


Getting there:
Take RER C -Train DEBO - from  St Michel at 9.12 or Gare d’Austerlitz at 9.17or  Bibliothèque F.        Mitterant at 9.21  direction Dourdan la Forêt arriving at Dourdan at 10.19, Zone 5. Travel in the rear car with the group if you wish.

-Return trains direct from Dourdan with RER C at 16.08 (arr:17.15-17.25);16.38 (arr:17.45-17.55); 17.00        (arr:17.55-18.05) ; 17.08 (arr:18.15-18.25). Around the same times are buses to Massy P+ RER B, about 1 hr also.

If you do not have a "Passe Navigo" (weekly pass, regular price: 22.15 €) or benefit from any discounted fares, buy a "Mobilis 5 zones" (17.30€)

Remember that you need personal accident and liability insurance to participate in a hike. 

See you on Wednesday! 

Laurence