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Sentier Détours N°2 – Mornac-sur-Seudre

Our towns and villages conceal many treasures... which are often ignored or avoided, hidden alongside the routes we take, far from the "direct" routes.



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Marking "Detour Trails"

Autumn, Summer, Winter, Spring

Places, heritage elements, viewpoints or atmospheres bear witness to local history and tell many unusual anecdotes.
It is to this stroll that these new circuits invite you to the heart of the towns, for a few kilometers (2 to 5 km) easy to access and passable with the family for an hour.
It's time to take the time...

Please note: closed circuit from November 1 to March 30

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Sentier Détours N°1 – Mornac-sur-Seudre

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L’Aigrette II – Seudre Croisières

Detour Trail N°2 – Mornac-sur-Seudre

Distance: 5,4 km

Step 1: Departure from the port

Take rue des Basses Amarres to exit the town via rue de l'Aide.

Kayak sur le chenal de Mornac-sur-Seudre
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Step 2: The ballast stones

The ballast stones bear witness to the time of the great salt trade. These are granite stones that we see on the walls. They were used to ballast the boats that came,
loaded with light goods like furs or fabrics and left with our salt. When the boats were loaded with salt, heavy enough, the stones were released. The inhabitants collected them to use them in construction. This is how we find granite stones in our limestone constructions.
Note, a large stone weighing 62 kg is visible on Rue de la Corderie. Runes are engraved there proving trafficking with Scandinavian countries.

Bourg de Mornac-sur-Seudre
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Step 3: The green path

Continue on the path to the old rope factory (the green path). In the open air over 300 m, this was the length necessary to weave the hemp ropes for arming the boats. Today, it is a grass path that leads to the marsh.

Step 4: The Coulonges channel

Join the road up to the Coulonges channel. This place is the only access to the town of Breuillet sur la Seudre. It also has vineyards for the production of Charentais wine.

Step 5: The marshes

Leave on the dikes protecting the marshes for a loop returning to the green path.
The belt cuts or “Richelieu cuts” encircle former mudflats that have become “takes” like polders. These outlets are powered by the “varagnes”
(locks) which allow water control. The cut also helps protect the clears used today by oyster farmers for refining oysters.
The marshes contain rich fauna and flora to be preserved.

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