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Le chemin de la forêt

Touring cyclist ,  Natural at Les Portes-en-Ré

9.3 km
Touring cyclist
1h 30min
Easy
  • Enjoy a walk in the forest on a fine sunny day!

    The scents of pine trees and cypresses of the forest of Lizay lightly attract walkers to a wooded area… Sunlight filters through the branches. The ocean rumbles in the distance. Leave your bike. Walk through the forest, take the paths on the fine sandy dunes, and the beach of La Conche des Baleines comes into view…

    This route provides a beautiful walk through the forest, but the ocean is never far away…
  • Difference in height
    47.47 m
  • Documentation
    GPX / KML files allow you to export the trail of your hike to your GPS (or other navigation tool)
Points of interest
1 Departure
The scents of pine trees and cypresses of the forest of Lizay lightly attract walkers to a wooded area… Sunlight filters through the branches. The ocean rumbles in the distance. Leave your bike. Walk through the forest, take the paths on the fine sandy dunes, and the beach of La Conche des Baleines comes into view… This route provides a beautiful walk through the forest, but the ocean is never far away…
2 Les Portes-en-Ré
At the far end of the island, the village of Les Portes en Ré nestles among forests, salt marshlands and beaches. With its tables outside cafés, and restaurants, the Place de La Liberté is at the heart of the village and bustles with life late in the afternoon when locals and tourists come back from the beach. Along the narrow streets, behind simple facades, beautiful houses belonging to inhabitants in search of peace and quiet. In the nature reserve of Lilleau des Niges, accessible either on foot or by bike, you will be able to view thousands of birds during their migration or at the time of nesting. Not mentioning Trousse Chemise forest would be a regrettable omission: this idyllic spot, immortalized by Charles Aznavour, retains its unspoilt magical atmosphere.
3 Beach of La Conche
According to the legend, this is the place where 300 whales would have washed up on a sandbank during Roman times. Much later, the film “The Longest Day” was shot on this beach.
4 Le Phare des Baleines
For even more pleasure during this tour, experience Île de Ré from the top of the Phare des Baleines. Then, after getting back to dry land, you will be able to rest while facing the ocean on the dyke of Saint-Clément.
5 Saint-Clément-des-Baleines
The village is named after the French word ‘baleine’ (whale): at the time of migrations, large numbers of whales washed up on a sandbank at the north-western end of the island. The Lighthouse and the Conche des Baleines are the main attractions of Saint Clément. The Lighthouse, one of the highest and most powerful lighthouses in France, is the most visited monument of the island. After climbing the 257 steps, the lighthouse provides spectacular views. You will admire the two-coloured belltower of Ars, you will see the bridge in the distance, you will dominate the Conche des Baleines… Considered as the most beautiful beach of the island, the wide Plage de la Conche, bordered by wooded dunes, stretches as far as Les Portes en Ré. Several scenes of the movie ‘The Longest Day’ were filmed here.
6 Arrival
Enjoyed this circuit? So don’t hesitate to carry on discovering the “natural” side of the island thanks to two other routes: “Marshland Path” and “Countryside Path”!
47 meters of difference in height
  • Start altitude : 4 m
  • End altitude : 6 m
  • Maximum altitude : 10 m
  • Total positive elevation : 47 m
  • Total negative elevation : -46 m
  • Max positive elevation : 9 m
  • Min positive elevation : -5 m
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5 comments
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  • Balade des autour du phares des baleines

    Super petite balade! Ombragée, pique-nique et plage avec en fond le phare des baleines. Que du bonheur!!!

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  • Autour du phare des baleines

    Super petite balades! Pique-nique, mer, point de vue et en plus ombragée de tant à autre pour la fraîcheur!

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  • Balade sous les pins

    Belle balade, superbe petit village et on peut s'arrêter pour une baignade!!

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  • Très agréable en famille

    Balade très agréable. Il manque juste un chemin retour.

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  • parfait pour un petit tour en famille

    sentier très agréable, possibilité de rallonger en passant par la réserve naturelle.

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