31 July 2011

Wednesday 3 August at Dourdan

Dourdan: castle, church and market square
Dear Hikers,

Next Wednesday,  August 3rd, 2011, Krystyna will be our leader in the town of Dourdan and its forest. Here is her information.

You will discover Dourdan, the beautiful historic town and the forest "Forêt de l'Ouye" south of Dourdan. The first part of the walk will visit the city center of Dourdan with its royal XIIIth century castle, its market hall and marketplace as well as its church and the Hôtel-Dieu. Then you will tour the picturesque streets of Dourdan and stroll around its ramparts. 

We will picnic on the castle lawn, with coffee after for those who want it. Bring a picnic lunch as usual. In the afternoon we will tour the forest of Dourdan via the circuit of Ouye, 8 km. Visits to the Castle and the Abbey of Ouye as well as the circuits of "Buttes Blanches" and the ponds of the "Boiling Fountains" are planned for a subsequent hike as soon as I have time for them.


At the RER C Gare d'Austerlitz  station take at 09:13 the RER C ELBA train,
direction DOURDAN, which arrives at Dourdan (zone 5) at 10:15. Please board the last car going out of the station. The train stops at Bibliothèque François Mitterrand station at 09:16.

Attention: Since the RER C service is interrupted betweeen Invalides and Austerlitz until August 20, you will have to reach Austerlitz or Bibilothèque via metro or bus.


From Dourdan at 16:00, to arrive at Austerlitz at 17:03.

Looking forward to seeing you all.

06 03 53 41 66

The convent of Ouye

23 July 2011

Wednesday 27 July in the forest of Carnelle

The Lac Bleu

On Wednesday July 27th,  Daniel will lead us in the Forêt de Carnelle. Here is his information:

We'll take the train POMA from the Gare du Nord (surface) at 9:36, arriving at Presles Courcelles (zone 5) at 10:17. (Direction Persan-Beaumont, via Montsoult-Maffliers). We will meet at the end of the platform and board the last car (i.e. the one closest to our meeting point). The platforms for the suburbs (banlieue) are on the far right part of the station. If you are unfamiliar with the Gare du Nord, it would be wise to give yourself extra time to navigate through the station.

Return from Gare de Viarmes (also zone 5) on another line. Get another single ticket.
 15:58 / Paris 16:42
 16:57 / Paris 17:41
 17:27 / Paris 18:11 

The walk will cover from 14 to 16 kilometers depending on the routes we choose together. Be prepared for a couple of hills. 

On the menu: la Pierre Turquaise (megalith), la route forestière du Bois Belle-Fille leading to l'Etang Bleu, where we shall need a solid picnic and water. On our way we can observe deer and llamas in their enclosure.

One more effort: the last upward slope is breathtaking, and not because the view. "La forêt de Carnelle se mérite!" Your reward: a brand new train should take us from Viarmes to Paris.

Looking forward to seeing you. Bring your smiles and sunshine will reward us.

If you wish to be informed of eventual changes or cancellations, please give Daniel your cell phone if you have one, home phone if not.
Tel. 09 50 56 65 26
01 45 90 65 26
Mobile (only the day of the walk) 06 99 20 70 79

16 July 2011

Wednesday 20 July at Rambouillet

Next Wednesday, Krystyna will lead us through the delightful Rambouillet Forest, formerly a favorite royal hunting ground, located about 44km southwest of Paris in the department of the Yvelines. Here is Krystyna's information:

On Wednesday 20 July we will go hiking in the forest of Rambouillet on former royal hunting roads. The walking will be on an easy level. We can go to the Rambouillet Animal Reserve where we can see birds of prey, deer, boar, etc.—if we agree to pay the ticket 9 or 12 €. Here is the website for the Espace Rambouillet.

The duration of the stroll is 6 hours, the picnic included.


At the train station Paris-Montparnasse take at 09.33 the train number 65477, direction Chartres, which will arrive at the Rambouillet station at 10.04. Please board the last car going out of the station.

It serves the station Versailles-Chantiers at 09.47. I will join you there in the last car.


From Rambouillet at 16.05, arriving at Paris-Montparnasse at 16.34.

I hope see you all on next Wednesday!


09 July 2011

Wednesday 13 July at Saâcy sur Marne

village church at Citry sur Marne

Dear Hikers,

Next Wednesday, 13 July, Jean-Louis Narjoux will lead us on the hillsides of the Marne River and around two towns in the northern part of the Seine et Marne department, east of Paris. This will be a new itinerary for Ile de France Walkers. Here is Jean-Louis' information: 

For July 13th I propose an 18-kilometer walk in the countryside around Méry and Saâcy on the Marne. Varied scenery, attractive but hilly, with some ups and downs. Count on about five hours walking, plus our noonday picnic.

Getting there: we'll meet at the Gare de l'Est and catch the 8.50 train ZIMO, headed for Château Thierry. We arrive at the station Nantueil-Saâcy (zone 6) at 9.47.

Coming back: we'll catch the return train at Nantueil-Saâcy, either at 16.19 to arrive in Paris at 17.08; or at 17.19 to arrive in Paris at 18.06.

Pour le 13 juillet je propose une rando de 18 km sur les coteaux de la Marne autour de Méry sur Marne et Saâcy sur Marne. Paysages variés, intéressants mais vallonnés, c’est-à-dire avec des montées et des descentes... Prévoir 5h de marche environ (hors pique-nique)

Rendez Vous : Gare de l'Est,  train "ZIMO", départ 08h50, en direction de Chateau-Thierry

pour NANTEUIL-SAâCY où nous arriverons à 09h37.

On peut viser un retour de NANTEUIL-SAâCY à 16h19 (17h08 gare de l'Est) ou 17h19 (18h08 gare de l'Est).

You will need a picnic lunch and good walking shoes.

See you on Wednesday!

02 July 2011

Wednesday 6 July along the Yerres

On July 6 Bob Levy will lead us on a lovely riverside hike along a tributary of the Seine, the Yerres River. Here is Bob's information:

This is a walk perfect for warm summer days.  The route begins south of Paris at Boussy St. Antoine then proceeds along the River Yerres. 15 km, always beneath shade trees and through forest and park.  This walk is absolutely level.  
Also it provides alternatives for those wanting a shorter day; the RER 'D' at Brunoy (1 hour 45 minutes) or Yerres (3 hours 30 minutes).  
The walk gives us a choice of countless picnic spots, passes a fascinating public farming cooperative, and ends in Villeneuve St Georges at the RER 'D' (zone 4).  Trains return to Paris every ten minutes.

Meeting Info.  GARE DE LYON, REAR of the platform RER 'D', DIRECTION 'MELUN' at 9:10 for the train at 9:23.  It is a 35 minute ride.  PURCHASE A ONE WAY TICKET to BOUSSY St. ANTOINE (zone 5).  

The GARE de LYON 'D' station can be confusing so leave ample time to identify the proper Quai.

See you on Wednesday!

Bob Levy