28 May 2016

Two Walks for June 1

Dear Hikers,

We have two walks scheduled for next Wednesday, with Dominika Raveau and Daniel Robinot. Here are the details of their walks.

With Dominika Raveau:
For next Wednesday I propose a nice 15 km walk with various landscapes in the middle of the valley of the Bièvre river.
We'll start in Jouy en Josas, famous for its "toile de Jouy" and climb trough forest with ponds and golf course to Plateau de Saclay then walk through fields. We'll see bucolic scenes, farms and the old village of Saclay. Then we'll follow the Favreuse ditch in direction of Bois Brûlés leading to the Gare d'Igny.

How to get there - 2 possibilities:

1/Correspondence in Massy Palaiseau ​
Correspondence 09:25 RER C dir. VERSAILLES CHANTIERS

2/Correspondence in Versailles Chantiers
Correspondence 09:44 RER C dir. GARE DE VERSAILLES RIVE GAUCHE
Please don't be late, trains are not frequent and I can't wait for you (peu de temps à Massy Palaiseau, ne vous trompez pas de correspondance!).
Rendez-vous in front of the main exit de la Gare de Jouy en Josas. Retourn from IGNY on the same line RER C zone 4.

Wear appropriate clothes and good shoes and bring snacks, a lot of water, your picnic and your good will.
​A mercredi!​
​Mobile : 06 33 23 07 31​

With Daniel Robinot:

Amis randonneurs, bonjour.

Voilà un moment que vous n'êtes pas venu du côté de Mantes la Jolie. Cette semaine je vous propose donc une belle randonnée entre campagne, forêt et petits villages. Cette randonnée sera longue de 23/24 km avec environ 500 m de dénivelé sans possibilité de "bail out" (au risque de vous perdre).

Pour venir : Train au départ de Paris St Lazare à 9h07 (Train 51001 à destination de Bréval)
Sortir de la gare côté Mantes La Ville et prendre le bus ligne K qui part du quai 22 à 9h51
Mobilis, Navigo, 1 ticket de métro ou 2€ au choix
Descendre à l'arrêt "Buchelay - Mairie" (l'avant dernier) où je vous attendrai
Retour par la même gare (train direct à 16h08 ou 17h08)

Compte-tenu des mouvements de grèves SNCF à venir, je vous tiendrai informés des changements dans la mesure du possible (consultez votre boite mail la veille au soir). Si de votre côté vous avez des information avant moi, merci de me les communiquer.

A bientôt donc avec pic-nique, parapluie et bonne humeur.


Version anglaise :

Friends hikers, hello.
It has been a while since you last came to Mantes la Jolie. This week I propose you a beautiful hike between countryside, forests and small villages. This ride will be long of 23/24 km with 500 m of altitude without the possibility of "bail-out" (the risk of losing you).
Getting there: Train from Paris St Lazare at 9:07 (51001 train to Bréval)Exit the station side Mantes La Ville and take the K bus line which leaves from platform 22 at 9:51Mobilis, Navigo, 1 metro ticket or € 2 choiceGet off at "Buchelay - Mairie" (penultimate) where I wait for youReturn by the same station (direct train at 16:08 or 5:08 p.m.)
Given the SNCF strike movement to come, I will keep you informed of changes in the extent possible (check your mailbox the night before). If your side you have the information before me, thank you to send me mail.
See you soon with picnic umbrella and good humor.
-- L'homme sage est celui qui connait ses limites.

21 May 2016

Hike for May 25

Dear Hikers,

Next Wednesday, May 25, Daniel Perot will lead us along the banks of the Marne River. Here is his information:
As a few months ago I celebrated a significant anniversary, and
my grandmother (a new one) started walking five miles a day when she was sixty, she's
ninety-seven now, and we don't know where the hell she is...

So, I'll be reasonable to all Seniors: it will be a 12/14-kilometre walk
or option 10/12-km if you take a bus to reach the RER station Noisy-Champs.
Mobilis ticket or Navigo is preferable.

The walk will take place along the beautiful banks of the Marne and its
parallel canal.
We'll visit the parc of the "Château de Champs" with its garden "à la
Française", one of the finest in France, set in a park in the English style.
* Possible visit of the chateau from 1:30 pm till 5 pm.
RER A (direction Marne-la-Vallée), stop at NEUILLY-PLAISANCE (zone 3).
Your train passes through Châtelet/Les Halles at 9:40 arriving at
Neuilly-Plaisance at 9:56.
I suggest you travel in the last carriage of the train.
Return from Noisy-Champs on the same line, but in zone 4.
Purchase a single ticket or a Mobilis.
About possible strike (and toilet) -- Normally there are many RER on this line but you never know, so perhaps you could take an earlier train depending on the situation. Toilet only in a café.
Meeting is outside the station. MAIN EXIT, place de la Gare.
Bring your usual picnic lunch, water and appropriate clothes.
See you soon! Vivement mercredi!
daniel pero

Remember, you need personal liability and accident insurance to participate in our walks.


14 May 2016

May 18 hike

Dear Fellow Hikers ,

A mainly flat walk of 19 km from Epernon to Maintenon with the highlights at the end of the walk being the Louis X1V aqueduct and Chateau de Maintenon but plenty of interest along the way - the pretty Drouette river , a glimpse of the Chateau de Morville , attractive villages , views , churches etc . 
First toilet stop after about 40 mins
Lunch will be a little late (maybe 1.15 pm) so if I am feeling charitable we may stop for 5 minutes or so mid morning - bring a snack if you feel the need !



 BE AWARE  - Both Maintenon and Epernon  are outside of the zones so you will need tickets even if you have a Navigo Pass

Take the 9.06 train from Montparnasse direction Chartres to Epernon arriving at 9.51 . This train calls at Versailles Chantiers at 9.22

Return trains from Maintenon are roughly hourly and we should finish in time to catch the 15.55 - however if you want a bevvy ( drink - usually alcoholic ! ) before catching the train then it could be the 16.55 for Montparnasse or 17.03 for Versailles Chantiers

Wear suitable clothes and footwear - remember it is still early in the season and also consider my reputation as an expert at finding mud ! Bring lunch and plenty of water . There are no opportunities for a bailout on this walk 

See you Wednesday

Judy Choat

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Mobile      06 79 48 38 81 

08 May 2016

Hike for May 11

Hike for May 11  Forêt de Fontainebleau 

We will walk from Thomery to Montigny-sur-Loing. It should be about 18k.
We will walk through the forest to reach the rock formations near Bourron (Restant du Long Rocher & Rochers des Etroitures). There will be ups and downs (estimated cumulative elevation gain: 350m). Wear good footwear, bring snacks. Weather forecast: occasional  showers.

All hikers need personal accident and liability insurance.


-Take train to Montargis at 9.18 from Gare de Lyon, arriving at Thomery at 10.02, Zone 5 (the train stops at Melun-9.43). Departure should be from Hall 1 -lettered platforms- but check on arrival. I will meet you at Gare de Lyon, we will sit in the last car.

-Return trains from Montigny-sur-Loing  every hour: 15.45 (arr:16.41); 16:45 (arr:17.41); 16:56 (arr: 18h15); 17.44  (arr: 18h41)

If you do not have a "Passe Navigo", or benefit from any discounted fares, buy a "Mobilis 5 zones" (16.60€)

See you on Wednesday!