28 June 2018

Hike for 11 July 2018

                                                             Photo: Stuart Ellis

Around Breuillet    -   16 k

Terrain: 3 steepish climbs

It really gives me great pleasure to redo this lovely walk which I last did on 16th September 2012! 
The route takes us to three interesting churches...and a fox! 
From Breuillet Village we climb up the hill to the Porte des Bourdeaux and Saint Yon church and then follow the path to the village of Boissy sous Saint Yon where we will visit the Saint Thomas Becket church. 

As the name implies this church was associated with Thomas Becket when he fled to France after quarrelling with King Henry II of England. 
After his infamous murder in Canterbury Cathedral in 1170 he was canonised and his tomb became 
one of the most visited pilgrimage sites in Christendom.

We then head for the village of Saint Sulpice de Favières in the Renarde valley where we will have our lunch next to the church regarded as one of the most beautiful village churches in France and  once a major pilgrimage stop . After lunch we gently follow the Renarde (fox) stream to the lovely village of Souzy la Briche. Unfortunately we can't visit the charming château which was once a Presidential weekend retreat!! From Souzy we climb up the hill and finally to Saint Cheron RER. For those who want a slightly longer walk we can continue from Saint Cheron back to Breuillet Village along the l'Orge river (4km).

Getting there:

Gare d'Austerlitz RER C (direction Dourdan) DEBO at 09.16 
arr 10.06 Breuillet Village,  zone 5  (7.50€)
Info: PONT DE L'ALMA  station is closed

Saint Cheron RER C : trains leave at '17 and '47 mins each hour
Breuillet Village: trains leave at '22 and '52 mins each hour

Since we will be visiting so many churches I'm sure that the Almighty will ensure good weather, but just in case come prepared!! 
I'm really looking forward to seeing some familiar faces and meeting new ones. A plus!



NB: Meeting point is at/on the platform, those who wish to travel together usually sit in the rear car. 

Advice to hikers / Conseils aux randonneurs:
Make sure that you are covered by a personal accident and liability insurance, that you are fit enough to do the walk, and have the proper equipment / Assurez-vous que vous êtes couvert par une assurance responsabilité civile, que vous avez la condition physique nécessaire pour faire la randonnée choisie et que vous avez l’équipement adapté.

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