Walking routes around our Les Chérottes house
The Chérottes property, only 75 minutes from Paris, is nestled between the Perche and Iton valleys in a beautiful wooded park bordered by a pristine stream. Maison des Chérottes is a splendid holiday home; a relaxing escape in a region of bucolic splendor. Sports and leisure enthusiasts can enjoy the swimming pool, tennis court and gym, as well as various hikes nearby.
The Eure department offers numerous historical tours, festivals, events and sporting activities. Many of Its 587 communes (home to 600,000 people) are officially recognized by France’s tourism classifications for their historical, aesthetic and artistic importance. This is an area rich in Gallic heritage.
Eure is the only department in Normandy awarded the "Département fleuri", which recognizes greening of public spaces. It’s the most wooded department in Normandy, with 120 km of green bike-routes along the Seine.
When staying at Maison des Chérottes make sure to bring your hiking boots; the walks here are breathtakingly beautiful, a nature-lover’s dream. Altacasa has identified four hikes that start near the Maison des Chérottes and that take in some of the not-to-be-missed natural and cultural sites of Eure.
Le Circuit des Moulins (The Circuit of the Mills)
Distance : 9,5 km
Average duration : 02h00
(Doable on foot or by bike)
Meet in the village of Mesnils-sur-Iton, about ten minutes from the Chérottes mill. Facing the Town Hall, turn right and circle the mills. Amble along the meandering Iton river, in a pleasant valley lined with forests and plains. This river gave life to the mills of yesteryear and enjoyment to some famous characters of the area. Walk in the footsteps of Charles Ritz, of the famous family of hoteliers. Charles Ritz took over the family empire in 1953, but his primary passion was fly fishing, a sport he practiced regularly between Arnières-sur-Iton and Aulnay-sur -Iton
On the hike, while crossing a few rivers, look out for the Sacq mill, the Clairet water tower, the February mill and the Mulot mill.
Sur la route de Compostelle (On the road to Compostela)
Distance : 14 km
Average duration : 03h30
Level : Moyen/Difficile
Departure : Conches-en-Ouche
Doable on foot, by bike or on horseback
Discover the historical treasures of Conches-en-Ouche, capital of Pays d'Ouche, and the mystical valley of Rouloir, with its fine examples of Norman rural architecture. Walk in the footsteps of master glassmaker François Décorchemont, a 19th century French ceramist and glassmaker. Décorchemont is famous for his highly original technique in stained glass, which you can admire at the Sainte Foy church.
Meet in front of the Maison du Tourisme, go through the arboretum on the right and then enter the forest. You will pass by the landscaped park of Pré Bourbeux and several pretty churches, skirting rapeseed fields, rivers and woods.
Circuit du Sec Iton : Gaudreville La Rivière
Distance : 8,5 km
Average duration : 03h00
Level : Easy
Departure : Gaudreville-La-Rivière
Doable on foot, by bike or on horseback
Take a meditative stroll along the Iton river and be sure to peruse the information boards that offer interesting information about the local fauna and flora. To start the walk, go to the Gaudreville-La-Rivière town hall, which is only ten minutes from Les Chérottes, and turn right towards the Route du Point de Saint-Jean. After passing the wooden bridge, head for the chapel. During this walk along the Iton you will come across poplars, rapeseed fields, forests and quaint brick bridges.
Circuit de Malicorne
Distance : 4km
Average duration : 01h00
Departure: Verneuil d’Avre et d’Iton
Doable on foot
A peaceful river meandering through fields of flowers. Walk the Malicorne circuit and discover the village of Francheville, nestled in the Iton valley, which has a rich history in ironwork. While taking in the pretty Normandy countryside, look out for old bridges, ponds, pretty streams and historical sites of interest, including the chapel of Malicorne.
To start the walk go to the Ironwork Museum and take the first path on the left.