Distance: 25 km
Duration (average): 1h30

Adapted to:

By bike



Plaque verte avec dessin blanc.
Départ: stade de Champagné-les-marais. Cette balade à vélo est un itinéraire balisé en un seul sens.


The Marais Poitevin is a territory entirely shaped by man. For more than 1000 years, the latter has made considerable efforts and surprising ingenuity to ensure water management. It all started in the Middle Ages thanks to the monks. Then in the 17th century, major works made it possible to channel the water and manage it in a sustainable way. It is this great work that you discover in the dry marsh. In 1602, Champagné-les-Marais began organizing salt marshes. The water level was strictly controlled to harvest this "white gold". The salt was intended to supply the town of Poitiers, the grocery stores of Marans, Luçon or the farms for salting pigs and butter. These salt marshes operated until 1931. There are few visible traces of these meticulously maintained spaces. Most often there are only low reliefs left, called "marshes andâts". Yet salt mining has played a major role in the marsh economy. From the Gallic period onwards, it was produced around the Gulf with pictons.