La Douve footpath in Nalliers - 3 circuits of 3.5, 8 and 16km


Between limestone plains and wet marshes, Nalliers is located on the edge of the Gulf of Pictons, on an old Gallo-Roman road. This trail has the particularity of having 3 possible hiking circuits: 3.5km, 8km and 16km.

  • Types : buckle


  • Type of itinerary : Walking
  • Length : 1h
  • Type of itinerary : Walking
  • Length : 2h
  • Type of itinerary : Walking
  • Length : 5h
  • Distance : 16 km
  • Marking : jaune
  • Starting commune : NALLIERS
  • Arriving commune : NALLIERS
  • Type of land : Promenade et Randonnée (PR) footpath
Points of interest
The bus shelter

Built during a youth camp during the summer of 2010, this school bus shelter was built with the original elements of one of the two towers of the original building of the Nalliers cooperative dairy, which was destroyed in 2009.

The municipal campsite

The campsite Le Vieux Chêne owes its name to the nearby presence of a multi-centennial oak, pride of the local natural heritage.

Boothneuf Fountain

It was built in 1911 at the edge of the plain and marsh, a place of resurgence of the waters of the basement of the plain. It offered the residents of the marsh huts the opportunity to supply drinking water. It was restored during a volunteer youth camp in the summer of 1992.

The road (or rusty) at Chanvre

It is a closed ditch in which hemp and flax stems are macerated in order to release the fibres, useful for making fabrics (flax) or ropes (hemp)

The communal prairie

It covers 107 hectares, and from the end of April to the end of December, hosts the herds of cows and horses of local breeders. This meadow has never been ploughed, which, in addition to the collective pasture, gives it all its faunistic and botanical richness.

The departmental biological reserve of Nalliers

Open to the public from April to September, this 132 ha reserve forms a unique landscape in France. A rich vision of the wild fauna and flora of the wet marsh.

The Moat

For a long time, the Douve, which connects Nalliers to the Dutch Canal, served to trawl the grains of the Luçon plain at Marans, where commercial ships came to be loaded for more distant destinations.