Bretonnière-La Claye island-13km


This circuit follows the contours of an ancient island once bathed by the Gulf of Pictons. Between cultivated areas, old land and natural, floodable meadows, you will enjoy a wide horizon on the Lay and Yon Valleys.

You will discover the valves to regulate the water level in the marshes of the Claye and many hydraulic works such as dikes, bridges....

  • Types : buckle


  • Type of itinerary : Walking
  • Difficulty : Easy
  • Length : 3h
  • Distance : 13 km
  • Marking : Jaune
  • Starting commune : LA BRETONNIERE-LA-CLAYE
  • Arriving commune : LA BRETONNIERE-LA-CLAYE
  • Type of land : Promenade et Randonnée (PR) footpath
Points of interest
Old Marsh Gate Winch

You can still see the old winch used to maneuver the Claye lock valve. Installed in 1852, during the construction of the Claye dike, it dates from the Vauban era.

The Cork Oak

Native to the Mediterranean basin, cork oak loves warmth and light. This oak of more than 300 years old is particularly impressive by its height. Indeed, it is very rare, even in its original region to see such a subject. It is one of the most remarkable trees in the Vendée and is probably one of the most beautiful in France.

The Terrier of the Booth

We are at the culmination of the commune. When the Lay flooded and flooded the marshes, this area was surrounded by water and cut from the surrounding area. This gave its name to the hamlet of the island. From this point we have a magnificent view of the Marais Poitevin.


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