From the Lay car park, you will head to the church of St Sauveur, built in the 12th century on a rock overlooking the river.
Then you will pass at the foot of the Calvary, dating from 1865 where you have a magnificent view of the banks of the Lay.
Continue along the banks of the Marillet, tributary of the Lay, continue by joining either the Marillet dam or by cutting through the chestnut woods to reach the Logis de Marmande, dating from the 16th century, passing by the place called Le Moulin Fleury.
You will then arrive at the village of Mareuil by crossing the vineyards before discovering the gardens of the Town Hall and La Coulée Verte, arboretum specially designed for nature lovers, with a picnic area.
- Types : buckle
- Type of itinerary : Walking
- Difficulty : Easy
- Length : 3h
- Distance : 12.5 km
- Marking : Jaune
- Starting commune : MAREUIL-SUR-LAY-DISSAIS
- Arriving commune : MAREUIL-SUR-LAY-DISSAIS
- Type of land : Promenade et Randonnée (PR) footpath
Points of interest
The Church of Saint Sauveur (Holy Saviour)
The first church was built in Place des Gabares, founded by sailors who had escaped a shipwreck. The two cemeteries found here were superimposed and the system is similar to that of the Gallo-Romans. The second church was made of wood, located in the same place as the present one and was probably burned or demolished. The present church is Romanesque. Built in the 12th century, it was attacked during the Wars of Religions. After reconstruction work, it was declared a historic monument in 1877.
Dating from 1965, it offers stunning views of the city. You can see the castles of Mareuil sur Lay and Beaulieu in particular.
The home of Marmande
During the Vendée Wars, the owner of this 16th century residence, Gilbert de Rorthays, emigrated to London. The castle was then ransacked, burned and confiscated by revolutionary troops. It is sold as a national property as well as the adjoining farm. From this time, occupied episodically, the building decays. In 1964, Mr. Ferré, architect, restored it.