Trial - 1 - Around Bois de Ferrière
All our trails have ‘Le Cray’ as start and finish.
Hike 1 takes about one hour and is approximately five kilometre long. Heavy shoes are recommended.
Starting at the apartment turn left, after 200 meter you’ll pass the Old School. (see picture 1)
At the restaurated Cross (Picture 2) you’ll pass Mistemagne and after 150 meter you turn onto the D279.
At the split of the road (see picture 3) you keep right (do not take entrance to ‘Salle Polyvalente’ ) follow the road uphill. This is quite a steep uphill. (in dutch a 'kuitenbijter).
After 200 meter you’ll come to a split to ‘Les Vignes’ (see pict 4). Also here you’ll find a Cross (Croix du Jubilé dated 1852). Here you turn left. Below left you’ll see ‘Le Cray’.
Here you’ll turn right.
A beautiful panorama reveals it self on your right side. (see picture 6)
Continued walking, with on your left side the ‘Bois de la Ferrière’, you’ll arrive at a farm, just when you think you’re at a dead end, you’ll find a cobble stone path turning left (picture 7). Here you’ll continue your route along the edge of the forrest (picture 8).
Past the farm you’ll have a view of Vieux Bourg pastures (picture 9).
You’ll walk to the end of the path and on the left pass a meadow with horses and on the right some trees where you’ll often see the famous Charolais cows.
The Charolais cows are world renown for the quality of their meat.
In St.Christophe and Brionnais, about 7 kilometer from Vareilles, is the 500 year old market, where every Wednesday from 6 am the Charolais cows are traded.
This is certainly worth a visit.
At the end of the path you’ll come to a T split and you’ll turn left (picture 12)
On the left side you’ll pass the camping ‘à la Ferme’ (picture13).
Past the camping you’ll arrive at the split to Ferrière and Perrière, you’ll take the direction to Ferrière on the left (picture14).
After 300 meter you’ll come to the road crossing Vareilles- Amanzé (the D279) and cross the road (picture 15).
You are now in the area ‘Ferrière’ (picture 16).
All areas/parcels in France are registrated with their unique name, as with us ‘ Le Cray’ and ‘En Fayolle’.
Such an area is called a ‘ Lieu-dit’. In the local area this is often used in lieu of street names.
At the next split, the one with the gate, you’ll take the left road (picture 17).
First you’ll walk past the farm of Labrosse and subsequently follow the road down
Below you’ll cross a brook which is one of the many sources of the Loire. So you could actually say that you walked to the source of the Loire.
At the house of the family Perrier you’ll keep to the left (picture 18).
At the end of the road you’ll see again the reastaurated Cross (picture 1) and you’ll turn right.
After 150 meter you have arrived again at ‘Le Cray”.