This footpath runs through some very attractive countryside which is characterised by small fields surrounded by hedgerows and by green pastures known in the Poitou region as “pâtureaux”.
Follow in the footsteps of shepherds and shepherdesses as you walk “through the pâtureaux” to discover this region’s rich landscape and the Abbey of Fontmoron. Founded in the 12th century, this priory belonged to the Abbey of Fontgombault and was fortified in the 15th century. Since 1782, it has housed a polychrome stone statue which, up until around 1950, was the object of an annual pilgrimage. Shepherds and shepherdesses came to ask this saint to protect their sheep; they had to bring an offering of wool, light a candle to Saint Antoine and go down to the nearby spring.
Georges Sand and the French chansonnier Frédéric Dupont (1821-1870) stayed at this priory; it was the inspiration for the latter’s poem, which later became the popular song “J’ai deux grands bœufs dans mon étable” (“I have two great oxen in my stable”). Some of the older members of the population, encountered in the pâtureaux, may even be able to provide you with the tune…
This circuit is one of 8 circuits known collectively as "Par les Pâtureaux", located in the La Trimouille and Liglet area.
- Difference in height
- 83.22 m
- 83 meters of difference in height
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