Île-de-France heritage: a bucolic walk from bridge to bridge in the Vallée de Chevreuse

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Published by Violaine D., Rizhlaine F. · Photos by Violaine D. · Published on 27 June 2022 at 15h45
At the end of RER B, the village of Saint-Rémy-lès-Chevreuse is the starting point of several walk routes in the Vallée de Chevreuse. Among them, the small bridge hike.

Looking for a great outing in the Île-de-France countryside? We have found a heart-stopping walk to enjoy on your own or with your relatives. Once you made it to the Saint-Rémy-lès-Chevreuse railway station, you have to head to the village of Chevreuse to join the beginning of the small bridge hike where – depending on seasons – cows placidly graze.

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A ten-minute walk is enough to join the junction of the rue des ponts Blonniers you will have to follow. After walking over the Yvette River, turn left on the pedestrian path laying along the river: the walk can start!

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All along the path, be amazed by the charm of the many small bridges pacing the route – over twenty of them. Made of stone, metal, covered in flowers, old, renovated, surrounded by waterlilies, straight, concave… their diversity is striking.

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But these bridges are not the only point of interest of this walk. Keep your eyes open and you will see here and there traces of the former tanning business such as washing places, huts by the river, and a skin drying room now turned into a community hall.

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Once you reached the center of the village, if you feel like it, you can walk up the château de la Madeleine, towering over the Vallée de Chevreuse. The panoramic views are a great reward! And by the way, since you are there, how about visiting the Maison-musée Raymond Devos, an atypical and fun cultural center likely to surprise you!

Well, the Île-de-France region has a lot of gems to discover!

Practical information

Dates and Opening Time
Starts 27 June 2022

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    78470 Saint-Rémy-lès-Chevreuse
    78470 Saint Remy les Chevreuse

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