Discovering the Chevreuse Valley is a better idea, especially for those who love hiking or walking in nature. This place is full of many tourist sites, natural parks, etc.
1. The village of Chevreuse in a few lines
The village of Chevreuse is one of the places not to be missed in the Ile-de-France region and is described as a “pure postcard setting”. It contains an essential concentration of goatskin tanners. It is for this reason that it was given its name Chevreuse.
There is also a hide dryer, a wash house, some remains of medieval tanneries, the Château de la Madeleine, small hiking trails, and many others. In the heart of the village, a path connected to small-flowered footbridges leading to stone houses borders the small river.
Located along the Yvette canal, the Chevreuse valley tributaries the Orge and flows into the Essonne and Yvelines departments. It is notably:
- A space of nature, full of greenery, very quiet;
- A land of ancient civilization containing the region’s natural, cultural, and tourist heritage.
This park also has many nature reserves, plains, waterfalls, farms, places for hiking, and escapades.
2. Means of transportation to get around the Vallée de Chevreuse
This time, leave your car and choose other means of transportation. Here are some original ideas that will make your trip more fun and unforgettable:
A motorcycle tour
- Visiting the sublime Vallée de Chevreuse by motorcycle is a good option. This 170 km ride can last one day. You will ride through the whole region, including Ile-de-France, Normandy, etc. Between the Chevreuse valley and the Rambouillet forest, you will admire wild landscapes, magnificent settings, legendary curves. In passing, discover also.
- The mythical road of the 17 turns
- Dampierre-en-Yvelines is a small village gathering many motorcyclists and sports cars, especially every Sunday. Don’t forget to stop for about fifteen minutes at “Au comptoir de Marie”.
- The Château de Rambouillet where Louis VXI created a farm
- The training center of the French soccer teams in Clairfontaine
- The Château de Breteuil
A walking tour
Starting from the RER B station, take the pedestrian/cycling path in the direction of Chevreuse. Take a walk and contemplate the beauty of the village of Chevreuse. The trip will take an average of 6 hours and 25 minutes, during which you can visit the Château de Coubertin, continuing to the Coubertin farm.
About 200 m from there, you will see a right turn on the GR11. Continue in this direction until you reach the fire station on Rue Charles Michels. There you will find the promenade des petits ponts. To continue, head either towards the Yvette canal on the right or through the narrow streets with old facades of the Mandar washhouse leading to the Château de la Madeleine.
3. The “Baladobus” from the RER B station in Saint-Rémy-lès-Chevreuse
Taking the Baladobus is ideal for visiting the Regional Natural Park “La Vallée de Chevreuse” and discovering the surrounding tourist sites such as:
- The Castle of Breteuil
- The domain of Dampierre
- The National Museum of Port-Royal des Champs
- The Castle of la Madeleine
- The Calves of Cernay
- The Main court Trail.
Depending on the pass (students and under 18, family and day pass) chosen, the price is between 2 and 10 dollars. Note that the trip is free for children under 6 years old.
4. A bike ride
For bicycle lovers, it’s time to go for a ride in the Vallée de Chevreuse. If you don’t have your bike, it is possible to rent one from the bike rental agency l’Aiguillage. Depending on the model you choose, the price varies from 15 to 50 dollars. Remember to make a reservation between one and two months in advance during the high season.
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