Why we love
Nestled between the Touvre and the Charente, the town of Gond Pontouvre has preserved an important natural heritage throughout which are revealed dykes, locks, bridges, mills, fountains and washhouses.
At the wash house, take the small fisherman's path that runs along the river and come out at the foot of the RD 747 bridge.
At the wash house on the left, leave the Route de Vars and go up in the village on the right by the Rue Honoré de Balzac. Turn right on Place Buffon, and at the end follow Rue La Fontaine on the left. Turn right onto Rue Racine.
Climb the adjoining slope and continue straight ahead parallel to the railway line until you reach the Puyrenaud road which you follow to the right. Go past the houses and continue along the path.
Turn right on Rue Pasteur for 500 m - see the restored wash house Place de l'Indépendance.
Take the footbridge that leads to the island and return to the starting point.