Les Prés de Ménetreuil


Route: Les Prés de Ménetreuil

Area: Bourgogne, France

Date of walk: 14th August 2018

Walkers: Andrew, Gilly and Francine

Distance: 2.0 miles

Ascent: nil

Weather: Sunny

On the way to a walking holiday in the Alps we stopped off for a happy reunion with Gilly’s French penfriend, Francine. The two of them have been corresponding for over 50 years. Francine and her husband Hervé own an ancient farmhouse in Menetreuil, Le Devu, which they have lovingly converted over the years, and now run as a characterful ‘chambres d’hôtes‘. For anyone visiting the Bresse Bourgogne area in eastern France – a gourmet’s paradise – I can highly recommend Le Devu as a base

After a night spent reminiscing a sunny day dawned and Francine kindly offered to take us on a short local walk, combined with a drive around the Menetreuil area. We parked in the public car park at the entrance to Les Prés de Ménetreuil, which is a flood prairie consisting of meadows, lakes, pools and streams and is a haven for wildlife. The maps page indicates the location of the start, but I’ve not included a route map as there are various options and these are clearly described on the notice board at the entrance

We followed a path through the fields until we arrived at the main lake which we skirted around before joining a boardwalk which took us across some of the wetter areas. It was easy going throughout, with zero ascent on account of the flat terrain in these parts, and we thoroughly enjoyed the walk, although the highlight of the day was catching up with Francine and Hervé again and enjoying their good company, food and wine – ‘merci beaucoup’ you two for a wonderful stay

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