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Cycling path 11 : From the Nature Reserve of Moëze to Brouage's marsh - 13.7 mi

in Moëze
22.7 km
1h 20min
  • From the Moëze-Oléron Nature Reserve to the Beaugeay lock house via Brouage, this route takes you in the footsteps of the former Gulf of Saintonge.
  • Difference in height
    65.09 m
  • Documentation
    GPX / KML files allow you to export the trail of your hike to your GPS (or other navigation tool)
Points of interest
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2 Brouage
From the 16th century onwards, the town of Brouage had a commercial vocation. Indeed, the salt cultivated in the vicinity of the town made it rich and gave it an international reputation. Very quickly, the retreat of the coastline, caused by the influx of alluvial deposits from the Charente and aggravated by the cultivation of salt which dried out the marshes, gradually led to the decline of the town.
3 The Beaugeay Lockmaster's House
The Brouage marsh was cleaned up in the 19th century on the initiative of the sub-prefect of Marennes, Charles Esprit Le Terme. The digging of canals, the installation of locks and the creation of marshland syndicates enabled the marshland to be cleaned up and, above all, the water level to be better controlled.

The Beaugeay lock and its lockhouse were built in the early 19th century. The house which served as the lock keeper's house is now disused and has been restored as part of a programme to renovate traditional rural heritage.
4 L'Île Bordeaux
8000 years ago, the sea invaded the lowlands and created two vast marine gulfs in which highlands emerged as islands. Some places have kept the word "island" in their name. Bordeaux Island is one of them.
65 meters of difference in height
  • Start altitude : 2 m
  • End altitude : 3 m
  • Maximum altitude : 14 m
  • Total positive elevation : 65 m
  • Total negative elevation : -65 m
  • Max positive elevation : 6 m
  • Min positive elevation : -8 m