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Cycling path 4 : Tour of the Communals - 5 mi

in Saint-Hippolyte
7.9 km
  • Depart from the town of St Hippolyte to reach the more natural landscapes of the banks of the Charente. The suspension bridge is then revealed, as are the quays of Tonnay-Charente.
  • Difference in height
    33.07 m
  • Documentation
    GPX / KML files allow you to export the trail of your hike to your GPS (or other navigation tool)
Points of interest
1 The church of Saint-Hippolyte
Situated on the site of an ancient Gallic road, the church was built in the 12th century by Geoffroy le Vieux, Lord of Tonnay, who deposited part of the relics of Saint-Hippolyte there.
The coat of arms of the Mortemart family, lords of Tonnay, is represented in the nave in the centre of the vault.
2 Tonnay-Charente Suspension Bridge
This bridge, inaugurated in 1842, is one of the oldest suspension bridges in Europe at 620m long.
After several years of service, the bridge was collapsing. On 21 August 1883, sand was piled up on the deck and before reaching the test threshold, the deck failed.
It was not until 10 March 1885 that the bridge was reopened to traffic after being rebuilt by Ferdinand Arnodin.
The bridge is accessible on foot or by bicycle. Exceptional view over the marshes and the quays of Tonnay-Charente.
33 meters of difference in height
  • Start altitude : 6 m
  • End altitude : 6 m
  • Maximum altitude : 8 m
  • Minimum altitude : 1 m
  • Total positive elevation : 33 m
  • Total negative elevation : -33 m
  • Max positive elevation : 1 m
  • Min positive elevation : -2 m