The Sentier du Val (valley discovery trail), or Salamander trail

The Sentier du Val, as its name suggests, begins near the car park of Château du Val, and was entirely redesigned in 2014 by the Office National des Forêts. There are ten halts on a 3 km loop which includes the Mare aux Canes lake. The topics presented relate either to the natural environment (forest floor, dead tree, ponds and trees, for example) or to history (royal hunts or the remains of the Petit Parc wall. To guide you, follow the salamander, the emblem of François Premier who once owned this site.

Information on the tour

Distance: 3 km. Beginner

Duration: 3 hours

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Starting point – Château du Val car park

The starting point is marked by a panel on the lawn, along from the Château du Val car park. The path is marked all the way by salamanders on small panels.


Stage 1 – the dead tree

Stage 2 – renewal of the forest

Stage 3 – a special environment – La Mare aux Canes (duck pond)

Stage 4 – former Conflans road

Stage 5 – some forest trees

Stage 6 – remains of the Petit Parc wall

Stage 7 – Actéon intersection

How royal hunting grounds were organised.

Stage 8 – measuring trees

Stage 9 – forest cultivation