Your one-hour walk begins at the Château d'Ussé, which inspired Charles Perrault to write La Belle aux Bois Dormant. Halfway along the Loire, you will enjoy a beautiful view of an exceptional landscape environment, listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Distance: 8 km
Difficulty : Easy
The Chateau d'Usse
At the edge of the dark and mysterious forest of Chinon, dominating with its high white silhouette the Indre valley, Ussé, the Castle of Sleeping Beauty, is the very symbol of the medieval castle for bold lords and ladies, poets and fairy tales. The terraced gardens were designed by Le Nôtre, creator of the gardens of Versailles. The adjacent collegiate chapel from the early XNUMXth century offers a magnificent porch.
The Village of Rigny-Ussé
To make the link between the Castle and the town centre, a 1km heritage interpretation trail allows you to discover the village. A nature trail also starts from the Château car park. In a bucolic site at the edge of the water, it invites you to discover the curiosities of Rigny-Ussé. Also discover the Sensitive Natural Space of the "Bardeaux de l'Indre", named after the old swamps, divided into arms flowing into the Indre
The Church of Our Lady of Rigny
Dating from the 1860th century, the building has a single nave made up of three bays of warheads. The crossing supports a large square bell tower. In the middle of the window opens a cavity in which springs a source. Excavations have brought to light several successive cemeteries, the oldest of which dates back to the XNUMXth century. Abandoned since XNUMX, the church has been gradually renovated thanks to the efforts of a local association which also offers tours and concerts in the summer.
The last wild river in Europe, the Loire fascinates. During a picnic or for a picturesque break, you can admire an exceptional natural and landscape heritage listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
The Notre-Dame-Des-Eaux oratory
This small monument located just after the Pont Neuf was built just after the flood of 1846. The niche houses a modern Virgin in plaster. On one of the sides, two flood marks are engraved in the tufa.