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la forêt au printemps

The Forest of  La Coubre, on Foot, Cycling, Riding, by Car

We are very proud of the forest of La Coubre which is one of the jewels of the Pays Royannais and Charente-Maritime. It covers more than 5 000 hectares bordering the coast along the peninsula of Arvert.

It's an easy forest to reach, set against a relief of dunes, airy, clear and penetrated by shafts of sunlight. It is pleasant to explore the forest at any time of the year, either walking, cycling, riding or by car.

You may be lucky enough to see two roe deers crossing a path, which was the case during our walk in May, 2002 when most of the photos on this page were taken, a time when the gorse and broom added colour to the forest.

The forest was actually built by man

Although it looks so natural today, the forest was actually built by man. The maritime pines were planted in the19th Century to prevent the encroachment of the sand.

The reinforcement work on the dunes and the establishment of the forest are on-going works and are part of a steady policy to fight against the wind and marine erosion.

To find out more about the current conservation programmes, you can visit the page dedicated to the forest of La Coubre on the excellent site of the National Office of Forests.

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Although the forest forms a major part of the touristic landscape, it is also an important economic asset producing a large amount of timber.

To return to the storm of December, 1999, the National Office of Forests stated that the equivalent of ten years yield of timber was brought down during that storm.

The collection of the pine resin

50 years ago, an activity existed which employed a large work force but which disappeared in the 1960's.

It was the gemmage, the collection of the pine resin. Some people will remember the small jars fixed to the trunks of the pines to collect the resin.

Regarding the roads and parking areas, the National Office of Forests has achieved some remarkable work in restoring roads and paths made unusable by the storm of December, 1999.

To answer an increasing demand, new routes are regularly looked for and put into service.

The forest is gradually being restored to its previous state but nevertheless, there are still vast areas where the trees have been felled and piles of timber awaiting removal.

Please note that on Thursdays, which are set aside for hunting, there are restrictions to certain areas and routes in the forest.

On foot...

It is possible to walk in the forest quite freely. There are no rules for pedestrians.

However, by following the pedestrian paths, which are clearly marked, it is easier to find the route and general direction.

The National Office of Forests organises conducted tours every morning during the season, except Sundays and holidays.

Meet at 10 am in the parking area of La Bouverie (road 44), along the Côte Sauvage.

For further information, please telephone beforehand :
Tel. 05 46 90 65 53.

It's an excellent way to discover the riches of the forest of La Coubre and the work of the foresters.

la Pointe Espagnole
la forêt dans les années 1960
la récolte de la résine dans les années 1960
genêts et ajoncs
piste cyclable en forêt

For serious walkers, the long-distance footpath GR4, which goes from Royan to Ronce-les-Bains and the island of Oléron, crosses the forest of La Coubre, from Les Mathes to Ronce-les-Bains.To find out more about the paths for hiking and long walks ( GR) and for short walks (PR) in the Charente-Maritime, visit. web site

Cycling...

A cycle track goes through the forest for about twenty kilometres from La Palmyre to Ronce-les-Bains. This track is the continuation of the one which connects Saint-Palais-sur-Mer to La Palmyre through La Grande Côte.

Cyclists have a magnificent cycle track, both along the coast and through the forest, 30 kilometres long, that is 60 kilometres in total, going there and back, from Saint-Palais-sur-Mer to Ronce-les-Bains.

From La Palmyre and the lighthouse of La Coubre, the track follows the bay of Bonne Anse. From there it continues along to the beaches of the Côte Sauvage, and in particular the Pointe Espagnole, where one discovers the Pertuis de Maumusson, which separates the peninsula of Arvert and the island of Oléron, and the dunes of Saint-Trojan.

Cyclists on mountain bikes also have specific routes marked out in the forest.

Riding...

Bridle paths through the forest are at the disposal of the equestrian clubs of the region.

For more than 30 years, the centre of equitation Le Corral has helped tourists discover the Forest of La Coubre and the Côte Sauvage by guiding them along the bridle paths provided by the National Office of Forests.

To find out more about routes generally, equestrian organisations, equestrian gîtes and all the associated services, you can visit the site of the local Committee of Equitation

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by car...

We suggest you take the D25, the main road between Palmyre and Ronce-les-Bains, approximately 20 kilometres.

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see the route
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