Esprit rando

Path of the valiant steps

in Saint-Médard-en-Forez
7.0 km
2h
Very easy
  • After passing through the pretty market town of Saint-Médard-en-Forez, this walk, which is accessible to all, allows hikers to admire the plain and the Forez mountains. Partly shaded, this route is ideal for hot days, as it passes through the woods.

  • Departure from church square, Saint-Médard-en-Forez.

    - Pass under the large semicircular stone gateway, and admire the 12th-century church porch. Drive along the castel grounds, past the town hall and then turn left in front of the former private school.

    - At the Tinchon crossroads, turn right; as you leave the village, turn left in front of the father's cross.

    - Between Passementerie path and Chevillonnière path : take a dirt track (impasse Staron) on the left, skirting a...
    Departure from church square, Saint-Médard-en-Forez.

    - Pass under the large semicircular stone gateway, and admire the 12th-century church porch. Drive along the castel grounds, past the town hall and then turn left in front of the former private school.

    - At the Tinchon crossroads, turn right; as you leave the village, turn left in front of the father's cross.

    - Between Passementerie path and Chevillonnière path : take a dirt track (impasse Staron) on the left, skirting a meadow.
    - When you reach Chevillonniere path, turn left and walk for 50 metres.

    - At la crow's feet: take the right-hand path alongside the farm.

    - At the crossroads between the three dirt roads, go straight ahead, leaving the landscaped path from Saint Médard en Forez on your right to join the D6: cross (beware of danger) and climb into the Meycillieux woods.

    - At the end of the short climb, take the track on your left. At the junction of 4 paths, continue straight ahead, then at the next intersection, turn right, leaving the meadow on your left. Continue straight ahead on the path. Turn right to go to Les Meilles (view of St Médard).

    - After Les Meilles farm, turn right onto Joyaux path. Continue on the left-hand fork in the road to Le Guillarme.

    - When you reach the Aveizieux road, turn right across it, then 20 m further on, take the dirt track on the left. At the intersection, go down the right-hand path, then at the crossroads, go straight on to join La Conche. Turn right onto the asphalt road. Further down, go straight ahead on the Buyet path. Then take the small dirt track on the right that joins the main road.

    - Cross the road (beware of danger) to take the track opposite. Go down into the woods, then straight on at the crossroads with the "ruisseau du creux", to return to the village via the "chemin des Planchettes".
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