We had planned another route in La Brenne for our last day’s walking. Helen had a route card displaying a variety of routes, and our intention was to put the longest one and the shortest one together…

… well that was our intention. On waking (every morning we both woke up at exactly the same time… 7am. We weren’t psychic- the village church is only feet away from the gites and the bells ring at 7am every morning…) I went down to make a drink, took Helen’s in to her and settled back in bed with my book.

Half an hour later I fully intended getting up but found myself shouting to Helen ‘Do you want another drink?’ so by the time we stirred ourselves, bought breakfast from the little Boulangerie in the village who’s owner opened as and when she felt like it, the time was getting on a bit as we drove to Azay le Ferron and the start of the walks.

The short walk was a three mile circuit around the gardens of the impressive chateau, we had to pay to gain entrance but it wasn’t too expensive. The gardens are extensive and are well worth seeing.

The gardens

We decided to eat lunch on a comfy bench in the gardens- however after eating and a cuppa our desire to walk further was rapidly deserted us and we both decided to look round the rest of the gardens and return to the gite for a relaxing afternoon.


Inside the Chateau

We did redeem ourselves with an evening walk and unwittingly walked another four mile route around Chabanet, reaching our village in the dark and being treated to an impressive lightening display.

Evening light

It felt quite fitting- a dramatic end to a good week’s walking.

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