Beginning in Bègles, this family-friendly trip provides a total immersion in the parks that run through the L’Eau Bourde valley as well as châteaux from the Pessac-Léognan appellation. The itinerary also takes you deep into the forests of the “Blue Lake” park.
The trip begins at the tram station Vaclav Havel.
Cross the Route de Toulouse and take Avenue Edouard Bourloux for 1 km. At the roundabout, take the 1st right, Chemin de Leysotte. After 500 m, turn the Chemin Charles Tellier cycle path on the left. At the end, turn right on the cycle path that runs along Rue Pierre Corneille. When you arrive at the crossroads, take the second exit onto the Arthur Rimbaud cycle path. At the traffic lights, cross Avenue de Thouars passing by the nautical stadium then follow the cycle path on the left, towards château de Thouars.
Continue on this path then take the blue bridge over the ring road. Take the cycle path on Rue Bourdillat. When you arrive at the roundabout, go straight, still on Rue Bourdillat. At the stop sign, leave Rue Saint-François Xavier to the right and take Rue de Martinon. At the end of this road, turn right onto Rue de la Croix de Monjous. At the junction, cross, then turn left onto Rue des Fontaines de Monjous. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit on the right, following the cycle path along Rue du Moulineau, which takes you past the entrance to Moulineau Park. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit and go 15 m before turning left to take the cycle path along Route de Léognan. At the roundabout, take a right onto Rue de Poumey. After 500 m, take the bridge on the right.
At the crossroads for Cours du Général de Gaulle, you’ll see le Prieuré de Cayac (the ‘Priory of Cayac’) 3 on your left. Take the cycle path opposite along Route de Pessac, then take the trail along L’Eau Bourde from the car park on the left. At the end, take the bridge on the left and join Rue de la Fontaine de forgeron. Take Rue de Chartèze on the right, then at the roundabout, take the third exit onto Rue de Beausoleil. Continue onto Rue du Chaut, then take Chemin de Fouquet on the right and continue onto Rue de Catoy. At the roundabout, take the cycle path on the right, heading to Léognan. After riding 1 km along this path, turn right onto Chemin de la Saucette. 1.5 km later, cross Route Cestas-Léognan, taking Chemin de la Bayche opposite. At the crossroads, turn left, taking the path between Chemin du Peych and Chemin de la Bayche.
Once you arrive at le lac bleu (“the blue lake”) 4, take the path on your left that goes around the lake. After ‘la maison du Lac Bleu’, take Chemin des Terres Rousses on your left. At the roundabout, take the cycle path on your right to the centre of Léognan, eventually passing Château Haut-Bergey.
In Léognan, pass the church, then at the roundabout go straight on Rue Louise Michel then take Rue du 19 mars 1962 on your right. At the roundabout, take Rue Jules Guesde on the right. After the pharmacy, take the cycle path on your left and continue straight until Avenue de Cadaujac. Turn left and continue on this path until the water tower, passing in front of Château Larrivet Haut-Brion, Château Haut-Bailly and Château La Louvière.
Take Chemin de Peyssadet on the left, then continue onto Chemin De Veyres and Rue Louis Aragon. At the roundabout at the top of the hill, take the Chemin de Pauge cycle path opposite. Cross Route de Léognan, continuing onto Allée Magellan, and then turn right onto Avenue de la Liberté, a road that runs past Château Brown.
After the gate, take Allée de l’Abbé Moreau. Continue onto Rue de Verdun then turn right into Rue Jean Rostand, then left at Rue Jean Monnet. At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit for Chemin Gaston. At the next roundabout, take Rue de la Croix de Monjous on the right. At the following one, take the cycle path in an axial position that crosses the ring road, then, at the roundabout, turn right onto cycle path along Avenue Pablo Néruda. Finally, continue onto Avenue Edouard Bourlaux which takes you back to the Vaclav Havel tram station.
ON THE ROUTE OR NEARBY
- Le Hamac (“the hammock”)
- Georges de Sonneville Museum +33 (0)5 56 75 34 28
Visiting and tasting possible upon reservation:
- Château Carbonnieux, +33 (0)5 57 96 56 20
- Domaine de Chevalier, +33 (0)5 56 64 16 16
- Château Malartic-Lagravière, +33 (0)5 5 56 64 75 08