Map of "chemin du Genévrier"


The way created with :


  • Walking time: 1:15
  • For kids and adults
  • Good hiking shoes are needed

On your way, follow the blue arrows, you will find numbered tags. For each tag, you see the menu on the left to find the information.

  • Do not disturb animals
  • Keep your dog on a lead
  • Do not pick flowers
  • Take your garbage away
  • No fire and no barbecue

This trail was created with the support of the Department of Eure in the framework of its policy of ENS and the City of Andelys. The Department of Eure engages in many activities for the preservation of our natural heritage:

  • Improve naturalist knowledge
  • Manage the most sensitive natural areas
  • Awareness about the environment

"The Chateau Gaillard naturalist footpath"


You might see the agile frog jumping in the woodland, watch out, it’s a little animal! There is also the Tawny Owl that spends its time in old trees. You won’t see it before nightfall. You will go through an animal crossing. Can you recognize some tracks? (Wild boar, fox, deer, rabbit, squirrel).


You may ask yourself what’s the purpose of leaving dead logs and fallen timber in the woodland? It is the process of self-regulation of the forest. Dead wood and fallen trees contribute to regenerate the soil naturally, to conserve rich humus, food and habitats for insects and fungi.


The chalk grassland is home to many rare species typical of dry soil. You can observe this wonderful scenery where a wall of clay and chalk follows the river Seine's meanders called «les Boucles de la Seine».


Scientists, technicians and shepherds work together to open spaces in order to help plants and insects in their movement and development. Sheep and other animals carry seeds, in their fur or wool, that spread everywhere they will go. No need of a gardener to sow! Our goal is to have a continuity of open lands just like as it was in the past. Have you noticed the presence of Junipers? It’s the result of former pastures. The Juniper berry is well known for its healing values and its delicious taste with different sorts of game and sauces!


Until the 1950s, these places were grazed by flocks of sheep, as you can see on this old picture. There were vineyards, and fruit trees (morello cherry and apple). People used to grow barley; wheat and some plants which were used for dyes.

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