Circuit 20 The Circuit of Saint Antoine by the Roman Road

Natural ,  Walking/pedestrian at Nolay
  • The Saint Antoine Circuit by the Roman Road : Varied circuit in the Cosanne Valley.

    Points of interest : old viaduc; views over Nolay and then Cormot; old road with furrows drilled into the rockface; banks of the Cozanne

    General Information :

    Start: Cormot: 2.5 km north of Nolay on the D111e.
    Departure of the walking tour next to the bus stop:
    Parking: Between Cormot-le-Grand and Cormot-le-Petit by the bus shelter.
    Distance: about 6 km
    Duration: about 2 hours 30
    Height gained: about 190 m
    Level: family
    Markers: directional posts and paint marks on various objects (walls, trees, ground etc).
    TAKE CARE: do not confuse with the yellow paint marks of the Jean-Marc Boivin trail with some having the letters JMB.
    Restrictions: TAKE CARE during the hunting season (September till end-February) and official culls.


    "Step by step" :

    From the car park (You will find a map of the tour on the left of the bus stop, outside), head towards Nolay along the D111e road.
    In about 50 metres, turn right and cross the Cosanne.
    In about 10 m, turn left into a small trail alongside a ditch.
    Coming out onto the road 1, 2, take almost opposite (post P26) a small grassy path along the Cosanne (‘pedestrians only’ sign).
    In about 200 m, cross the Cosanne, and pass between two meadows.
    Take the tarmac road on the right. Ignore a tarmac road on the left and continue towards the viaduct 3.
    At a junction, continue to the right along the tarmac road.
    In 20 m, turn left on a grassy track. Turn right then left in 10 m and reach the edge of the Cosanne.
    Take the bridge to the right (Rue de la Chapelle).
    Arriving at Rue Saint Pierre 4, turn left towards the centre of Nolay.
    In just over 100 metres, turn right (Rue du Collège). At the next junction, go straight on. Then take a right at the bend, Rue de Prévetot.
    At the next junction, turn right (circuit no 21 continues left).
    At the next fork (post P46), turn right (circuit no 21 descends left).
    Continue to climb the path, which is no longer tarred. Ignore a path on the left.
    Arriving at the tarmac road, turn left, crossing the bridge over the old railway line 3.
    After the bridge, continue up the tarmac road lined with vineyards 5. Cross the D111j road (post P125) and continue on a dirt road opposite 6.
    At the fork, take the path on the right plunging into the thickets, then up between the old dry stone walls, before becoming steep-sided. Ignore all the roads on both sides.
    Shortly before the summit, with its rocky outcrops 7, grooves carved into the rock are visible (post P123) 8.
    Continue up the path overlooking the Cosanne Valley 9.
    Arriving at the plateau, go straight ahead.
    Pass an isolated house. The road becomes tarred.
    At the junction, turn right 10.
    In about 25 m (post P47), take another right (circuit no 19 continues to the left) down the wide path 11.
    At the next junction (post P25), turn right.
    Ignore all the roads on both sides. Tar then replaces dirt.
    Cross the road. Continue along the grassy path opposite. At the road, turn right.
    At the bridge, turn left and head up (sign "les falaises" (cliffs)). At the crossroads, go straight on.
    At the last house, turn right on a level grassy path along the edge of the meadow.
    Once on the road, turn right and return to the car park.
  • Difference in height
    192.81 m
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