Today we enjoyed a circular walk of 9km starting in Lournand and passing through Chevagny and Collonges. Lournand is in the hills opposite Cortambert on the other side of the Grosne valley and from there we could see the whole of our commune at once.
It was a tough walk and the sun was hot. At first we had a steep descent but after that I began to think I was toiling up The Impossible Staircase as we seem to be climbing the whole time.
Although we were within sight of Cortambert the countryside on the Lournand side of the valley is very different with its hayfields and cereal crops instead of vineyards and forests. Even the houses were different with galleries running the length of the house and huge barns underneath. And the geraniums and roses were wonderful.
At Collonges we appreciated a rest in the cool interior of the Chapel of Saint Laurent. It’s thought to be 14th century and contains the 11th century font from the Chapel at Cotte, just off the Cormatin-Cluny road.
Next month we will be celebrating the end of this season’s Sunday walks with a rando-picnic at the Chapel at Charcuble with a walk up to the restaurant at Mount Saint Romain for coffee. We’ll keep you posted.