HIKES AROUND MERVENT
Considered as one of the most beautiful hikes in the Vendée, the Mervent hiking trail will allow you to discover a wide variety of landscapes. Walking in the middle of the forest or on flat and clear grounds you will sometimes pass on very steep paths with strong unevenness along the calm waters of the magnificent and gigantic lake of Mervent dam. The fauna and flora are rich, you will undoubtedly walk to the sound of the many birds and animals that inhabit the forest.
The forest of Mervent Vouvant covers more than 5000 ha and represents the real green lung of a whole region.
There are no less than 5 marked hiking trails that crisscross the forest from north to south. Each trail offers a different level of difficulty, adapted to all the people in the family and according to their abilities or desires.
- The Citardiere trail
- The Petit Maillezais trail
- The Douard forestry trail
- The Balingue trail
- The Prune Trail
WHITE STONE CLIMBING WALL
The climbing rock of Pierre Blanche is known in the whole region. It offers to the followers of this sport a good level of difficulty without going to extreme problems.
Climbing or rock climbing, it doesn’t matter what it’s called, the only objective is to surpass oneself, to gain self-confidence, to defy the elements.
This rock has no less than 41 climbing routes and it is preferable to practice this sport in this place from April to October, beyond the conditions are not very favorable or even dangerous.
The rock is about 34 meters high, pure happiness and at the end a splendid view on the whole forest.
MERVENT BICYCLE PATHS
What could be more pleasant than riding through the forest on a bicycle? A silent, ecological means of transportation that allows for quick travel while having the opportunity to admire many landscapes.
The Vendée department has set up the “Vendée by bike” program, a vast plan to equip and develop bicycle paths. If you travel these trails (more than 1800 km in total) do not imagine dilapidated or abandoned routes but rather well developed, well marked and above all well studied infrastructures.
In Mervent, there are 6 circuits of different lengths and difficulties depending on the distance you wish to cover:
- The Loop of Vouvant 17km 2h easy access
- The Loop of Pierre Brune 10km 1h30 difficult
- La Boucle des Minières 12km 1h30 Very easy
- La Boucle de Saint-Luc 13km 2h Difficult
- La Boucle de Mervent 12km 2h Difficult
- The Balingue Loop 10km 2h Very difficult