Local walks: Bors-de-Montmoreau

Two sets of friends visiting over the Easter holidays gave us the excuse to take some time off, and to pack the weekend full of activities. Over four days we managed to cram in a dinner party for 10 people, the 15km walk to Champagne Fontaine, three meals out, stand-up paddle boarding (more on this later – let’s just say, it’s not a sport that lends itself to someone with no balance!), and a lovely meander around Bors.

Bors-de-Montmoreau is a tiny little village with a population of just over 600 people, about 20 mins away from us, over the border in the Charente.

It’s a pretty little place, with the Château des Plassons, a 15th Century Cognac producer, located just on the outskirts, and Moulin de Perdigeau, an 18th Century mill and former Nazi watch tower about 3km away.

Our walk started in the centre of the village and took us past the church and war memorial, and along the D10 to just past where it meets the D89. Here we took a right down a dirt track (called Le Bourg on the map), which led us through a pine forest to the mill.

The views from the top of the mill were fabulous – countryside for as far as the eye could see.

20170417_151132We carried on through the forest until we came out at on a small road towards the back of the village. The road was lined with vines, all owned by the Chateau – itself a fabulous old building, steeped in history. We think a visit to taste its produce in the near future is a must!

Had the local bar, La Cloche, been opened we would also have ventured in there. This is a fab little place with good beer and a pool table. Perfect for early doors on a Saturday evening.

For us though, it was a bottle of fizz and some strawberries that greeted us on our return. And so we sat, drinks in hand, resting our legs while enjoying the view.

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