Your hamper is now packed with tasty local food, and you’re looking for a nice spot for a picnic in the country. Here are our picks!
The Pré de Pins in Moret-sur-Loing offers a superb view of the medieval town on the banks of the Loing. Has tables and benches. Route de Saint-Mammès – Free car park
50 metres away (”Parking du Grand Jardin”).
Also in Moret-sur-Loing, three spots on the water’s edge:
On the bridge, under the shelter of the bark mill (one table, access via the bridge)
The two ports of call offer a bucolic setting, by the river (towpath) and canal (Allée Gustave Prugnat), and have tables and benches. Free car parks nearby.
In Saint-Mammès, Chemin des Prés on the banks of the Seine, after Quai de la Croix blanche, which offers a peaceful setting and a beautiful view, as well as tables, benches, barbecue and playground. There is also a fitness trail here!
In Saint-Ange-le-Vieil, a stop designed for hikers, with a shelter, tables and benches: a nice spot for a picnic, in this bucolic village surrounded by fields and woods Rue de la Maire.
At the bathing spot in Montigny, to admire the Loing and the magnificent view of this charming village.
An ideal spot to enjoy “A Day in the Country”, on the shooting location of Jean Renoir’s film. No benches or tables. Access via the D58 road, on the right after the bridge over the Loing as you leave the village, and then take Chemin du Gué.
On the towpath alongside the Canal du Loing, or near the falls of Lunain in Épisy, next to the lock (tables and benches on the D148 Route de Fontainebleau at the entrance to the village).
Parc de Ravannes in Écuelles offers a huge grassy area and an ornamental lake. This used to be the park of a château, which was completely destroyed during the French Revolution. A small bridge remains, under which flows the waters of the river Orvanne. Has tables and benches. Access and parking: roads D40E or D218
Plage de Thomery, on the banks of the Seine, where, in the 1920s, a jazz orchestra and dances attracted up to 2500 people on certain weekends. Car park. Benches and stone blocks. Access via the corner of Rue de Seine and Chemin des Près.
Vernou-La-Celle sur Seine
Port de la Celle in Vernou-la-Celle-sur-Seine, in a bend of the Seine: small neighbourhood around a church by the river (no facilities – D39 Rue de la Plage in La Celle), or in the town in Parc Violette Rette, a small public garden with a brook (shaded benches), on Rue de la Fontaine Martin.
Les Basses Godernes : this protected natural site is located on the banks of the Seine, in Champagne. It offers a varied walking circuit with woods, a pond and meadows. A peaceful, shady spot for lunch or a snack. Has tables and benches.
to take your litter with you when you leave and respect these sites, some of which are listed for the richness of their fauna and flora.