Cousset - Les Arbognes - Cousset
The Arbogne – a water-themed itinerary between history and poetry
On leaving Cousset railway station, we take the road to Arbognes while following the waymarking of The Way of Saint James (Via Jacobi – no. 4). After the Arbognes restaurant, we ascend the steps leading to the Tour de Montagny (Montagny Tower) via the church. The tower can be visited with a little extra effort. We retrace our steps back to the road and, following the waymarked route, cross Montagny-les-Monts village. Where we cross the cantonal road, we head in the direction of Noréaz. Still following the waymarking, we walk alongside the cantonal road before taking the path on our left. At the next crossing before the wood, we leave the waymarked metalled path to head off rightwards. The path rises slightly to altitude point 615. We carry straight on, descending to the Arbogne river, which we will be following from now on. The river’s banks are dotted with numerous popular picnic spots (no tables).
We pass Moulin de Prez, a mill once powered by the Arbogne, which was then used as a refuge-cum-zoo before being turned into a private residence. The area is replete with springs: the waters of one, called Bonne Fontaine (Good Fountain), allegedly remain a constant 10 degrees all year round. The path continues in the freshness of the wood amid the wild beauty of the surroundings.
We come across the Roman aqueduct, which used to be filled by the aforementioned spring. Our route continues on through the wood to the Stern sawing mill and car park. The road can be followed back to Cousset station.