Tourist site: Le Puits d’Enfer

Among the tourist sites I already wanted to visit this site: Le Puits d’Enfer; a hike is located at this site.

Geolocated about twenty km south of Parthenay and north-east of Niort, in the opposite direction from the Marais Poitevin, which is connected to the Atlantic ocean, and touches the western gates of Niort, is this ride, in Deux-Sèvres.
[not far from the A10 motorway towards Bordeaux, and the junction with the A83 towards Nantes]

Southern tip of the Gâtine massif, making the geological link between the granite hills and the limestone plains, called ‘Seuil’ or ‘Passage’ du Poitou, this site probably overlook the Sèvre Niortaise valley.

There are: a culminating point, a rock chaos, a stream and a waterfall, surrounding vegetation including a tree classified as “remarkable”; bonus: hiking paths with stairs, enough to take deep breaths of chlorophyll, in peace, far from the crowds.

Map of western France.Southern tip of the Gâtine massif: le Puits d Enfer
Map of western France, Poitou terroir.
Southern tip of the Gâtine massif, tourist site: Le Puits d Enfer
Remarkable Tree of Puits d Enfer
Remarkable Tree of Puits d Enfer, this ancient pollard oak is 250 years old and has a waist circumference of 13 feet. Elected “tree of the year” by the Poitou-Charentes region in 2015
Hiking stairs at Puits d Enfer
Hiking stairs at Puits d Enfer, surrounded by trees look great
Hiking stairs at Puits d Enfer
Hiking stairs at Puits d Enfer, surrounded by trees look green
The stream Puits d Enfer
The stream Puits d Enfer, with rocks
Waterfall at Puits d Enfer
Waterfall at Puits d Enfer, and the stream

Below, you will find on the map  Le Puits d’Enfer, with these GPS coordinates


Note: There is another interesting site with a similar name, on the coast with seashore paths, in Les Sables d’Olonne, in the department of Vendée.

Le Puits d Enfer in Les Sables d'Olonne, in the Vendée department, on the coast
Le Puits d Enfer in Les Sables d’Olonne, in the Vendée department, on the coast
Sources :
  • Sites

Tourisme Deux-Sèvres, Le Puits d’Enfer – Site: Le Puits d’Enfer

Commune d’Exireuil – Site: Le Puits d’Enfer

onetwotrips: Deux-Sèvres, Rando Le Puits d’Enfer


Les Sables d’Olonne, Le Puits d’Enfer