The department of the Charente has over 30 well signposted circular bike rides. Usually each circular has 3 rides ranging from very easy to difficult. This doesn’t necessarily mean the ride is easy or difficult, the rating seems to be decided by the distance, but that doesn’t seem to follow either as ride B on one map can be shorter than B on another map. Oh well, the rides are always fun and you get to see things you would miss by car.
The church of Saint Maixent at Empuré is dated from the 12th century. Some parts of the church had collapsed over the years but the church is now being properly cared for and in 1914 it was given Historic Building status. The church also has many paintings from the Middle Ages on its walls.
The bread oven at Ferret hadn't been used for 55 years when it was restored and reopened in September 2011. It was covered in brambles, the roof needed replacing and the walls were re-pointed in lime. It is now in full working order and can bake bread once again for the village.
|Saint Maixent Church, Empuré|
|Keen young cyclist|
Which one do I ride :)
|Old bread oven at Ferret.|