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At the rear of the car park, take the long track that rises up (“Chemin des 4 chênes”).
At the “4 chênes” crossroads, go straight on. The track becomes tarmac. Follow it
You arrive in Sart-Dames-Avelines. Take the first turning on the left (Chemin Bruyère du Coq) and continue as far as rue de Villers. Turn left at the T-junction. Take the first on the right (rue du Marais). Take the first on the left. Turn onto the first track on the left, and then take a right immediately. Follow the track straight on. The track becomes a street. Take the first street on the left.
At the T-junction, turn right (rue de la Grosse Boule). At the crossroads, continue straight on. Pass in front of the Haras des Avelines (5.7 km). Continue straight on. Where the paths cross, golf course. Turn left, and stay on the main track.
Arrivée à un T. Prendre à gauche (château féodal du 12ème siècle). Dans le bas, passer le pont (Thyle) sur la gauche et rejoindre la route principale. Prendre à droite. Puis prendre le deuxième chemin à gauche, juste avant un dos d’âne, indication « 4 chênes ». Au bout du chemin, prendre à droite et 100m plus loin, à gauche.
At “4 chênes”, carry straight on. The track crosses some fields and then enters the forest. Continue as far as the road. Be careful of fast traffic on the road. Turn left. Take the first road on the right (not the track), cross the bridge (Ry d’Hez) and turn right into Rue du Fosty. Before no. 57, go up the paved track on the left. It turns into an earth track later. Cross the field and head for the corner of the wood. At the top of the track, take a wide track on the right. When you reach the tarmac, go straight on. You arrive at a crossroads with a main road. At the main road, turn right and go ahead for 100m. Take the track on the left towards “Bousval”.
At the fork, continue on the wide track, slightly to the right. At the next fork, follow the wide track slightly to the left.
Carry on along this track, which turns into a road. Ignore 2 roads to the left. After Bousval castle, turn right towards “Baisy-Thy” and “Villers-la-Ville”. At the fork, take the rue du Grand Arbre (dead end). Follow the track that goes up and gets narrower. Further on, you are out in the fields again. Do not leave this track. At the T-junction, take the wide track to the left. At the next crossroads, take the main track, which goes off to the right at an angle (not the small track that also goes to the right). At the bottom of the track, N 275: left, then right to cross the bridge over the railway line.
At the crossing, take the track on the right. It drops down gently at first but then becomes steeper.
There is a pond at the bottom. Go left for 50 m, then take a track to the right. Big star-shaped crossing. Take the track to the right. At the fork, take the track to the right. At the next crossing, go straight as far as the bottom of the descent. After a small stream, take the first track on the left. At the next fork, turn right and then follow the track on the right, which climbs up steeply.
You arrive at a place called “étoile” (a star-shaped crossroads). Cross the clearing and continue along the track in front of you. You arrive at Rue de l’abbaye (paved). Turn right and go down. Walk around the abbey, pass under the arches and you get back to the starting point.