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Point du Payre
Nature Reserve of the Pointe-du-Payre is one of the most picturesque
places to visit in the Vendee, it is also of great geological
interest and a pristine natural habitat.
It is reached from the car park to the plage de Mines which is at the
end of the road from Jard sur Mer sign posted to the Abbaye Lieu-Dieu
which is about half a kilometer before on the right.
The walk through the woods of Holm oak has several branches off to the
right to the cliffs, there are attempts to stop visitors from getting to
the cliffs but most are in bad repair. There is a well trodden footpath
around the cliffs, great care should be taken as they are fragile and
made up on loss stones and sand over harder rock. The cliffs here are of
great interest to geologists and students come from many parts to study
the unusual make up of the rocks from the Jurassic period.
At the entrance to the River Payre a large sand spit reaches out from
the Plage de Veillon near Port Bourgenay, the River Payre then meander
its way back to the port de Guittiere. All along the inner reaches
of the river are beds for the culture and production of oysters and the
trays of maturing oyster can be seen on racks moored to the bed of the
From the point it is possible at low tide to walk along the glorious
beaches and coves that make up the south side of the river, there is no
marked paths through the woods,except for an uninteresting service track
so you will need to retrace your journey back to the point.
In all from the car park to the port de Guittiere is about 12kms which
will take a good 3 hours walk so if you are going to attempt it take
The Plage de Mines is a very popular beach during the season and has
refreshments and surveilance, and there are great walks through the
woods back towards Jard-sur--Mer.
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