Drawn by horses, discover the Vallée de la Selle, nestled at the heart of an exceptional natural setting. Meet at the Ateliers du Val de Selle in Conty for a ride on the Coulée Verte nature path.
In the village centre, the Saint-Antoine church has a miraculous fountain. According to legend, this fountain protected animals and cured them from illness. Admire the impressive gargoyles and the statue of Saint-Antoine.
Another legend from Conty: the legend of Antoinette the trout! She lived in the fountain. The tale goes that she measured seventy-three centimetres. She was dearly loved by the inhabitants. One day, soldiers shot her dead. But when they looked down at her in the pan, Antoinette escaped up the chimney.
Direction the bucolic village of Wailly. The church belltower is similar to those in Tuscany. In the distance, you can make out the Louis XIII-style castle. The body of the building and the wing were destroyed during the Revolution in 1789.
“La Coulée Verte is a wonderful path: oxygen, calm and replenishment are promised. You can discover it on foot, mountain bike or horse-back. It provides views of nature and monuments. It’s an extraordinary walk. You can never tire of it."
Allain Houard, co-ordinator of the Ateliers du Val de Selle equestrian centre.
Another charming village is Neuville-les-Loeuilly, in its traditional Picardy surroundings. Vines were once grown here. The carriage takes you to the brick and stone Prouzel castle (17th century). A long alley leads to the fine and noble residence. It was built in the middle of a 12-hectare park that dominates the Selle valley
Practical information :
Ateliers du Val de Selle (equestrian centre)
47, route de Loeuilly – 80160 Conty
Tel.: 03 22 41 23 31
Internet site of Ateliers du Val de Selle
Horse-drawn trip (on reservation): Download the Prouzel – Conty circuit (1½ hours)
Restaurant Les Deux Rives (Picardy and surrounding specialities) in the equestrian centre.
For information, contact +33 3 22 41 33 58