Sports in and Around Brossac South Charente

Even if you don't consider yourself a sport enthusiast- when you see the list of local activities, you'll probably feel at home! Many of the sport activities around Brossac don't take any special skills and are good for first timers or experts.If on the other hand you are a true enthusiast seeking a challenge in your particular sport- south charente will not disappoint. You will find world class courses for cycling, running, riding and much more.


charente bicyclingNewly installed around Brossac is the "Charente Velo" Circuits. The Brossac loop starts at the village square "Place des Marronniers" and has 3 levels: Family -5.6km -very easy, Discovery -26km -easy, and Exploration -48km -difficult. The circuit is well marked with each being a different colour with the letters as well 'a,b,or c'. There is a bicycle route map at the Brossac departure point. You can pick up a printed copy when renting bicycles at Etang Vallier Resort, or if the tourist information point in Brossac is open, you can procure a copy there. You can download this PDF version if you have adobe reader. Brossac bicycle route

The South Charente has mountain biking circuits too that will wind you through the South Charente countryside. There are 2 official departure points- one at Yviers the other at Aubeterre. There are level indicators for these pathways as well- Blue is the easiest. Make sure to leave with a good map, as these routes take you well off road, amongst the animals in the forest, through active farms and across nature reserves. There are not a big number of repair possibilities, so you need to be a bit self-sufficient on the more difficult routes. You can download the general map here...Click here for pdf map.

Golf and Mini Golf

mini golf brossacThe new mini golf is located lakeside at Etang Vallier Resort and is very challenging for all ages. It is open all year- during office hours out of season and 7/7 from June to September. You can always telephone to make sure it is open: +33 (0)5 45 98 77 15. The office staff all speaks English. There are also games- bouncy castle, trampoline, giant chess...Prices: 5 euros adults, 4 euros children- groups of 4 players 16 euros. Games area only without mini golf 1 euro per entry.

golf charenteEnjoy Angoulême Golf de l'hirondelle with its course 5365m, par 70, slope 139. Located only 40 minutes from Etang Vallier Resort, enjoy the view of Angouleme from its 34 hectares in the St Martin wood. You need to be in good shape and technically sound to negotiate the narrow fairways!The golf of Cognac is located in St Brice just 45 minutes from Etang Vallier, 6142m, par 72, slope 135. Sitting on the banks of the Charente river, between Cognac and Jarnac, the hilly course features, water obstacles, trees and vines. The closest and friendliest course to Etang Vallier Resort is The Aubeterre golf in Pillac, at the Longveau Manor. This 9 hole course of 1728m, par 31 is a friendly, holiday course perfect for a good day out. The course is short, but technical ensuring a good time for all level of golfer. We've also found a course just into the Dordogne just a 30 minute drive which is in a spectacular forest setting (350ha!) It's near St Aulaye and called La lande. - Go if you have a GPS!


horseriding brossacHorse enthusiasts will not be disappointed in South Charente. There are multiple riding centres in the area- for all levels and ages. Unfortunately, there aren't a lot of websites for the riding centres- look to the left- we've made a list of centre locations and telephone numbers. There is also the annual Chalais international Jumping at the beginning of each August where competitors come from all corners of the globe. The competition is 3 days of spectator events.

Canoeing and Kayaking

canoeing south charenteThere are several possibilities for canoeing and kayaking. In Brossac itself the Brossac lake Etang Vallier Resort rents sit on top kayaks in child and adult sizes (2 euros per 1/2 hour). This is perfect for a little paddle around with little danger for all ages. Leaving from Parcoul is the departure point for a trip up the river Dronne to Aubeterre or St Aulaye. They take you in van to the proper spot for the length of journey you choose. You can do the same from the lakeside beach in Aubeterre. Prices range from 6.50 euros for an hour rental to 15.50 euros for a full day trip with the van transport included.