Out and about in Confolens

Although Astrofarm was developed as an astronomy centre, the area around Confolens is packed full of opportunities for days out, visits and the pursuit of a variety of other interests. The region boasts fascinating historical areas and stunning landscapes with a choice of rivers, lakes, forests supporting an abundance of bird and wildlife not seen in the UK.

The town centre of Confolens is just 2 km from Astrofarm. There is plenty to do in the town and close surroundings without venturing too far! You can find up to date information about local activities on the Confolens town website here.

The town centre itself is a delightful medieval market town and you can easily spend an afternoon exploring the winding streets, cobbled walkways and breathtaking climbs. Here at Astrofarm we have maps of town with suggested walking routes with information and places where you can stop, rest and refresh with a drink or something to eat. Our top recommendation is the Arthe café alongside the river where you can try Mary’s world class cheesecake with a tea, coffee or glass of wine.

canoe on river in confolens
River in Confolens
Confolens Old Bridge

Velorail

The Velorail is 5 person bike carriage which is powered by 2 people cycling and takes you on a stunning 16 km journey through the countryside on the old railway line. If you prefer a lazier trip then the restored diesel train runs trips in the summer and at Christmas on the same line – a more relaxing afternoon. 

Swimming

During the summer Confolens has a fantastic open air swimming pool open to the public. With pools, slides and paddling pools this is a lovely place to spend a hot afternoon.

Canoeing

If you are still feeling energetic then the summer also sees the canoes, kayaks and pedalos on the river for either a gentle hour on the river in town or for the more adventurous a trip down river to St Germain de Confolens.

Cycling

We have three well marked cycle loops in Confolens, each loop has 3 different levels of difficulty. Pick the distance and terrain most suited to your level of fitness! You can download all the maps here WestBoucle43  Boucle42 and Circuit Confolentais. At Astrofarm you will find laminated card copies of the maps to take with you on your ride. 

Or for those looking for a bigger challenge you can complete Le Tour de Charente (or sections of it), a just under 400km circular route around our region passing through wonderful villages, small towns and beautiful countryside.