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Walk in the leisure center of Cergy-Pontoise

An easy but rather long walk around the ponds of the leisure center of Cergy-Pontoise, 40 minutes from Paris.

The base de loisir de Cergy-Pontoise is easily accessible by car, it is located at 40 minutes from Paris. The access is a little more difficult by public transport because you will have to walk a little (Cergy Saint-Christophe station - RER A). It is possible to practice a lot of activities on the base (swimming, rafting, sailing...). The base is large and the tour of the different ponds can take 2-3 hours. Moreover, this hike makes a detour through the city center of Cergy by passing by the Axe Majeur and its footbridge. One can thus take advantage of it to see the singular architecture of this new city.

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Duration: 4 h.

The toll at the entrance

The entrance fee for cars is 4 E. If you want to walk a bit more there are some parking places outside the park.

Le parking

Pedal boats

Pedal boats
The hiking starts here. It is possible to practice many water activities on the base (here pedal boats).

The Sailing Center

The Sailing Center
Possibility to rent dinghies by the hour. You can also rent canoes to walk on the lake.

View on the sailing center

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View on the sailing center

The path around the lake

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The path around the lake
There is another path a little further on (see map) that is easier to access for people with reduced mobility. The distance is of course longer. The hike is quite long but very easy and pleasant.

Catwalks

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Catwalks
Very beautiful red footbridge which allows to leave the leisure center and to pass above the Oise.

Ascent of the steps

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Ascent of the steps
To get to the top you have to climb many steps. All this part that goes from the city center to the ponds is called the Axe Majeur.

The Esplanade of Paris

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The Esplanade of Paris
Very beautiful sight by arriving at the top of the hill. We continue towards the city center to see the architecture of the new city. Cergy was built from the years 1970.

The Hubert Renaud square

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The Hubert Renaud square
Very beautiful architecture but the place is gloomy and deserted (maybe we could plant a tree?). For those who want to do the walk coming by public transport, they can start here, the RER station is very close (see map). A curiosity: the clock of the station is the biggest in Europe!

Path along the shoreline

Path along the shoreline
The leisure center includes several ponds. It should be noted that although the water is very clear and the banks are welcoming, it is forbidden to swim in the ponds except at the bathing center (entrance fee).

The water ski lift

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The water ski lift
You have to go around to get to the ski lift.

Catwalks

Catwalks
The footbridge provides access to the whitewater center and the beach at the base.

The seaside resort

The bathing center is open from June and during the school vacations, the entrance is paying (4E) and the bathing is supervised.

The white water center

The white water center
A day of competition at the white water center. The center is accessible to the general public and you can practice all kinds of water activities in this beautiful white water stadium (canoeing, kayaking, rafting...). In the background, on the picture, you can see a small climbing wall for children. The number of activities that you can practice is quite impressive.

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