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A walk along the River Bièvre

Bièvre river - Copyright Siavb
Bièvre river - Copyright Siavb

A bucolic waterway

We’ve known each other for nearly 30 years. I’ve seen this river unveil its treasures and watched it evolve. It changes, but it’s still the place where I love to walk. To me it has always been THE river (and the closest) that refreshes me in summer and offers its bucolic landscape in winter. I enjoy the sounds of nature along this river. The ripple of the water and the song of birds offer the perfect getaway from city life.

Vilgénis Park - Copyright Destination Paris-Saclay
Vilgénis Park - Copyright Destination Paris-Saclay
Dragonfly - Copyright Siavb
Dragonfly - Copyright Siavb

Preserved biodiversity

On the banks of the Bièvre, you might be lucky enough to spot a host of wildlife, including frogs, fish, birds (like the kingfisher or the heron which can be seen among the bulrushes) and dragonflies. Deer in Vilgénis park? Yes. It’s no legend, you can really see them roaming free in the park of a town with a population of 50,000! Proof of the perfect state of this area, which has been protected for a long time.

The best time of year to visit?

So let’s see… between the low light of winter on the frozen edges of the river, and the summer period when walkers can enjoy the fragrance of the lime trees in blossom, the choice isn’t easy. And there’s no lack of colour either, with the beautiful pinkish tones of the purple loosestrife!

Salicaire - wikimediaimages-de-pixabay
Salicaire - wikimediaimages-de-pixabay

Things to do nearby

Golf - Image par Hebi B. de Pixabay
Golf - Image par Hebi B. de Pixabay

For sports enthusiasts, you’ll be going past the Verrières-le-Buisson golf course so this might be your chance to perfect that swing! The Bièvre can also be explored by bike on certain sections, including the Massy part thanks to a dedicated cycle path which is very pleasant. Seasoned cyclists can take the adventure further on the Véloscénie greenway, an itinerary that stretches for nearly 450 km.

Once untamable, the Bièvre is now managed to perfection by the SIAVB (Syndicat Intercommunal pour l’Assainissement de la Vallée de la Bièvre). This river was hidden for a long time but, after gradually revealing itself, now winds its way once again through a number of towns: Massy, Igny, Verrières-le-Buisson, L’Haÿ-les-Roses…

La Bièvre
Damien, chargé de l'animation numérique à l'OT Destination Paris-Saclay

Damien

What are you waiting for? Come and discover this natural getaway!

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