Rando des 3 Châteaux – Fontainebleau

Set off to conquer the Seine-et-Marnais heritage! The Rando des 3 châteaux makes its big comeback. In total, 6 routes for all levels and the whole family to discover 3 emblematic castles of Seine-et-Marne: the castles of Blandy-les-Tours, Vaux-le-Vicomte and Fontainebleau.

Fontainebleau, France
From May 8 to
May 8, 2022
1 days
Difficult Levels: Hard, Moderate, Easy
Landscape: Urban Surroundings
Special Interest: History, Heritage
Organizer type: Tourism Board
Département de Seine-et-Marne


Rando des 3 Châteaux – Fontainebleau

100% free, the Rando des 3 châteaux is one of the major unmissable events in Seine-et-Marne.

Organized by the Department of Seine-et-Marne with its Seine-et-Marne attractiveness agency (SMA) and the coderando 77 (FFRandonnée), this event offers routes adapted to the desires, age and level of each.

On the program, 6 hiking trails only on foot:

  • a 7 km loop starting from the castle of Blandy-les-Tours,
  • a 14 km route from Melun to Blandy-les-Tours,
  • 14 km in Nordic walking ,
  • a 21 km loop starting from Bombon,
  • a 28 km loop starting from La Chapelle-Gauthier,
  • a 42 km route from Fontainebleau to Blandy-les-Tours.


7 km loop around Blandy-les-Tours

Departing from the medieval castle of Blandy-les-Tours with a walk in the park of the Château d'Aunoy, enjoy a pleasant bucolic and historical walk to discover the Seine-et-Marnais heritage! Free entertainment is organized at the Château d'Aunoy and a snack will be offered to children.

Useful information :

  • Departure between 1:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. at the Château de Blandy-les-Tours
  • Free car parks in Blandy-les-Tours
  • Route suitable for families

14 km loop from Melun to Blandy-les-Tours

During this hike from the capital of Seine-et-Marne, you will have the opportunity to cross the park and gardens of the Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte and end your walk at the Château de Blandy -towers.

Useful information :

  • Departure from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Parc Faucigny-Lucinge in Melun,
  • Reception from Melun station
  • Free parking at the Gaillardon market and Route de Chartrettes,
  • Possibilities of access by train via Melun station,
  • Return by shuttle to Melun €3.

21 km loop around Bombon

Discover the natural heritage of the Val d'Ancœur.

Useful information :

  • Departure between 8:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. at the Bombon stadium,
  • Free parking at the stadium,
  • Arrival at the stadium.

28 km loop around La Chapelle-Gauthier

A discovery of the natural heritage of the Val d'Ancœur with a passage through Blandy.

Useful information :

  • Departure from 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the Chapelle-Gauthier school,
  • Confirmed level,
  • Last shuttle at 5 p.m.,
  • Free car parks,
  • Shuttles possible from and to Melun station €5.

42 km loop from Fontainebleau to Blandy

This is the iconic route of the Rando des 3 châteaux! Indeed, it is the only one that connects the castles of Fontainebleau, Vaux-le-Vicomte and Blandy-les-Tours. An unforgettable journey that will amaze you.

Notice to walkers! This challenging route is not open to casual hikers. Only sportsmen or seasoned people are invited to do this hike.

Useful information :

  • Departure from 7 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. at the Château de Fontainebleau,
  • expert level,
  • Course closes at 6:30 p.m.
  • Free parking at the pheasantry stadium,
  • Not accessible to children under 15,
  • Shuttle at 3€ for the return to Melun and at 5€ for the return to Fontainebleau.

14 km Nordic walk

Departing from Saint-Méry, enjoy a more dynamic walk than hiking! Accessible to all, this sporting and friendly practice is open to young people and seniors, whatever their physical condition.

Useful information :

  • Departure from 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the Saint-Méry playground,
  • Free car parks,
  • Collective warm-up at 8.45 a.m.,
  • Route dedicated to Nordic walkers,
  • Arrival in Saint-Méry.
Fontainebleau, France


Rando des 3 Châteaux – Fontainebleau

All these routes have in common the discovery of nature and the Seine-et-Marne heritage for the greatest pleasure of young and old! Much more than a hike, this event is punctuated by numerous activities.

Fanfare, shows, tasting and sale of local products, exhibition, tree climbing, games and costumes for children or even slackline... Everything is there to enjoy an exceptional moment with family, colleagues or friends!


Rando des 3 Châteaux – Fontainebleau

How to register and how much does it cost?
The hike is free and there is no registration!


Rando des 3 Châteaux – Fontainebleau


Return shuttle between Melun station and La Chapelle-Gauthier :

sale of tickets at Melun station (5€ round trip)
setting up shuttles at Melun station in the morning between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. (departure from the station towards La Chapelle-Gauthier).
between 2 p.m. and 5.30 p.m., departure from La Chapelle-Gauthier towards Melun station.
departure as soon as the buses are full;
Return shuttle to Fontainebleau :

sale of tickets at the start of the route in Fontainebleau then in Blandy-les-Tours (fairgrounds, at the shuttle boarding area);
price: €5;
first return shuttle at 2 p.m. then shuttle every 30 minutes until no one is left to bring back (drop off at the Faisanderie).
Return shuttle to Melun :

sale of tickets at Blandy-les-Tours (fairgrounds, at the shuttle boarding area);
price: €3;
first shuttle at 1.30 p.m. with drop-off at the departure car parks and at Melun station;
rotations every 15 to 20 min.

Where to park?

Free car parks will be found near the departure and arrival points. The routes will be signposted nearby.

Can we come on bicycles/scooters/rollers/horse?

The hike is on foot and for this edition there are no bicycle circuits.

And the strollers?

The paths are not passable with classic strollers, plan for all-terrain tires.

Can we come with a pet?

Dogs are prohibited inside the castles and in the shuttles except guide dogs for the blind.

If you want to hike with your 4-legged friend, you must follow these safety instructions for the smooth running of the hike:

1st category dogs (attack) are prohibited.
2nd category dogs ( guard, defence) must be kept on a leash and wear a muzzle.

Can we walk normally on the "Nordic walking" route?

It is not preferable, the gaits are different.

Can I go out of hours to avoid the crowds?

No, it is mandatory to respect these slots, if you leave too early the supplies will not be ready. If you leave too late, the routes will be unmarked.

Will we be guided throughout the course?

Signage will be put in place to show you the different paths to take. Many volunteers, regulars of the Rando des 3 châteaux, will be able to guide you throughout your journey, and a queue clamp will close the march.

What are the approximate walking times of the routes?

42 km: between 8 and 9 hours of walking,
28 km: between 5 and 6 hours.
21 km: between 4 and 5 hours,
14 km: between 3 and 4 hours,
7 km: between 2 and 3 hours,
14 km in Nordic walking: about 2 hours.


Rando des 3 Châteaux – Fontainebleau