Moulin de Poyen loop

Moulin de Poyen loop

Agricultural landscape
Cultural and architectural heritage
Discovery trail
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Discover the wealth of Grande Terre through this loop in the forest of Poyen.

7 points of interest

  • Agricultural landscape

    Sugar cane fields

    Sugar cane is a grass, whose stem is used to make sugar and rum; the foliage serves as cattle fodder.
    Cane has marked the history and landscape of the Guadeloupe since the fifteenth century, the time when it would have begun to be planted. In the north Grande-Terre, crops were centred around the site of Beauport.
  • Area of relaxation

    Picnic table

    Not far from the carbet (shelter), a picnic table is available to walkers for a break.
  • Information board

    Bloodwood tree

    The bloodwood tree (Haematoxylum campechianum) can reach 15 metres in height. Typical of the dry rainforest in the Caribbean, it is distinguished by its very dark, hard wood and its dark red sap. You can obtain a tincture of its wood; the tree was also often used to make charcoal. Its nectar-laden flowers are appreciated by beekeepers.
  • Information board


    Panels explain the history of these trees in Guadeloupe.
    Here are two trees of the dry rainforest: the big leaf mahogany and the small leaf mahogany.
  • Fauna


    The grey tyrant flycatcher is recognisable by its gray plumage clear and its impressive beak.
    The bird measures approximately 25 cm, and feeds mainly on insects.
    Known locally as the pipirit, this bird is known for its morning song, and has led to the Creole expression 'O Pipirit chantant' which means 'very early'.
  • Cultural and architectural heritage

    Poyen mill

    Located on the site of the former Beauport sugar factory, Poyen Mill is one of the sugar houses seen in Grande-Terre up until the beginning of the nineteenth century.
    These windmills were used to crush the sugarcane stems to extract the juice (vésou), used in the manufacture of sugar and of rhum agricole (cane juice rum).
  • Viewpoint

    Beautiful countryside

    Viewpoint over the Basse-Terre mountain range, of which you can see the peaks.


Hike way-marked : yellow and white.

Set off on the path. After 100m, when you reach the houses, take the path to the left along the side of the fields. At the next little crossroads (Point 1), turn left again. Reach the An ba bwa la carbet.
Turn right, towards the other carbet in the clearing. The path goes along the edge of a pool, then into the forest. Continue until you reach a crossroads, take the right turn. At Point No. 2, carry straight on. At point No. 3, turn right at the barrier and continue in the forest. Turn off at the mill and go back to the crossroads (Point 1). Take the left turn. Go past the houses and then return to the little station where you started.
  • Departure : Petit-Canal, Poyen railway station (little train).
  • Arrival : Petit-Canal, Poyen railway station (little train).
  • Towns crossed : Petit-Canal

Altimetric profile


Be sure to respect crops and livestock.
Watch out for beehives in the forest !

Information desks

Access and parking

Starting point : Lat : 16,40093 N - Long : 61,49221 W.
Between the villages of Petit-Canal and Port Louis: on the straight stretch of the RN6, turn off and take an unsurfaced track waymarked with a sign for An ba bwa la. Follow the path for 200m, as far as the small tourist train station (Poyen Station).

Parking :

Beside the little station (tourist train).

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