Nature in Limousin

Nature in Limousin

Get away from it all in Limousin and come to the land of trees and water, fresh air and nature holidays.

Nature lovers who enjoy traditional crafts along their walks are immediately attracted by this region. Full of the green of its woods and forests, it is also marked by the winding passage of its waterways.

In the Creuse, the Vienne and the Dordogne.


The scenery
 • Situated between the Atlantic front, the Massif Central and the Causses (to the south), the region is a collection of original natural sites and green landscapes, between the Creuse, Haute-Vienne and Corrèze. From the heath-lands of the plateau de Millevaches at an altitude of about 900m) to the forests of the gentle Creuse Valley (near Crozant) up the Vézère River and the gorges of the Dordogne, the region has preserved its wild landscapes. The Gimel waterfalls (near Brive) are a sight for sore eyes and the many artificial lakes add a wonderful touch of blue. Bort-les-Orgues is a site that is also famous for its "orgues basaltiques" or basalt columns, a geological extravagance formed by lava flows, and Vassivière

Gastronomy and local produce
 • Local produce abounds in the valleys, like the DPO golden delicious apple from the Limousin. Cattle and sheep are raised in the wide-open prairies: Limousin lamb is very popular. Fairs and markets overflow with delicious food (foie gras in Brive-la-Gaillarde, etc.) and the country inns will whet the appetite of any explorer of nature in the Limousin region.

• The many forests are perfect for hiking. Among the numerous possibilities are the small PR des Etangs in Haute-Vienne or the PR du Theil, in the Creuse valley. GR 46 provides a longer walk, between Aubusson, Vassivière and Rocamadour, and offers circuits of some 480 km on the GRP!

 • A dozen or so mountain biking sites (FFC) attract travelling cyclists on the roads of Corrèze, whereas cyclotourists enjoy the smaller, quieter roads... although some tend to be more in the style of a roller coaster! Slightly gentler, the green route of the Hauts de Tardoire stretches over 13km along a former railway line, near Châlus, in the Haute-Vienne.

Navigable waterways
 • The emblematic Dordogne River, born on the volcanic slopes in the Auvergne and flowing into the Garonne, is the longest river in France. It is already quite a character before it reaches the Périgord. As it crosses Corrèze, it is tamed by canoeists, especially near the superb village of Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne

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