If you enjoy taking walks and hiking in the great outdoors, Limousin is the place for you! Come discover our 6.200 km (over 3.850 miles) of hiking trails conveniently located right in the centre of France, half way between Paris and Toulouse.
An interpretation trail is a fun way for the entire family to discover and understand nature: it enhances the quality of different habitats and helps visitors to protect nature by developping awareness. There are several of these trails in Limousin, each with a different theme.
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The Santiago de Compostela Route
The Via Lemovicensis (or Limousin route) is the Latin name one for France's four Santiago de Compostela pilgrimage routes . Its starting point is located in Vézelay, and it crosses the country all the way to Ostabat in the Pays Basque area. The trail crosses Bourges and Châteauroux before entering Limousin via Crozant.
Pilgrims can stop over in many towns and villages along the way: La Souterraine, Bénévent l’Abbaye, Saint-Laurent-les-Églises, Saint-Léonard de Noblat, Limoges (who gave its name to the route), Flavignac, Les Cars, and Châlus (there is an alternative route along the GR 654 trail via Solignac and Saint-Laurent-sur-Gorre). The route then heads down towards the Landes area (joining the 3 other routes), and crosses the Pyrenees. It then becomes the only route to Santiago de Compostela, known as the Camino francés .
Vassivière's lakeside trail
This trail enables visitors to walk or ride all the way around the lake (29 km / 18 miles).You can take part in many activities along the way : smaller circular trails, a taxi boat that takes you to and from various spots on the trail. A true nature-friendly holiday where you can leave your car behind and breathe nothing but fresh air! A small train (no fee) will take you to and from the Island. You can go for a walk alongside a donkey at the Vassivière donkey farm, a bike or horseback ride : suit yourself, Vassivière has so much to offer!