Three fresh and natural places to discover in Haute-Vienne

To cool off in Haute-Vienne, nature offers many natural areas. At the edge of the water or under the trees it is possible to relax in the shade.

Refreshing treasures are hidden in the commune of Chéronnac. The Peyrassoulat site, easily accessible, is classified as a natural area of ​​ecological, faunal and floristic interest.

“It is a true green theatre”, assures Serge Boyer, a resident of Chéronnac and accustomed to the place. It must be said that the 260-year-old sycamore trees form an enormous vegetal vault. “The largest of the sycamore trees has a wingspan of 40 meters and a girth of 6 meters with branches the thickness of a large oak”, explains Serge Boyer.

Its neighbor, a 500-year-old giant yew, provides an exceptionally shady corner on the banks of the Tardoire River: “Surrounded by a wall, it is possible to sit at the foot of the tree for a picnic in an area of ​​about thirty meters. And even if it starts to rain, you’ll be sheltered because, according to Serge Boyer, the rain doesn’t pass through the yew’s foliage.

Gartempe valley

The Natura 2000 classified area offers a diversity of plants, between wetlands, ash heaps and even natural meadows. The Gartempe crosses the Haut Limousin from the municipalities of Val-d’Oire-sur-Gartempe to Châteauponsac. Many hiking trails have been created to discover these spaces.

“There are three major sites: the heath at Bruyère near Folles and Châteauponsac, the Glayeule valley at Chamborêt and Val-d’Oire and the Gartempe sector, whose network of ponds hides more than a dozen rare and endangered species on a European scale” , explains Sarah Cocquerez, project manager and Natura 2000 facilitator A preserved floral and faunal diversity that will amaze you.

Corot’s website

This preserved environment in Saint-Junien is listed in the list of natural monuments and natural areas of ecological, faunal and floristic interest. A former industrial wasteland where nature has resurrected itself. “There are remains such as mills, including Brice, and paper mills from the 18th century,” states the president of the Saint-Juniaud Impact association, Lucien Coindeau.

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On the vegetation side, mock oranges from ancient parks and gardens of yesteryear rub shoulders with bald cypresses, introduced in the 1990s, and an oak rooted in a rocky mess. “A place with a magical dimension, steeped in history”, according to Lucien Coindeau. In the past, the painter Jean-Baptiste Corot would have found his inspiration in the beauty of this landscape.

Emilie Montalban

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