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The Correze department of France

We are in the Correze
The department of Correze forms part of the Limousin region of France. From the mysterious moors of the Millevaches plateau to the rolling hills of the Pays de Brive with its mild climate and verdant valleys, the Correze offers a great variety of landscapes. It is still relatively unknown as a holiday destination. Here's your chance to holiday in the green heart of France.

Heavenly Walks

Heavenly Walks are right on your doorstep.

 

Some of the most magical walks you will ever take are right on your doorstep. The views are ever-changing with the seasons and weather conditions, and they are always beautiful. If you enjoy walking this part of France will never disappoint. Below we have taken a sequence of autumn photos to give you a taste of one walk from the Cottage and home again.

A leafy start. The quiet country lanes in the Correze are blissfully traffic free and a joy to walk along.Blissfully traffic free country lanes in the Correze

Morning mist is a sure sign of a beautiful day to come.A misty start to a beautiful day in the green heart of rural France

Make a few friends on the way. 
Limousin cattle at home in the Limousin.

Mountains and dormant volcanoes quietly watch your progress. 
Mountains of the Central Massif in the background.

In autumn the countryside is littered with calves. 
Young Limousin calves.

A brief shower while the sun is shining and one rainbow isn't enough to celebrate the day. 
Rainbow colours.

The home stretch and a look at the hamlet from the other side. 
Looking towards the Cottage at Saleix.

Forever green. 
Green as far as the eye can see in a verdant land.

Home again. 
As the sunsets...

Winter walks are cold and dry and the views are long. Wonderful frosty mornings where the world is studded with diamonds. 
A frost morning in rural France.

Gorgeous icy walks by the lake.

Icy walks rural France.
Icy walks rural France.
Icy walks rural France.
Icy walks rural France.

Finding your way around...

France's equivalent to the Ordnance Survey walking maps are the Institut Geographique National Serie Bleue (IGN Blue Series - ign.fr). They are 1:25000 scale maps, and you'll find them for sale in supermarkets, bookshops, and newsagents. We supply local walking maps for you.  They give the same amount of detail as the OS maps, and although some of the symblols and conventions are a little different it doesn't take long to get used to them.

The big difference is that the IGN series do not show rights of way. That is because 'rights of way', don't exist in the same way that they do in England and Wales. All footpaths, dirt roads, farm tracks, forestry tracks are open to all unless there is a sign saying otherwise.

The other thing with the IGN series is that although they are excellent they don't show which paths/trails/lanes have fallen into disrepair or have become overgrown. Neither do they show which ones are 'nice'. One of the best ways to find local walks is to visit the local 'Marie' and ask for 'Carte circuits Randonnee'. Just about every town has a set of walks that are waymarked and maintained and give a great introduction to walking the local area.

It's also worth asking at the tourist office about Randonneés. The French Rando's are a great way to meet the French. There's usually a choice of distances ranging from 8kms through to 15kms and more. The 'circuits' are waymarked (flèchage), and there will be food stops (ravitaillement) on the way around. Participation in the Randonees run by the UFOLEP federation are 3 euros.

France's footpath flechage system...

Permanent 'petite randonnee' (local) circuits and 'Grande Randonnee' (GR - long distance) paths employ the same system of waymarking, or flechage. GR paths are normally marked in red and white, while local circuits are usually marked in yellow - though we have seen them marked in blue, green, purple, in fact just about any colour that stands out. The following pictures should give you a good idea of how the system works.

Turn left - You'll see this marked on trees, posts, buildings, usually around 20 metres before the turn, and usually close to eye level. Turn right is the mirror image of this.
turn left

Straight on - After a turn, you'll see this about 20 metres down the path that you are meant to take. You'll also sometimes see it along the trail by way of a confirmation that you are still on track.
straight on

Not this way - X means, 'not this way'. It doesn't mean that you cannot go that way, it just means that that direction is not part of the trail that you are following.
Not this way

Keep 'em peeled - Often, in very rural areas the waymarking soon gets overgrown, and although the chemins are maintained they are 'rural'. It always pays to keep your eyes peeled. This sign tells us that there is a circuit that runs both ways along the trail.
keep 'em peeled