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Cycling (and car-touring) in Creuse

Séjours cyclotourisme en Creuse à L'Ecole Buissonnière 

    All those who are fond of cycling can enjoy their favorite activity in our area of the 2 Creuse valleys : hundreds of kilometers of quiet little roads, full of sites to be visited.
    And as "who can more, can less", those who don't have bicycles, will take... their cars!

    Paradoxically, the Creuse is a departement which remains far from trunk roads, but with respect to local roads has a very high ratio of kms per inhabitant.
    So, there is a multitude of little roads everywhere and nobody on them !
    This is the ideal means to discover the area !

    We suggest 3 tours of different lengths and themes, all starting from L'Ecole Buissonniere. We have endeavored to join together in these 3 tours, several interesting sites described in the  "Visits" page to which you should also refer.
    This should help you to organise pleasant and interesting "day programs".

    Choose your tour on the map below and click to obtain its description :

    > The Country of the 3 Lakes tour - (in light green)
    Just for starters and to admire the superb landscape.
    > The Valley of La Petite Creuse tour - (pink)
    A little less variation in height than the 3 Lakes country gorges, just to get one's breath back a little.
    > The Valley of La Grande Creuse tour - (in dark green)
    To really get to know all its attractions, the sum total ! A treat !


Le portail d'entrée de L'Ecole Buissonnière en Creuse 

La Vallée de la Creuse en cyclotourisme (à vélos) 

Repos et détente dans la Creuse 

Vélos tous chemins de L'Ecole Buissonnière en Creuse 

Espace, nature et liberté dans la Creuse 



Tourist tours map of the 2 Creuse valleys

Carte des circuits auto et cyclotouristiques

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    The Country of the 3 Lakes' tour

    For a general presentation, refer to >
    Le Pays des 3 Lacs
    In addition, here is a description of each relevant commune- from downstream to upstream - with their poles of interest:

    La Celle Dunoise
    Commune of approximately 600 inhabitants - altitude of the village: 232 meters at the bridge - origin of the name:
    cella 1154, prior of cella 1216, the Latin word indicates an isolated house inhabited by a monk or a habitation for a group of monks depending on an abbey.
    * very picturesque village nested in the hollow of the valley, with houses rising in tiers on both sides of the river.
    * XIIth century church listed as a historic building. The capitals of the choirs are carved  with animals and it's vault is covered with paintings from 1879.
    * close to the church, "the stone of deaths" is a
    "cippe" of the Gallo-Roman period.
    * XIVth century bridge on the Creuse river, which has preserved its original central part in form of rib.
    * waterfalls at "Gour enfariné", Touérat, Pisserotte.
    * old mill dams and mills.
    * the Age dam, which caused the creation of the 1st lake.

    Le Bourg d'Hem
    Commune of approximately 250 inhabitants - altitude of the village: 340meters - origin of the name:
    hent 1256, ahento 1282, the etymology is a Gallic word indicating a height.
    * village built on a spur site of the confluence dominating the Creuse valley .
    * panorama from the church's square overhanging the river and the old antique path bordered with hundred year old boxwood which joins the strategic hamlet of "Guémontet".
    * XIIth century church in a listed site, splendid traditional roofing of chestnut shingles.
    * bronze stele set up in memory of Pierre Maillaud, also known as "Bourdan", journalist of the Voice of Free France.
    * "Fougères" hamlet , resting and working place of the historian Marc Bloch (1886 - 1944).
    * Villebaston castle listed since 1926.
    * site of "La Roche Gallet", known as "Jupille rock" in the heart of the sheer gorges of the Creuse river.
    * the Chézelles dam, which caused the creation of the 2nd lake.

    Commune of approximately 500 inhabitants - altitude of the village: 330 meters - origin of the name:
    ancesime, 1031-1033, anzismensi ecclesia, 1108, of the Celtic radical anco which means bent, the site overhangs sharp meanders.
    * panorama of the church's square, beautiful view over the Creuse meanders.
    * XIIIth century church listed as a historic building, remarkable XVIIth century carved and painted reredos, stone sculptures of the capitals.
    * ogival bridge with only one arch, known as "the Devil Bridge" of which the old part dates from the XIVth century, popular legend attached to this work.
    * waterfalls at "Les Moulines", in a typical moor landscape with birches, gorses and heathers.
    * remarkable granite crosses.

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    Commune of approximately 200 inhabitants - altitude of the village: 400 meters - origin of the name:
    campus singularis, not dated, can indicate, in Latin, a space cultivated in the middle of fallow lands.
    * village with agricultural vocation with a lot of quickset hedges characteristic of the bocage landscape.
    * Lasvy castle with its chapel and its tiled square towers with slate turrets.
    * antique path, between the Devil Bridge and the hamlet of Vaillonnat, splendid paving stones.
    * Champsanglard's dam, at the height of the hamlet of Chambon, it is the last to be built.

    Commune of approximately 350 inhabitants - altitude of the village: 390 meters - origin of the name:
    ajuliaco, 1019, joellac, joula, 1202, joulhac, XIVeme, indicate the field of Jules.
    * XIIth and XIIIth century church, listed as a historic building. Recently, superb and admirably preserved frescos were discovered and restored.
    * listed XVth century castle, imposing rectangular basic volume flanked with four round angle towers and crenellated machicolation.
    * multitude of hamlets whose names start with "ville", revealing the existence of antique exploitations (villas).
    * zone of the "Croissant",  on the limit of the Oc and Oil languages.

    Commune of approximately 600 inhabitants - altitude of the village: 360 meters - origin of the name:
    glanic, 1150, 1184, from glenico, 1332, of the Gallic glann, bank of a valley.
    * village dominating the valley from the top of a rocky peak, old village with defensive vocation where we can find, as for Anzème and Le Bourg d'Hem, a layout of houses around the central square.
    * church dating from the end of the XIth century, listed historic building, reworked and fortified during the Hundred Year's War.
    * imposing railway viaduct, formerly on the line of La Châtre- Guéret.

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    The Valley of La Petite Creuse tour
    For an introduction to the most representative sites, refer to
    In addition here are three other places worthy of interest:

    This main town to which the commune of Le Bourg d'Hem is attached, is distinguished by its church and its castles. The first, built in the XIIIth century, was fortified thereafter, the gate is decorated with beautiful sculptures and stained glass dating from the XIXth century. Three castles deserve a glance: that of Grandsagne on the Le Bourg d'Hem road, traditional style with beautiful proportions; that of Beauvais, on the Champsanglard road, and especially the estate of Mornay (XVth and XVIth centuries) on the Châtelus Malvaleix road, transformed into a reception center and a racing circuit.

    The Malval castle
    Malval is the name of a very small hamlet close to Bonnat where there are ruins of a fortified castle built in about the year 1000, itself built on an older
    "castral mound". This castle played a role in the history of La Marche, in particular in 1370 when DuGuesclin stayed there. It retains few aspects of that building, except the old drawbridge lost in the vegetation and two dilapidated towers. However, the site at the edge of La Petite Creuse retains a romantic and solemn character. You will enjoy a visit to the Sainte Valerie church dating from the XIIth century, a remarkable example of a fortified church with its bell-tower-keep.

    Chéniers and the Pouligny tile works
    The Chéniers village has a very beautiful XIIth century church with a XIII or XIVth century bell-tower-porch, decorated with carved capitals. In the commune, on the Le Bourg d'Hem road, there are several old tile works, vestiges of a significant local artisanal activity: the manufacture of tiles and bricks. Those of Pouligny which is today enjoying a revival thanks to the restoration of the old buildings, testifies to the efforts of a family which, for 5 generations, worked there from 1830 to 1961. An ambitious project is under development and the site can already be visited and has become a place for meetings, exhibitions and exchanges related to clay work. You will appreciate the beauty of the place, on the edge of a wood, and the quality of the restoration of these buildings with a very unusual architecture : the roofs with 4 slopes to the ground, no walls and the layout of the tiles helps the air to circulate inside to dry the pottery before firing.

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    The Valley of La Grande Creuse tour
    The most significant sites have already been introduced, refer to
    > Crozant
    > Eguzon
    > Gargilesse

    Here is, in addition the description of two other localities you will cross:

    Argenton sur Creuse
    This small pretty city on the edge of the Creuse river is the farthest point of the tour, at about a 1h30 car drive from L'Ecole Buissonniere. But you won't regret the detour : it's old medieval areas, its galleries overhanging the river, its mills with wheels and its monuments are some of the points of interest which will help you to enjoy an excellent day. You will admire, in particular, the private mansion of the Duperthuis street (XVth century), the old hotel of Scévole (XVII-XVIIIth century), the old College and the Saint Benoit chapel (XVth century), the Saint Saver church (XV-XVIIth C), the Bonne Dame chapel located on the old site of the fortress, offering a panoramic view of the city. In the town centre, "Le Musée de la chemiserie et de l'élégance masculine", unique in Europe, displays the history of the shirt and its manufacture from the Middle Ages to our days. If you like regional products, do not miss "le Marché des Halles".
    Enthusiasts of history should not miss one of the ten best archeological sites in France, Argentomagus, nearly in the commune of St Marcel. Indeed, the old Gallic oppidum of the antique Gallo-Roman city today allows thousands of visitors to plunge, through rich collections, into the prehistoric era and the Gallo-Roman period.

    Dun Le Palestel
    This is the main town to which our commune of La Celle Dunoise is attached. It is a
    "passage obligé" for the tourist staying in the area. Indeed, Dun Le Palestel is an important commercial centre for all the neighboring villages and hamlets within a radius of 20 kilometers. You will find all the traditional commerce there, banks, an outdoor market every Thursday (the first Thursday of each month is wellknown and busy), in short, all you need on your trip.

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