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Nature

Rambling and mountain-bikingClick here for further information

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  • Rambling :

Rambling is the best way to discover the Ambazac hills, and hiking fans will absolutely love trails such as “La Grande Randonnée du Pays” and “La Boucle Zen”.

There are many trails (ranging from 8 to 100 kms) to choose from. Trail maps are available at the Ambazac tourist Office. You can also download them at www.randonnee-hautevienne.com.

Themed hikes : sheperd’s cabins, small heritage sites, peat bogs… are just a few of the themed hikes organized by local tourist offices.

From Ambazac (see map below – further information and fishing license rental available at the campsite reception desk).

Hiking fans, come and try the exceptional “RANDO ZEN”, a 93 km hiking trail! A trail departs from each of the area’s “Communauté de Communes” towns : Ambazac, Jabreilles les Bordes, Les Billanges, La Jonchère St Maurice, Saint Priest Taurion, Saint Laurent les Egliese and Saint Sylvestre). A “Rando Zen” booklet is available at the campsite reception desk and is for sale at the Tourist Office in Ambazac.

  • Mountain-biking :

In the Ambazac Hills and Val du Taurion vicinity :

There 2 main mountain-biking centres (Ambazac and Jabreilles les Bordes) and 5 other departure spots (Les Billanges, St Priest Taurion, St Laurent les Eglises, La Jonchère and St Sylvestre) : a total of 28 trails, classified by level of difficulty.

Ambazac’s biking centre, which has a FFC national label, is located right next to our “L’Ecrin Nature” campsite. You can get geared up on the campsite and set off directly from there to discover the area’s different level trails.

You will find the mountain-biking centres’ “Travel Plan” on sale at our campsite as well as in various sightseeing spots, local town halls and at Ambazac’s Tourist office.

Our outstanding natural environment sweeps through the Ambazac hills all the way to the Taurion riverside.

Remarkable attractions around the campsiteClick here for further information

The Dauges Nature Reserve and peat bog (managed by the “Espaces Naturels du Limousin” Conservatory).

Visit the reserve and its “Maison de la Tourbière” with a GPS

( website : http://www.conservatoirelimousin.com).

This 200 hectare reserve was created in 1998 and is one of Haute-Vienne’s finest peat bogs. Its flora and fauna are outstanding :

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The Summer Lady's-tresses (a whitish orchid also known as Spiranthes aestivalis) , 2 different types of Drosera (carnivorous plants) and the rare Lycopodiella inundata (primitive fern) as well as dragonflies, otters and birds.

Exhibitions and themed outings are organized from March to October : The history of man and of the landscape, nocturnal outings, naturalist drawing classes for beginners, flora and fauna watching, insect watching…

The Gartempe and Taurion's valley

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If you like to fish, you’ll love our rivers : the Gartempe (whose river source is in the Guéret hills in Creuse) and the Taurion (from the Millevaches Plateau).

For the last 20 years, salmon has been reintroduced into the Gartempe and the river Taurion is known for its fario trout, gudgeon, bleak and predatory fish population.

La Jonchère Arboretum (National Forest Office site)

Tree nursery and ornaments created by Henri Gerardin and André Laurent in 1884.

This is a fascinating 6 hectare arboretum with remarkable conifers : 60 botanical species, trees that are several hundred years old. More recently, 600 trees were replanted here, including a collection of maple trees, Torreya Californica, Japanese Cephalotaxus harringtonia Fastigiata, Chinese Cunninghamia, Virginia Tulip Tree, Amabilis Fir, Tilia Argentea, Stone Pine… and many others. Visitors can take a self-guided tour all year round.

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“Le Bois des Echelles” and remarkable trees (Between Bersac and St Sulpice Laurière)

There are many forests in the area, with mainly broad-leaved trees and thickets.

The altitude (500-700 metres) had a direct impact on the vegetation, both wild and planted, and therefore on the landscape. A definite change of scene for visitors taking a stroll here !

The types of flora and fauna that are found in the area: chestnut trees, beech trees, birch trees, alder buckthorn trees, holly, ivy, honeysuckle, sage, mountain ash, blueberry bushes…

La Pierre Branlante or “Rocking stone” (via La Jonchère St Maurice and Sauvagnac)

This is actually a pile of stones that weigh several thousands of tons: the smallest ones are at least 20 cubic metres large!

You can find the “rocking stone” by climbing up the rock formation and by pressing down at just the right spot. Legend has it that sacrifices took place here. The Rocking Stone culminates at an altitude of 650 metres, giving visitors a spectacular view of the Ambazac hills. This rock formation is renowned, as is the nearby take-off area for hang-gliders and paragliders.

This is also the departure spot for Freeride mountain-biking and the “Singletracks Mountain Bike Park” ( http://www.singletracksassos.com).

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Fishing Click here for further informtion

Jonas Lake

This is a first category lake (approx. 20 hectares ) that originated during the Middle Ages, like many of Limousin’s lakes. It was once owned by the Grandmont monks.

It is used for fishing (no swimming) and has a “handipêche” station (adapted for visitors with disabilities)

“Le parleur” fishing trail that feeds the lake is also a 1st category trail. (http://larloiseenglish.jimdo.com/fishing-in-france-rules-and-laws/).

2017 SEASON: Open from 11th March to 8th October.

 

Culture

The Order of Grandmont and churches treasuresClick here for further information

The Order of Grandmont reigned in France, Spain and England from the 12th to the 18th century, with a great number of churches ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grandmontines )

There is nothing left of the great abbey today, but you can still see the lovely chapel. A few treasures remain, such as the Ambazac church reliquary, as well as numerous ponds, built by hermits (called “Les Bonshommes”) for fishing purposes.

The Grandmont Relics in the Ambazac hills and Val du Taurion area :

  • In Les Billanges : a statue of St Etienne de Muret and an arm reliquary of St Félicien
  • In St Sylvestre : a 15th century bust reliquary of St Etienne de Muret, and a gold and silver phylactery, given to the Order of Grandmont by Guy de MONTVALLIER, in the 13th century.
  • In St Priest Taurion : A 13th century processional cross, decorated with “champlevé” enamel, from the old Grandmont Abbey.

The medieval church in Jabreilles les BordesClick here for further information

This medieval church is a classified Historical Monument. Its wood-carved architecture is similar to the gateways found in Jesuit Institutions.

This gorgeous 13th-15th century church has a typical porch containing a wooden stairway leading to the bell-tower. The octagonal bell-tower is also typical of the Limousin region, and its roof is made of chestnut tiles. There are many paintings on the walls, representing 15th century figures.

Lithophany is the innovative technique used to restore the church’s stained-glass windows in Jabreilles les Bordes. Lithophany is a technique which began in the 19th century but is no longer used today. It is a reminder of the importance of porcelain in Limousin: it involves impressing porcelain objects with figures that become translucent when light is placed within or behind them.

Attractions and exhibitions Click here for further information

The Valadon Center (Bessines)

This centre is entirely dedicated to Suzanne Valadon, the first French woman to have been accepted at the famous “Société Nationale des Beaux Arts “.

Guided tours (booking required) and self-guided tours

Opening hours : see Bessines Tourist Office hours

http://www.tourisme-ambazacbessines.fr/

Montméry Farm buildings

The only vestiges of the castle of Montméry are its two 17th century farm buildings. Visitors can take tours of the site. The vestiges are classified Historical Monuments (1991)

Ambazac’s mineral and petrography museum

www.musee.ambazac.free.fr

The museum is located in the centre of Ambazac, by the church, library and Tourist Office. It has a large car park (Place du 19 Mars) nearby. The museum is wheelchair friendly.

It revolves around 2 main themes :

  • Mineralogy and petrography :

3.000 mineral samples and 500 petrographic samples are on display in this 4-storey museum.

Come set off on a journey to the origins of our planet. This museum has a beautiful collection of fossils and rocks from all over the world. Discover Limousin’s mining productions on a guided (or self-guided) tour, whether you are a novice or a minerals expert, on your own or with your family.

  • The Izis centre :

This exhibition is dedicated to Izis, the great Humanist and photographer, who was a refugee in Ambazac during WWII. The Izis centre was created by Jean-Michel Ponty and revolves around the photographer’s personal lab. It is a showcase dedicated to his art. A film by Marc Wilmart (Hervé White MDD Production) introduces visitors to the friendly photographer. The 1st exhibition contains 38 photographs, selected by his son, Manuel Bidermanas.

Come and take a stroll through Izis’s works, and their various themes. The exhibition will change throughout the seasons.

Ambazac library

Avenue de la Libération Tel : 05 55 56 85 76

Email : bibliotheque.ambazac@wanadoo.fr

 

The Lieue Dolmen

This splendid (private property) dolmen is located on a public hiking path, near Domaine de Muret. It is quite well preserved and sits boldly amongst a thicket, in the Lieue forest.

Notice the piles of rocks around the dolmen. These tumuli are cairn vestiges.

This is one of Haute-Vienne’s finest dolmens. Bones and bronze were also discovered nearby.

LimogesClick here for further information

Limoges, the capital of Limousin, is internationally renowned for its porcelain and has just been awarded recognition as "Town of Art and History". Visit its parks which are among France's finest, its monuments : The Bénédictins train station, Town Hall, the Adrien-Dubouché Museum, the cathedral, to name a few. Stroll through Limoges's old quarters, the Rue de la Boucherie, Rue du Temple, Rue du Rajat... At the heart of the city, discover its huge covered market or wander along the Vienne riverside.

You will discover that Limoges is also a city turned toward the future with its Zénith concert hall, Ester Technopole site and dynamic economic activities that make it an attractive and modern town (porcelain, enamel, shoe-making, electric equipment, as well as its university, hospital and numerous businesses...).

Information : www.limoges-tourisme.com

     

Towns and villagesClick here for further information

Our campsite is no far from beautiful towns and villages, for example :

  • Saint Léonard de Noblat (20 km) with a medieval origine  (Old quarters with its church (XIth century) - UNESCO world heritage site). To visit : "Moulin du Got" (XVth cebtury paper mill), "Carpenet" porcelain manufacture, "l'Historail" (railway museum) ...
  • Boisseuil - "Pôle de Lanaud" (29 km) wihth the Limousine Park and its restaurant "Le Lanaud".

 

More activities

Fun sports activities Click here for further information

  • "Domaine de Muret" (Ambazac): Riding centre, tennis courts.

  • Climbing / Rocherolles site (Bessines sur Gartempe)

Celebrations and events Click here for further information

  • Marchés et foires

Ambazac : Marché hebdomadaire : vendredi matin / Foires mensuelles : le 1er mercredi et le 21 du mois (lundi si 21 un dimanche).

Dans les environs :

La Jonchère Saint Maurice : Marché le samedi / Foire le 18 du mois

Saint Léonard de Noblat : Marché en centre ville et dans la Halle marchande le samedi matin / Foire le 1er lundi (sauf férié)

Panazol : Marché le dimanche (le plus grand de la Haute-Vienne)

Limoges compte deux halles couvertes dont les magnifiques halles centrales à l’architecture métallique, typique du XIXe siècle, ornée d’une frise de porcelaine aux décors représentant les métiers de bouche.

Des marchés de plein air permettent de s’approvisionner en produits frais au cœur de plusieurs quartiers. Puces de la Cité et marché aux livres anciens constituent des animations régulières pour les amateurs.

http://www.ville-limoges.fr

Pour d’autres activités ou pour toutes informations complémentaires, vous pouvez vous adresser à :

L’Office de Tourisme MAVAT (Monts d’Ambazac et Val du Taurion)
3, av du Gal de Gaulle 87240 AMBAZAC
Par téléphone au 05 55 56 70 70
Par mail : contact@tourisme-ambazac.fr
http://www.tourisme-ambazacbessines.fr/

Useful information Click here for further information

Restauration, bars, brasseries sur Ambazac (bourg à 1.5 km)

  • La Grange de Muret : Cuisine traditionnelle Domaine de Muret Tel : 05.55.56.69.19
  • Restaurant des Voyageurs : Cuisine gastronomique et traditionnelle 27, avenue du Général de Gaulle Tel : 05.55.56.60.31
  • Pizzeria Resto El Fredo : Sur place ou à emporter Place du 19 Mars 1962 Tel : 05.55.57.50.83
  • Farinello : Pizzas à emporter 9 rue de la libération Tel : 05.55.56.31.66
  • Aux Délices d'Ambazac : Sur place ou à emporter Place de la Mairie Tel : 06.62.17.14.48
  • Le Relais des Ormes - Chez Jeff : Place de la république Tel : 05.87.41.65.28
  • Au Bon Coin : 28, avenue de la libération Tel : 05.55.56.62.92
  • Le Marigny : Place de l'Hôtel de Ville Tel : 05 55 56 68 89
  • Ferme de la Besse : ferme auberge aux Billanges à 13 km Tél : 05 55 56 57 76

Tabacs

  • Le Marigny : Place de l'Hôtel de Ville Tel : 05 55 56 68 89
  • Tabac bleu 

Supermarchés

  • Super U (+ fleurs + location de véhicules) : Avenue de la Libération Tel : 05.55.56.61.26
  • LIDL : Avenue de la Libération Tel : 0800 005 435
  • Leader Distribution Ambazac : 47, avenue du Général de Gaulle Tel : 05.55.56.64.54

Boulangeries / pâtisseries

  • Luc Julien : 9 avenue du Général de Gaulle Tel : 05 55 56 63 50
  • Epi gourmand : 24 bis avenue de la Libération Tel : 05 55 69 75 44
  • Aux délices du coin : 7 avenue Soufflenheim Tel : 05 55 56 60 48

Presse / Souvenirs / Boutique cadeaux

  • La P'tite Boutique : Office de Tourisme MAVAT Tel : 05 55 56 70 70

Fleuriste

  • Faucher fleurs : rue Gay Lussac Tel : 05 55 56 60 29
  • Histoires de Fleurs : Place du 19 mars 1962 Tel : 09 83 75 06 91