All our paths lead to you

Activities and sports

In the Haute-Vienne, everything is possible! Climbing up trees for an eventful session of treetop games, treating yourself to a sailing course on the lakes of Saint-Pardoux and Vassivière, water-skiing on Meuzac Lake. You can also walk across the flower-covered moors, cycle in the steps of Richard the Lionheart, follow the Saint-Jacques Way, picnic on banks of the Briance, try out the cyclo-rail or sleep in a ’Limousin yurt’. Unless you decide to gallop in the foothills of Mont Gargan, fly-fish in the Vienne’s running water, play golf or go rollerblading on green trails… And end the day knowing that tomorrow will be just as good.

Walks, hikes and rides

Over 2,000 km of marked paths, among them the Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle pilgrim route, crisscross Haute-Vienne: go walking along 2 local looped itineries (Monts de Blond, Monts d’Ambazac and the “Pass across the fields” path of Saint-Pardoux district) and numerous short-distance paths. (...)

Horse riding

The Haute-Vienne’s varied and generous countryside is well suited to horse riding, with its many shady paths and its magnificent green and russet woods. The quality of the facilities and instructors will make your equestrian stay in the cradle of the Anglo-Arab horse pleasant and successful, (...)

Fishing, water courses, fishing guides

Running or still water is plentiful in rivers, lakes and ponds: in total 7,000 km of waterways, of which there are 300 km 2nd class and 6,700 km 1st class. An angler’s dream! Country of the trout and the grayling, the Haute Vienne also offers magnificent cyprinid and carnivorous circuits on (...)

Road and off-road cycling

The Haute-Vienne loves mountain biking! Here you can ride freely along footpaths or follow your own marked circuits. Chateauneuf-la-Forêt and Vaulry’s accredited sites offer mountain-bikers all the facilities they need. French Cycle Touring Federation (FFCT) accredited mountain-bike activity (...)

Lakes, reservoirs and swimming pools

Here, enjoy the pleasures of water in an unspoilt countryside: all the great lakes and large ponds have their own green beaches. More than 20 water sites are waiting for you in the Haute-Vienne…


Canoeing is a way of discovering our beautiful landscapes without too much effort. To make your trip easier, take a look at our list of suppliers. The note ’Ecole française de canoe-kayak’ (French Canoeing School) is a guarantee of the level of tuition. It’s in addition to ‘Club FFCK’ (...)

Water-skiing, boating and schools

Enjoy your favourite sport on the lakes of Bujaleuf, Vassivière, Saint-Pardoux and Meuzac, where each summer an international race takes place.

Sailing and windsurfing

The two large lakes of Vassivière and Saint-Pardoux in their beautiful preserved countryside welcome sailing schools, competitions, courses and boat hire.


Both Limousin’s relief and climate are ideal for golf which needs perfect greens and wide open spaces. There are 3 magnificent 18-hole courses in the Haute-Vienne and 1 9-hole course.


There are 10 circuits of varying distances that cyclists can ride at their own pace and at any time of the year.

Adventure parks

For the pleasure of children and adults alike…

12 Climbing

There are 3 areas where you can climb: a natural site, an outdoor wall and a wall for children.

Tourist transport

You can choose between a riverboat cruise on Lake Vassivière, a steam-train trip in the heart of the Limousin, discover the country in miniature trains in Bussière and Limoges, or an atypical rail-bike ride in Bussière Galant.

Bike and boat rentals

Around twenty bike rental and boat rental points are available.

Up in the air

And what about discovering the Haute-Vienne by flying over its beautiful landscapes on board a hot-air balloon, a micro light, a hang-glider or a plane?

On the green road to the Tardoire Heights

Created out of a disused railway track, this green lane of about 13 kilometres, passes through verdant, unspoilt countryside. Walkers, cyclists, roller skaters and people of reduced mobility can all enjoy this pleasant and safe (...)

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