words & photos: Andy Garside
While travelling north towards Calais we stopped off for a lovely couple of days at this beautiful lake in central France. Located 25km north of Limoges it’s the second largest lake in the Limousin region. We’d not visited here for over ten years and it’s become a lot more developed and equipped for tourists now… water park, bike trails, wake boarding, way marked trails… but it’s still such a beautiful place and covers such a huge area that it’s easy to escape the crowds, of which there usually are during the summer months. We spent our first afternoon walking a 20km route around the perimeter of the lake taking in a couple of tiny villages and almost constant views of the water. There’s plenty of wildlife to be seen and we spotted snakes, beetles, eagles and even a young deer grazing in the meadows. A heatwave was building up in mainland Europe in the month we were there and we took full advantage of the lake to cool down in the rising temperatures by taking a few dips in with the hounds. Definitely worth calling in at if you’re travelling through central France as it’s easily reached from the main A20 autoroute.