Travel in France – a walk round Chaumeil

Day 8 of Travel in France dawned an overcast day with intermittent sunshine, but at least the temperature reached 20C by the middle of the day! We set off to walk around Chaumeil.

The walk, around the bowl of the valley, started just below the village, at the end of a small road. The map is Carte de Randonnée 2233 O, 1:25,000

Map of Chaumeil

Footpath out of Chaumeil
Footpath out of Chaumeil

The GR de Pays des Monédiéres led along stone-lined paths, some looking like the green lanes in England, and through forests on the hillsides. We crossed streams and little rivers and enjoyed occasional wide views. It was beautiful.


The Trees were mainly pine trees, but there were also beech trees with moss on the trunks, and oak trees.

Oak tree
Oak tree
Beech trees
Beech trees
Beech woods
Beech woods

There was moss everywhere, and ferns.

The climate is clearly damp – streams, mist, rain.

The 'lake' at Chastagnol
The ‘lake’ at Chastagnol, and the site of an old mine
Forest stream
Forest stream
Honey? fungus
Honey? fungus

Chastagnol is a Chateau with a few surrounding buildings, including a bread oven. An old mine is marked on the map but I couldn’t find any information on the internet.

Wide views in the Chaumeil Valley
Wide views in the Chaumeil Valley
Hydrangeas
Hydrangeas at Maurianges
Fountain at Maurianges
Fountain at Maurianges

The view towards Chaumeil.

Chaumeil
Chaumeil

These hills used to be covered in heather, but the decline of sheep farming has led to an increase of trees and the disappearance of the heathers. This patch at Malfont was beautiful, and startling after all the green.

And so back into the village, a changes of shoes and a drive to Treignac. 

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Postcard views of Chaumeil
GR de Pays des Monedieres

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