By Les Monts and Les Vergnes
By Les Monts and Les Vergnes

By Les Monts and Les Vergnes

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From the tranquillity of the ponds to the panoramic views from the circular paths;This walk is an invitation to explore the countryside around the source of the Cher.
From Merinchal, where the River Cher originates, this itinerary will take you to the foothills of the Monts d'Auvergne to discover the characteristic landscapes of the South East of the Creuse.

3 points of interest

  • Pond

    Mondayraud Pond

    The pond of Mondayraud is classified ZNIEFF (Natural Zone of Interest for its Ecology, Flora and Fauna). This site is home to many bird species and is an important area for their migration. The area around the pond contains remarkable plant species. Willow groves, alder groves and wet meadows complete this rich natural area.
  • Panorama

    Panoramic view of the farmland crisscrossed by hedges and trees

    At the end of the 18th century, Arthur Young was already sensitive to the hedged farmland of the region: “Hills, valleys, woods, paddocks, streams, lakes and scattered farmsteads form a thousand delightful pictures.” As for the toponym “Vergne”, it can refer to river dikes made of stones and fascines (piles of branches) or, more simply, to very wet meadows.
  • Heritage site

    Château de la Mothe

    The Château de la Mothe was built in the 12th century. A pentagonal corner tower with a spiral staircase was added in the 15th century. This tower opens to the outside through an ogival door. This château was surrounded by a moat which was later filled in.


Starting point: From Château de la Mothe turn right onto the D27.

  1. Follow the D27 on the left until you reach the D39, on the right (towards Montel de Gelat). Cross the level crossing and continue this road for 600 m.
  2. Take a path on the left towards the Mondayraud pond. Cross the road and continue this path until you reach the tarmac.
  3. Take this road to the right, then take the path immediately to the left. After a few metres, turn left and continue until you reach the road.
  4. Turn left onto it to join the D28, which you follow on the right.
  5. Take the first path on the left (old Roman road) overlooking the village of Les Monts. Follow it for 2.5 km to the road.
  6. At the road, turn right and then take the first track on the left.
  7. When you reach the tarmac, it is possible to continue to the left for 100 m and then take the second road on the right, which gives you a view of the Château des Vergnes (beginning of the 20th century).
  8. At the road, turn right, then about 350 m further on, take the first road on the left.
  9. Take the first path on the right. Follow it as far as the tarmac.
  10. Take the road on the right, and then the second on the right.
  11. Take the path on the left just before the railway track.
  12. Follow it to the tarmac, and then follow the path under the railway track until you reach the road.
  13. Turn left, and after the cemetery, and turn left again on the path that goes up to the tarmac.
  14. Turn left and pass the railway line.
  15. Take the path between the two hangars up to the road.
  16. Take the road on the right. Go through the village by turning left.
  17. At the top of the hill, choose the path opposite, to reach the D28. Turn right, cross the bridge and continue on Mérinchal.
  18. After the pond, turn left towards Létrade, then the first on the right to go down the road to the Château de la Mothe.
  • Departure : Chateau de la Mothe, Mérinchal
  • Arrival : Chateau de la Mothe, Mérinchal
  • Towns crossed : Mérinchal, Chard, and Dontreix


Altimetric profile

Information desks

Rue de l'Etang, 23700 Auzances

05 55 67 04 99

Access and parking

16 km from Auzances, follow the D27 then the D996.

Parking :

Chateau de la Mothe, Mérinchal


Emergency number :112

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