The Painters' Walk
Villeneuve owes much to the history of the fur trade, which made the fortune of the area in the 19th century.
The village became a popular holiday resort, especially for painters staying with wealthy local families.
3 points of interest
Panorama du bourgPierre Eugène Montezin (1874-1946), a painter influenced by Claude Monet, stayed in La Villeneuve where he painted several works including a canvas painted in 1925 depicting the village.
- Small patrimony
LaundryA testimony to rural life, the wash house or public laundry at La Villeneuve is fed by a spring that has the reputation of never freezing.
- Heritage site
Church of Saint Radegonde
This 19th-century church has some remarkable woodwork:
Father Béluze, the parish priest, obtained it from the church of Saint-Amable in Riom, then under renovation. A curious painting representing a "Christ of the earthquakes" is also visible.
- Turn left towards the village. Continue straight ahead.
- At the 3rd intersection, turn left towards the stadium. Continue straight ahead for about 300 metres alongside the stone wall.
- Turn left, the sunken path is lined with low walls. About 400 m further, cross the road D941 and follow the low, walled path opposite. At the intersection, at the top of it, go straight ahead. Pass below the shed and follow the tarmac road.
- After the bread oven on the left, take the low path on the right and go straight on.
- At the intersection, turn left towards the bridge. Stay on the uphill path.
- After the climb, turn left at the junction. Follow the path to the road.
- At the road, turn left.
- After the lake, take the path on the left. At the crossroads, go straight on until you reach the D 28. Turn left, then take the D 941 to the right and take the steps leading to the Town Hall. After the Town Hall, turn left towards the church, take the path on the right going up and then the steps to reach the starting point.
- Departure : Church, La Villeneuve
- Arrival : Church, La Villeneuve
- Towns crossed : La Villeneuve, Saint-Bard, and Saint-Oradoux-près-Crocq
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