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Sérandon

The Gorge Trail

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Don't forget your binoculars; you will regret it if you have the chance to observe a raptor flying over the Dordogne gorges!
Between the sky and the Dordogne, in the heart of a protected environment, the path overlooks the Dordogne gorges, the typical village of Vernéjoux, the sloping forests, the agricultural plateau and the village of Sérandon. Pleasant in all seasons, with perhaps a preference for the winter, where the absence of leaves makes it easier to see the river and the snowy panoramas of the Auvergne mountains.

11 points of interest
Heritage site

The village of Sérandon

Sérandon, with 349 inhabitants at the last census, derived its name from the root "serre" (highest point), to which the suffix "don" would add a defensive note.
On the way back from the hike, be sure to make a detour to the magnificent site of Gratte-Bruyère, which dominates the confluence of the Dordogne and Sumène rivers. This observatory is ideal for observing the booted eagle, the red kite, the short-toed snake eagle and the peregrine falcon.
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Heritage site

Strange messages

The circuit is punctuated by wooden panels that deliver strange messages. This is an interpretive trail project developed around the five senses by students of the Neuvic high school.
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Heritage site

The penstock

The construction of a dam on the course of the Triouzoune has created a 410-hectare lake around the communes of Neuvic, Liginiac and Sérandon. The 5 km-long penstock in front of you starts at the dyke of the dam and carries the water to the Triouzoune power plant below. The small building at the start of the pipe is called a "balance chamber" and allows the flow of water to be regulated.
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Panorama

The Dordogne

Originating in the Massif du Sancy, the river Dordogne merges with the Garonne to form the Gironde estuary.
Between Corrèze and Cantal, the presence of gorges has favoured the construction of hydroelectric dams. At your feet is the Eagle Dam reservoir. 25 km long, it offers wilderness scenery with rocky cliffs, rocky scree and steep wooded slopes.
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Heritage site

The village of Vernéjoux

The villages of Limousin were all heavily involved in agriculture. Walking through these hamlets always produces interesting discoveries during a hike: barns, mansions, crosses and monuments, traditional local architecture...
In the village of Vernéjoux, notice the farm buildings and the well.
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Panorama

Le Massif du Sancy

This hike will offer you a remarkable view of the highest volcano in metropolitan France, the Puy de Sancy. At 1885 metres above sea level, this summit is the highest point of the Massif Central. The two streams, the Dore and the Dogne, originate there, and their confluence forms the Dordogne.    
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Heritage site

The Marèges power station

The La Mole electric substation is one of the largest in France. In particular, it supplies part of the Paris region and the SNCF network.
It is fed in part by the Marèges dam which is located below on the Dordogne river. This dam, the first to be put in water in 1935, is the subject of a short interpretation tour.
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Panorama

Rocher du Grisot

The formation of the volcanic massif of Cantal has caused lava to rise over fragile areas in this northern part of the Dordogne. These upwellings are still visible today in the form of either small puys or shreds of flow. The Rocher du Grisot, which is, more generally, part of the Puy called Puy d'Enval or Puy de Vernejoux, is a witness hill or outlier cleared by the erosion of a flow whose origin remains unclear.
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Panorama

The Cantal Mountains

As well as the Dordogne, there is a panoramic view over the Monts du Cantal. This massif is, in fact, the remnant of a stratovolcano born 13 million years ago, the largest in Europe, eroded by collapse and glacial erosion.
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Heritage site

The village of Monange

At the end of the walk, in the village of Monange, you will find not only an old, traditional oven but a pendulum well. Its operates on the lever principle: It is supported in its centre on a pivot and carries a container at one end and a counterweight at the other. Simply vary the weight of one of the arms to give it a rocking movement.
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Heritage site

The church at Sérandon

Both the high point and the end of the route, the church of Sérandon is one of the prettiest in the region. Its porch, listed as a Historic Monument, is framed by a string of sculptures of symbolic figures and animals. Four scenes with carved characters move forward.
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Description

Park in the town hall car park. Take Rue du Moulin Barriè. Continue straight ahead
  1. At the crossroads before the mill village, follow the road to the left. Go right at the next crossroads. Head towards the city of Vermillard.
  2. After the first house, take the path on the left; go along below the water tower. The path goes down in twists and turns into a path that you need to follow on the left for 200 m. Take a trail on the right that winds down to a small road.
  3. Go up to the left (right for the more difficult variant) to the crossroads.
  4. Go up alongside the stream, cross the road and then take the trail opposite. It winds its way up through the woods and joins a track that you followed on the right for some time.
  5. Follow the track on the right that goes down to the gorge and then up again. At the crossroads, follow the tarmac track on the right to reach Vernéjoux.
  6. In the village, take the second road on the right that leads to Enval. After a farm on the right, take the track on the left. In a bend, ignore a path on the right. Proceed: the track goes around the Puy d'Enval and joins a road.
  7. Turn left onto it; continue straight ahead ignoring several roads on your right and left. Go through Monange, passing an old oven and a well.
  8. After the last house, leave the main road and turn left towards the houses numbered 16 to 25. This little road becomes a path. Proceed. Go straight on at the crossroads after the meadow to join a road that you take on the right. Turn right at the next crossroads to reach the start, passing in front of the church.
Departure : Village of Serandon
Arrival : Village of Serandon
Towns crossed : Sérandon, Liginiac

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Recommandations

Be sure to wear sturdy shoes: take care on the descent.
This tour includes a more difficult variant which is the subject of a descriptive sheet.

Information desks

1 Rue de la Tour des Cinq Pierres, 19160 Neuvic

05 19 60 00 30

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Access and parking

From Neuvic or Liginiac, follow the D20 then head towards Sérandon

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Village of Serandon

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