Lives and Homes of Yesteryear

Lives and Homes of Yesteryear

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As the name of the walk invites you to do, enjoy a little game guessing the function of the old buildings encountered on the walk.
Exploring the surroundings of Ussel. Identify the old buildings: old dwellings where several houses joined together, thus saving a side wall, farms where the "living" side communicated with the stable to benefit from a little heat, barns where the hay stored upstairs passed through a trap door to the animals. The highlight of the walk is the Combeaux pond, which supplied water to the mills located below and provided fish.

5 points of interest

  • History

    The village of Lignareix

    Don't look for the church in Lignareix; there isn't one in the village. A quirk that is unique in Corrèze; 650 municipalities like this in France…
    The explanation, however, is quite simple: destroyed during the Revolution, it was never rebuilt. The church building was located in a meadow below the town hall.
  • Pond

    The Combeaux pond

    Coming from springs, thanks to the numerous flat areas of this low relief landscape, the streams are the origin of numerous wetlands. Humans have taken advantage of the presence of water and the topography to create a multitude of ponds in Haute Corrèze. This is the case with Les Combeaux, where the monks at the abbey of Saint-Angel created a body of water to supply them with fish and also to turn two small mills below.
  • Peat bog

    Wet meadows

    Situated at the bottom of valleys, often in spring areas or on the bank of a stream that is barely flowing, wet meadows and peat bogs provide small fodder reserves in times of drought. Livestock finds food there during very hot and dry weather events. In the spring, these areas are also good for dragonflies.
  • Geological interest

    The Quarry

    Located in the municipality of Lignareix, this rock quarry exploits migmatitic granite and produces different types of materials, from boulders to sand, by crushing the rock. This is a private site, closed to the public.
  • Small patrimony

    The Linarzeix Cross

    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 Lignareix, a pretty cross by the wooden fence of a house.


Depart from the town hall in Lignareix. Go in the opposite direction from the RD 979 towards the Combeaux pond.
  1. At the crossroads, turn left. At the end of the village, at the Y junction, take a path to the right. Continue straight ahead.
  2. Join a path when you reach a property;  continue to the right until you reach the road. Cross over and take the path opposite. Ignore a path on the right, then on the left.
  3. When you reach the track, turn left to reach the Combeaux pond. At the road, go up to the right towards the building and then back down to the edge of the pond. Take the trail that goes around the pond in a clockwise direction. After the dam, turn left onto a trail that leads to point 3.
  4. Continue straight ahead on the track, ignoring a path on the left and then on the right. After the beech tree border, go straight on (turn right for the shortcut)
  5. Take the road on the right, then after the bridge, follow the quarry track on the left for 50 metres. Leave it and go up the path to the right. Turn right at the next crossroads to return to the road.
  6. Follow it to the left. After the house, it becomes a track. Where the paths cross at the top of the quarry, turn right: the path goes down to a stream and back up again. Turn right at the T-junction to reach Bézièges.
  7. Follow the road to the right. Before the chalet, take the grassy path that goes around a property. Continue straight on through the woodland. The path becomes a road. Turn right at the crossroads to return to Linarzeix.
  8. Go through the village. Straight on at the exit to join the departmental road. Follow it left for 250 metres; follow it to the right to get back to the starting point.
  • Departure : Place de la Mairie, Lignareix
  • Arrival : Place de la Mairie, Lignareix
  • Towns crossed : Lignareix and Ussel


Altimetric profile


This circuit has a shorter version of 7 km, which is described in a separate information sheet.

Information desks

Place Voltaire, 19200 Ussel 19 60 00 30

Access and parking

Between Ussel and La Courtine, leave the D982 to reach the town hall of Lignareix.

Parking :

Place de la Mairie, Lignareix

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