The long-distance footpaths or "Sentiers de Grande Randonnées" as they are known in France (GR for short), criss-cross France and are walked in part or as complete routes by 1000's of walkers every year. To identify each, they are given numbers, the lowest being 1 and the highest being 2013. Grande Randonnées 46 (GR46) stretches north-south from Artannes-sur-Indre near to Tours, down to Les Cabannes in the Tarn, a total of 880 kilometres and can be walked in either direction.

Having the time to walk the full 880 kilometres is not possible for everyone, so I would like to offer you the opportunity to experience a shorter 3-day section of the route (65 kilometres) between Aubusson and La Villedieu via Royère-de-Vassivière as it traverses some of the beautiful Creuse and Corrèze countryside.

As with my other walking packages, you just have to turn up, put your walking boots on and enjoy the experience. I'll provide the luxury and relaxing accommodation, the well-deserved evening meal after a day's walking, the hearty breakfast to get you ready for the day ahead and of course, transport to and from the start & finish points of each day. I'll even loan you the maps so that you can find your way.

GR46 route mapPlease click on the map to display an interactive Google map display highlighting individual sections of the route.

Prices

Master Suite or Hummingbird Suite
Total cost (half-board stay + packed lunch)
Low Season - €530
High Season - €595

Vassivière Family Suite, Aubusson Room or Forest Room
Total cost (half-board stay + packed lunch)
Low Season - €485
High Season - €515

The prices include;

  • a 4-night stay (bed & breakfast), based on two adults sharing a room and completing the walk in 3 days,
  • evening meals on all 4 nights (this includes 3-course meal, wine, tea & coffee),
  • packed lunches on each walking day,
  • loan of all maps and guides needed for the route,
  • transport each day to and from the start & finish points along the walk.

If you would like to consider either doing the route in a shorter or longer timeframe please contact me to discuss details and costs.

Additional Nights at the Beginning or End of Your Stay
Master & Hummingbird suites (room cost/night) - €85
Aubusson, Forest or Vassivière (room cost/night) - €70
(prices exclude evening meals or lunch)

Additional beds can be put in the Master and Hummingbird suites for children and the Vassivière family suite can accommodate 2 additional adults or children in an adjoining room for a supplemental cost.  Supplemental costs can be provided on request.

Please note that this offer only applies to rooms in the house and does not include the Atelier or Etable self-catering gites.  Please contact me for more details if you would like to stay in the gites instead of the house.

The route can be walked in either direction and can in fact start at any point.  It can also be extended or shortened depending upon your desired pace and the time available to complete the walk.  The following itinerary though starts in Aubusson and ends in La Villedieu.  I am more than happy to alter pick-ups and drop-offs should you wish to change this.  Please note that with so much to discover, the itinerary below is not comprehensive in terms of places and things to see/visit; I have guide books here at Chez Jallot that you are more than welcome to loan, which provide much, much more detail of things to see and visit along the route!

Day 1 (Aubusson to Courcelles)

  • Drop-off Aubusson to commence walk
  • Detour via Blessac and its priory of the Ladies of the Order of Fontevraud
  • Pass through the hamlet of Barbaris
  • Pass through the hamlet of la Borne
  • Arrive in Courcelles and pick-up for return to Chez Jallot

Places on route to visit include;

  • The ancient town of Aubusson, designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage site for tapestry
  • The 17th-century Terrade bridge
  • The ruined chapel of St. Madeleine
  • The priory of the Ladies of the Order of Fontevraud
  • The standing stones of Pierre-la-Fade
  • The lavoir and 16th-century chapel at la Borne
  • The well and lavoir at Courcelles

Day 2 (Corcelles to Royère-de-Vassivière)

  • Drop-off at Courcelles, refreshed for day 2 of the walk
  • Pass through the village of Banize with its Prussian cannon!
  • Head south via the hamlets of la Mouline and Hugier
  • Pass through Rubeyne and take a detour (1km each way) to see the Lac de la Vaud Gelade and its dam
  • Arrive in Royère-de-Vassivière and pick-up for return to Chez Jallot

Places on route to visit include;

  • The Banize cannon & mortuary chapel
  • The 14th-century chapel of Banize
  • The Lac de la Vaud Gelade and its dam
  • The village of Royère-de-Vassivière and its 12th-century church
  • The headstone of the tomb of Félix Baudy (French site only)

Day 3 (Royère-de-Vassivière to La Villedieu)

  • Drop-off at Royère-de-Vassivière, ready for day 3 of the walk
  • Continue heading south via the Lake of Arfeuille
  • Pass through the village of Lachaud
  • Pass close to the hamlet of Plazanet and detour to see the Monteil standing stone
  • Follow the Path of the Tomb of the Officers through the Feuillade forest
  • Arrive in La Villedieu and final pick-up for return to Chez Jallot

Places on route to visit include;

  • The Lake of Arfeuille
  • The wooden sculpture of Arfeuille
  • The headstone of the Tomb of the Officers
  • The 12th-century church at Villedieu and the Villedieu fountain
  • The Villedieu howitzer