Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Exploring the Limousin - Mont Bessou

We are continuing to enjoy the Autumn days here in the Limousin - the sun still shining and this weekend we experienced temperatures of over 30C. Not bad for the end of October. Hopefully this will make the winter months feel shorter - however I'm not so sure! The thermals have been bought and the wood has been chopped in readiness for the fire. 

Looking for new places to explore we set off towards Meymac in the Correze department of the Limousin - about 45 minutes drive from us here in the Creuse.

With Eric le chien in tow (as always) we arrived at Mont Bessou - one of the highest mountain peaks in the region at an altitude of approximately 1000 metres - topped with a 26 metre viewing platform and tower.

After a mere 188 steps to the top on a clear day you can see the chain of Puys and Cantal mountains in the Auvergne -  including the awesome snow topped Puy de Dome.  

The Mont Bessou tower opened in 2005 and was built with a combination of Douglas fir and stainless steel to fit in with the natural surroundings of the Mirambel forest and Plateau de Millevaches

For those of you still feeling energetic after bounding up and down the 188 steps there is a 15km circular walking trail around the surrounding forest and countryside. We saved that for next time and instead enjoyed a relaxing stroll with Eric le chien & a little picnic. 
A lovely place to walk and explore the stunning natural beauty of the Limousin.  

We're always keen to hear about new places to explore in the Limousin, or if you've been to Mont Bessou too. Do get in touch and say hello in the comments below. 

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