AROUND Compton's Lakes

There are plenty of places to visit and activities to do in the Limousin. Below are a few examples of what is available in this beautiful part of France!

Espace Hermeline, outdoor leisure base.

Espace Hermine is a leisure base with countryside activities situated 35 km south of Limoges, 1 hour north of Périgueux and in the heart of Périgord-Limousin Regional Nature Park territory.

Espace Hermeline offers activities such as a forest adventure trail, rail bike, giant zip line, bungee ejection, minigolf, the small train, tennis and fishing.

You can design your day or your stay with the campsite taking advantage of the green setting, the supervised swimming, sports fields and discover, or rediscover, the Limousin via the marked MTB and walking trails.The activities on offer are accessible,  for the most part,  from 3 years of age and also to people of reduced mobility (disability or handicap).

A team of professionals welcome you from April to November to a site of more than 20 hectares so you can experience the thrills and adventures.

For your convenience and comfort, Espace Hermeline has made available numerous facilities: picnic tables, benches, barbecues (bring your own grill). The Espace also has on-site services (snack, documentation, drinks…) and at less than 1 kilometre away (railway station, grocers, bakers, bars, restaurants, post office and media library.

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Horse trekking

With its multiple shaded paths and of magnificent green and red forests, the open and generous nature of the Haute-Vienne lends itself particularly well to the riding. The quality of its installations and the competence of its monitors will make of your equestrian stay in the cradle of the Anglo-Arab race a pleasure and a success, whatever are your capacities and your level.

The Haute-Vienne was always an ground of riding. His thousand shaded paths, the beauty of its natural circles and the quality of its equestrian structures are worth to her a reputation deserved with the riders of any levels. 

 Guided by the passionate professionals, you will discover every day a new landscape which will reveal you a little of lifestyle and the beauty of this department. Classified villages, wild landscapes, stones of legends, remarkable trees, running waters or twinkling lakes: all the pleasures are in our nature …

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Family activities for young and old

In summer, we invite you to discover the department of Haute-Vienne with your family. To help you with your choices, the Haute-Vienne network, Escapades en famille offers you a diverse range of activities, leisure and visits. 
Haute-Vienne for young and old
 Take a "photo safari" at the Reynou ZOO Park, fly over the Espace Hermeline lake in a zip line, give life to clay figures at the Puycheny tile factory, take a tour of the hiking trails with 'Donne Fol'Avoine in Peyrat-le-Château, follow the life of a sheet of paper, from its creation to printing at the Moulin du Got ... Everything to awaken the creativity and imagination of the whole family!

















Besides, no one is forgotten. From the youngest to the grandparents, all the generations will be able to share moments together during the visits or creative workshops proposed by the different partners of the network.
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L'Aquarium du Limousin

The Limousin Aquarium welcomes you 7 days a week from 10.30 am to 6.00 pm   The Limousin Aquarium was originally an underground water reservoir belonging to the town of Limoges and was built in 1881 to avoid cholera epidemics. The local Aquarium Club moved in towards the end of the 80’s. Finally, with the help of the local community, the Limousin Aquarium was opened to visitors on June 6th 1993. We invite you to discover the wide range of fantastic fishes on display!

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The hiker has more than 3200 km of walking trails that cover the Haute-Vienne from North to South. This is an activity that can be carried out alone or with friends. Like the Limousin, the Haute-Vienne is an all-year-round haven for walkers.


190 marked trails are accessible to walkers in the Haute-Vienne. Here can be found the Santiago de Compostela route, two country loops (Monts de Blond and the Monts d’Ambazac; still in the organisational stage), a through trail in Saint-Pardoux country and numerous rambling tracks.


On this site, more than 150 walking guides are available for walks between 4 and 40 km covering the whole of the Haute-Vienne, an area favourable for walking notably due to its hilly landscapes, streams and watercourses and an active and visible agriculture that has modelled the landscape. A picture postcard image for walkers who will never forget the good times spent walking in the Haute-Vienne.


Walking allows the rambler to discover the natural and architectural heritage of the Haute-Vienne; the trails lead the walkers through the history of the men and places of Haute-Vienne life. The small heritage is highlighted such as shepherd huts and laundries, lanterns of the dead, oratories, churches… without forgetting life in the towns and villages in their squares and market places. You'll follow countryside routes along stunning sunken paths. Don't hesitate to climb the heights and you'll be enchanted by the panoramas of the green Haute-Vienne landscapes.


Since 2004, the Haute-Vienne county council has had a policy favouring walks structured around the "départemental plan of walking and rambling itineraries" (PDIPR). Its objective is to establish a network of quality itineraries, promoting the discovery of the natural and cultural heritage of the Haute-Vienne. As a result, you can always find close to your residence or holiday home, one or several, walking trails. Whether for a half-day or a full day, follow well-maintained and well-marked quality trails.

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Road, mountain bike and cyclo-cross outings

The Haute-Vienne and its hilly landscapes, its slightly elevated relief over a large part of the département is an incredible playground for all those who love cycling: whether mountain biking or cycle-touring. All pleasures are permitted in order to spend unforgettable moments in the saddle.

With famous cyclists such as Raymond Poulidor and Luc Leblanc, the Haute-Vienne has bred champions. It’s not through chance if the département lends itself to pedal power.


Find our cycle-touring circuits here.

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