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Connecting with Nature – Ideas for an Outdoor Adventure in France

2024-02-27 | Holiday

France, the epitome of charm, elegance, and a certain je ne sais quoi. But beyond the bustling boulevards and cozy cafes, lies a world of untamed beauty and boundless adventure. Here, in the heart of the country, lies the Creuse region—a veritable playground for those craving the great outdoors. Its landscapes are picture-perfect, its terrains rugged, and its nature untouched. From tranquil natural parks to winding forest trails, every corner of the region boasts an incredible charm. So, come and join us on a journey where each step leads to new discoveries in this little-known slice of paradise.


Couple on a Nature walk

Creuse and its neighboring Haute Vienne boast wonderful hiking trails that are fantastic for both seasoned hikers and beginners alike. Equipped with amazing mobile apps featuring GPS technology, these trails ensure you’ll never lose your way, and some even incorporate fun games, perfect for entertaining little ones along the journey. Get ready to immerse yourself in ancient scenery, encounter beautiful wildlife, and discover hidden gems at every turn. If you’re eager to learn more about specific hiking trails on our doorstep, check out our blog post on “Hiking Trails to Discover in Noth and La Souterraine” for insider tips and detailed trail recommendations.


Family Cycling in the woods

Just like the walking trails, cycling routes and their accompanying mobile apps are incredibly popular in France. Whether you’re a novice or a seasoned cyclist, there’s something for every ability level. Plus, if you haven’t brought your own bike, fear not! You can easily borrow one from the resort and set off on your two-wheeled adventure.

Nature Reserves

A View pretty French countryside, Crozant

Nestled in the heart of the Creuse region are several stunning nature reserves, each offering a unique glimpse into the area’s rich biodiversity. One notable reserve is the Millevaches Regional Natural Park, renowned for its vast expanses of moors, forests, and pristine lakes. Another gem is the Tourbières des Dauges Nature Reserve, where you can explore peat bogs teeming with lots of rare flora and fauna. These reserves provide the perfect opportunity to reconnect with nature and witness the beauty of the French countryside up close.

Water Sports

A Guy Jet Skiing on a lake

Welcome to “the land of 1000 lakes”! Despite being situated in the heart of France, away from the seaside resorts, the Creuse region offers an abundance of water sports activities. With the splendid Lake Vasivière, you can dive into all the action, from exhilarating water skiing and jet skiing to the tranquility of wind sailing and kayaking, or simply basking in the sun on the sandy shores. For a guide to water sports in the Creuse region, check out our blog post “Great Days out from the Wyndham Halcyon Retreat: Lake Vassivière” for tips on where to go, what to do, and how to make the most of your aquatic adventures.


A small carp Caught at the Lake

With our region being home to so many lakes, it’s no wonder that fishing is a firm favourite outdoor pastime. Lakes brimming with carp, pike, perch, and roach offer anglers plenty of opportunities to cast their lines and reel in their next big catch. Whether you’re a seasoned angler or trying your hand at fishing for the first time, the tranquil waters of the Creuse region beckon you to indulge in this timeless pursuit.

What else? 

Looking for more ways to immerse yourself in the beauty of the Creuse Valley? There’s a wealth of outdoor activities waiting to be explored. Unleash your creativity with outdoor workshops, such as painting amidst the stunning landscapes that have inspired artists for centuries. Rejuvenate your body and mind with yoga workshops set against the tranquil backdrop of rolling hills and lush greenery. For a truly unforgettable experience, take to the skies in a hot air balloon and soar above the picturesque countryside, taking in breathtaking views as far as the eye can see. And for those seeking an adrenaline rush, why not test your limits with rock climbing adventures amidst the rugged cliffs and crags of the region?

So, embrace the call of the wild and discover the beauty waiting just outside your door. From the abundant fishing at our Cazine Lake to the winding trails perfect for hiking and cycling, adventure awaits right here at our resort. So, why wait? Step into nature’s embrace and let the outdoor excitement begin.




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