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Le Vieux Bourg
Eglise Saint-Martin
Site de l'Echamel

The Old Town

Credit : D.Agnoux - CC VEM

The charming village of Laval-sur-Luzège, one of the last witnesses to the habitat of the valley bottoms, is absolutely worth discovering.From the car park (circuit presentation panel), go up by the D978. In the bend, take the street to the right and continue on the sunken path through the undergrowth, which leads to the plateau. Continue between woods and fields on the main path. Take the road to the left (on the right, the landscape opens onto the Vassejoux gorges and the bell tower in the village of Lapleau).After a ruin, follow the track to the left (old oaks with hollow trunks at the entrance of the ancient hamlet of Pranchère, only one of which has remained standing). Continue on the track, then go upwards on the D 978 on the right.Take the track on the left (an old pond or "Serbe" on the left of the road used to be used as an irrigation reservoir), then follow the road on the left.At the crossing, fork left towards L'Echamel, leave the road on the right, continue along the dead-end lane and arrive in the hamlet.Disregard the return path on the left to continue straight ahead until the last houses and then continue on the gravel path that goes ahead and down towards the gorges. It leads to a lookout (take care: no safety barriers) which overlooks the Luzège (dry moors with heather, cliffs and wooded slopes shelter remarkable fauna like the peregrine falcon and the rare booted eagle). Come back into the hamlet.Turn right onto the path that zigzags down into the forest. Cross the stream, the Lauge, go up along the Luzège, then climb up the path lined with dry stone walls that leads to Laval (along the road, a fountain flows into a basin that is none other than an old sarcophagus). Walk past the presbytery, then the church.Continue to the left on the D978 to reach the car park again.

12 km
3 h 30 mn
max. 530 m
min. 262 m
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Starting point

Lat : 45.2484568Lng : 2.1619676
12 h
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Site de l'Echamel

Point de vue de l’Echamel, falaise non sécurisée. Ce site remarquable de 7ha composé de falaises, de landes primaires et de bois de pentes est propriété du Conservatoire des Espaces Naturels de Nouvelle Aquitaine. Ces milieux typiques des gorges abritent de nombreuses espèces dont plusieurs rapaces tels que le Faucon pèlerin (Falco peregrinus), le Milan royal (Milvus milvus) et le rare Aigle botté (Hieraaetus pennatus).

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Lat : 45.2409Lng : 2.15063
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Fontaine et sarcophage

A l’entrée du village, un abreuvoir dit « bac de Rouby » reçoit l’eau de la fontaine. D’un seul bloc de granit, ce bac à la forme bien particulière est un ancien sarcophage. Un peu plus haut un espace aménagé par la commune vous permettra de faire une petite pause et découvrir la légende de la Dame blanche.

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Lat : 45.2467Lng : 2.16078
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L'église et son cimetière

Niché dans son vallon à flanc de colline, le village de Laval-sur-Luzège s’est construit autour de son église dédiée à Saint-Martin, enclose dans son cimetière. Remontant au XIIe ou XIIIe siècle, l’édifice s’ouvre sur un portail composé d’une arcade ornée et sculptée, encadrée de piliers formés de colonnettes à chapiteaux sculptés. Le clocher mur à deux baies est surmonté d’une croix potencée. À l’intérieur, la nef voûtée en berceau se termine au-delà du chœur par un chevet plat. Le transept s’ouvre sur deux chapelles latérales dont l’une a été agrémentée par un pigeonnier.

Laval-sur-luzege
Lat : 45.2477Lng : 2.16307
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6 informations complémentaires

Departure

The old town, Laval-sur-Luzège

Arrival

The old town, Laval-sur-Luzège

Ambiance

Formerly organised around the Luzège, the village of Laval-sur-Luzège has gradually given up its place as a communal centre to a village on the edge of the plateau (Le Poteau du Gay). By abandoning its historical setting, the old town has retained an authenticity whose memory is reflected in every stone.

Access

4.3 km from Le Poteau du Gay, take the D978 towards Mauriac.

Advised parking

On the edge of the D978 in the old town

Advice

Point de vue de l’Echamel, falaise non sécurisée.

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