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Waymarked paths and local industrial archaeology

The Charolais remains a good example of the traditional “bocage français”- gently undulating countryside criss-crossed by ancient hedgerows.
The waymarked footpaths invite you to explore nature, the Charolais countryside and discover local industrial archaeology.

Explore the countryside trail

Starting from the Maison du Charolais, 6 km of waymarked pathswith information panels allow you to discover the Charolais countrysidecriss-crossed by ancient hedgerows, its animals and their habitat.    On the route you will pass the limestone kilns at Vendenesse-les-Charollesshowing you an industrial life which has now disappeared.

A little history....

In the Middle Ages the Charolais  region was a crop growing area where the cattle were used to pull agricultural implements.

Today in the Charolais countryside you can still see traces of the byways from the Middle Ages where the farmers drove the working cattle to the forests.  These byways are easily recognised, being about three and a half metres in width. Fields, as we know them, did not exist and hedges divided the cultivated zones from the pasture.  Cattle grazed in the forests or on common land.

The larger lush pastures that we see today appeared much later in the 18th century with the development of cattle rearing.

The limestone kilns at Vendenesse-les-Charolles

Built between 1879 and 1881 by the family Mangini, engineers from Lyon, these limestone kilns produced lime used to improve the quality of agricultural land.


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