Looking for the fairy-lady

Zellé - Tales and Legends

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Departure spot : Departure stone. “La Lande du Puy de la Croix” interpretation path carpark (N 45° 48,829’ / E 001° 54,433’)

Follow this illustration to guide you :

Legend has it that before the lake existed, a "fairy-lady" sheperdess would appear here. Over the centuries, many have searched for her, to no avail.

La pierre de la quête (N 45° 48,882’ / E 001° 54,404’)

Some saw her as a good "fairy-lady" who watched over hte farmers’ crops.

No way ! Good fairies don’t exist !!!

Others saw her as an evil witch!

Don't be afraid!!

How many men can you see chasing after the fairy-lady, on the stone?

Write this digit down. It is the equivalent of A : A =_____

The bath stone (N 45° 48,905’ / E 001° 54,433’)

Once she reached the pond, she removed her dress and jumped into the water, just like a mermaid. She suddenly emerged from the pond and said to the men who were following her: " If you enjoyed my first water dance, then follow me to the top of the hill "

Warning : when you reach N 45° 48.865' / E 001° 54.481', cross the street. Be carefull. Then about 30m, 30 metres away, open the gate. 

The treading stone (N 45° 48,832’ / E 001° 54,523’)

She stopped here and began to dance, crushing the blueberries that grew at her feet. « If you enjoyed my second dance, drink this blueberry juice, it will help you to imagine a better future ». Very few men went ahead and tasted it. 

Nearby, there is a Poï'z haing a nap ? Maybe he had too much blueberry wine! Find him in his jar and count the letters in his name. 

Write this digit down. It is the equivalent of B : B =_____
at the foot of a tree

La pierre de la guinche (N 45° 48,823’ / E 001° 54,532’)

She led the last few brave men to a peat bog : « The third is a traditional dance. Jump from tuft to tuft to get across!” Next, the fairy-lady set off again. A dozen men, the youngest, sturdiest men followed her.

Follow the path.

The sheperdess stone (N 45° 48,771’ / E 001° 54,561’)

Over here, the peat bog! This is where I used to keep my sheep .

How many sheep are engraved on the different sides of the stone ? 

Write this digit down. It is the equivalent of C : C =_____
It's an even number

The climbing stone (N 45° 48,760’ / E 001° 54,520’)

She began climbing : « I will take you to the juniper maze. Only one of you can come in there with me. The first to answer my riddle. Have a careful look at the landscape to find the solution ». And they followed her upwards

The riddle stone (N 45° 48,722’ / E 001° 54,554’)

At the top of the hill, at the entrance of the maze, she told them the riddle : « In this area, what will bring a great fortune to those who brave it and overcome its obstacles? 

You are entering the juniper maze. Will you find your way through it ? Be careful ! Junipers have nettles

The lodge stone (N 45° 48,659’ / E 001° 54,506’)

They say that the lovebirds settled down here, in the juniper maze. The fairy-lady predicted that later on, men would master the valley’s water and that the energy it produced would be boundless. …

Without counting the beam, how many (visible) large granite slabs make up the cabin’s roof ? 

Write this digit down. It is the equivalent of D : D =_____
Look on the outside

The belvedere (N 45° 48,521’ / E 001° 54,469’)

Nice story Zellé ! The people here believe the legend since her predicitons came true in the 1940s. France was in the middle of being reconstructed, and it needed large amounts of power. In order to supply this energy, EDF decided to build a hydroelectric dam here. Several of Millevaches’s streams were deviated to come and fill the valley. In 1949, the “small sea of Vassivière” was created. 

There is a great diversity of flora and fauna in the area. The landscapes are beautiful. Almost feels like we’re in Canada, don’t you think?

On the orientation table, find the hill (puy) with the highest altitude. What is the second digit in this number? 

Write this digit down. It is the equivalent of E : E =_____

Warning : when you reach N 45° 48.636' / E 001° 54.327', open the gate and cross the road Watch out. Do not follow the llustrations from now on. Walk along the road for about 90metres until you reach a path N 45° 48.585' / E 001° 54.297' then turn right.

The small beach (N 45° 48,562’ / E 001° 54,238’)

The lake has become a popular holiday spot with its beaches and ports. You can partake in all kinds of water sports here : sailing, fishing, canoeing, wakeboarding, regatas, swimming, water skiing.... If you’re not into water activities, Vassivière is great for hiking, cycling and horseriding too! There’s a 30 km path all the way around the lake.... 

Here, there are 2 horizontal lines painted on a tree, to indicate a hiking path. What colours are they? Quelles sont ses 2 couleurs ? 
1) red and white 
2) orange and yellow 
3) yellow and blue 
4) red and orange 
Write the answer’s number down. 

Write this digit down. It is the equivalent of F : F =_____

Eh bien, après tous ces efforts, on piquerait bien une petite tête !

The pontoon stone (N 45° 48,675’ / E 001° 54,287’)

Vassivière is one of France’s largest artificial lakes, with its 1000 hectares, 47 kms lakeside, and its 106 million square metres of water. A true ecosystem developed in its water and on its banks. Its aquatic fauna is diversified yet fragile. 

That’s right Zeïdon ! This is a protected site. It is part of a preservation programme, to protect endangered species. It’s important to take good care of this place.

What animal is sculpted on the stone ? 
1) an otter 
2) a frog 
3) a snake 
4) a fish 
Write the answer’s number 

Write this digit down. It is the equivalent of G : G =_____

Sometimes you can see seagulls flying above the lake ! Some say they are the legend’s two lovebirds returning to where they first met...

The cache !

Well done ! Your quest is almost over. You have found many clues on your way! You’re almost there now! 

« Attention geocaching friends ! No need to lift rocks, pick walls apart, or uproot plants... the cache is most likely there, right before your eyes! Remember that your quest must remain environmentally friendly ! Thank-you ! »

If your answers are all correct, the cache’s GPS coordinates will be green on the app.
Click on "locate the cache" then let the app guide you!

Cache coordinates: N 45°48.(F+G)(C+1)(B)' / E 001°54.(A)(D)(E)'
 The mystery word is written in the log book, inside the container

Before heading back to your car, be sure to take a stroll on the ,Masgrangeas embankment opposite here N 45° 48.878' / E 001° 54.183', (follow the blue marks). You’ll feel as though you’re walking on water ! 

Well done, you have found the cache!
See you soon for more adventures!

Contact :

Le Lac de Vassivière Pôle Tourisme
Auphelle - Lac de Vassivière
05 55 69 76 70

Terr'Aventurers' comments

27 jan 2022

concombre masquê has found the cache

Belle petite promenade au bord du lac et de la rivière.

27 jan 2022

Chichi87 has found the cache

joli parcours, mplc

24 jan 2022

Marily46narilys has found the cache

Très beau lac

24 jan 2022

chauflute has found the cache

encore une magnifique randonnée en terre creusoise

24 jan 2022

Lesloupsenexil has found the cache

le meilleur parcours jusqu'à présent. des vues à couper le souffle

23 jan 2022

Amandine Malabul has found the cache

jolie balade

23 jan 2022

Les sanglichons has found the cache

Superbe balade sur les hauteurs du lac de Vassivière !

23 jan 2022

ggvernonvareille has found the cache


18 jan 2022

Tetelle23 hasn't found the cache


18 jan 2022

Tetelle23 hasn't found the cache

snifff problème de validation à la question B et parcours bloqué 🥲