The lords of Champagnac

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Terr’adventurous friends, I am pleased to accompany you on this wilderness quest. So much to see and such a long road to find the cache! I hope you have your hiking shoes on!

Departure spot : Le Val de Chaume (N 46° 13,651’ / E 000° 55,375’)

What a lovely lake! The landscape seems familiar… but wait ! It looks like someone has put up a totem of some kind ! 

Wow, I wonder what it means ! 

Now I remember! Marc Ranger, who lives in Val de Chaume placed it here to indicate the distance between this spot and the world’s largest cities ! 

How far are we from Moscow (in kilometres) ? Add the 4 digits together to get a new 2 digit number. 

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

Hmmm, I smell pizza ! We must be pretty close to Italy! 

Don’t be silly Zéfaim, that’s just the nearby pizzeria. In fact, if our geocaching friends are hungry, they can stop by the restaurant for a meal!

Cross Val de Chaume village to continue your quest.

Marc’s many Maries

This colourful village has become a wonderful backdrop for Marc Ranger to express his artistic side ! He owns a " gîte de France ", here. He even named one of the town’s streets: a tribute to several women who lived here… 

Find « rue des 5 Marie » (5 Mary Road) then find which « Marie » does not belong :
1. Marie Bouijou 
2. Marie Giraud 
3. Marie Joubert 
4. Marie Lagedamont 
5. Marie Brissiaud 
6. Marie Labrousse 
Write down the wrong Marie’s number.

Write this digit down. It is the equivalent of B : B =_____
The little pigs.

Go to the next spot.

There is an old bread stove to your right. It still works and every year the villagers come here to taste old-fashioned bread.

When you get to spot #1 N 46°13.736' / E 0°55.607' turn right. 

The flour mill (N 46° 13,568’ / E 000° 55,893’)

As you head down towards the river Gartempe, you’ll hear water trickling. Once you’ve reached the mill, I’ll let Zabeth do the talking !

This is Berger mill, which dates back to before the French Revolution. It was renovated in the early 20th century and it worked until 1960. Nowadays, it is a holiday home. The mill still has its wheel, which you can see from the other side! 

There is also a floodgate on the mill’s right side. 

There is a number on the mill wall.

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

Follow the path that is upstream of the first island, along the river, to the next spot. 

The river Gartempe’s inhabitants (N 46° 13,467’ / E 000° 55,951’)

The river Gartempe was dear to French author and editor Régine Deforges. On the other side, you will see an animal’s den. The animals that live here are discrete and only appear at dusk and dawn.

The only traces of their existence are the trees they slowly knocked down by munching away at their trunks, like pencil sharpeners

They only eat plants and tree bark and are a protected species! 

Have you guessed which animal I’m talking about ? Count the letters in its name.

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

Enjoy your waterside stroll to spot #2 N 46°13.347' / E 0°56.418'. Then leave the riverside on the pathway that leads to Mas Vignant. 

When you reach this village, look to your right : you’ll see an old half-timbered building – probably one of the village’s oldest houses.

Head right to spot #3  N 46°13.012' / E 0°55.689' then follow the yellow arrow, on a pathway to your left. When you reach spot #4 N 46°12.641' / E 0°55.911' turn right towards spot #5.

Champagnac lordship (N 46°12,672’ / E 000°55,584’)

Stay on the path and do not enter any private properties!

A very long time ago, a lord and his troop lived here. Champagnac’s first castle was destroyed by the British during the Hundred Years’ War, in the 1400s… 

This lordship protected the area’s farmers. A lord and his wife lived here. It is said that the British destroyed their residence and murdered the lady of the manor, who was called “la Dame Blanche” (the white lady)... 

A neighbouring lord restored part of the castle but most of the castle remained in the state of ruins…

Up until 1349, Bussière depended on Champagnac as far as justice was concerned. From that date on, the lordship ended and the area was connected to the authority of Bellac and Le Dorat. 

If you use your imagination, in the field on your left, you can spot a slight bump in the land. Legend has it that there used to be a castle here, surrounded by water. The pond you can see is a vestige of a castle moat. 

At Logis de Champagnac, there is a " dîmière " barn which was part of the lordship. A “dime” is a tax that farmers had to pay the clergy and it represented one tenth of their harvest. 

100 years ago, a farmer harvesting his crop in a nearby field vanished… All of a sudden the ground where he stood caved in under the weight of his horse and cart, and as they fell, the entrances to two tunnels appeared. The first one led to the river Gartempe to a place called " les garolans " which was a popular fishing spot. The second tunnel led to La Berge village, 2 kms away …

You can see the clue from the path, stay off the private properties!

How many iron reinforcement devices are there on the front wall of the " dîmière " barn, along the pathway?

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

Don’t head back from where you came ! Take the small pathway along the woods in front of you. 

Baronnet lambs

You are now in the heart of the land of Limousin Baronnet lambs ! Baronnet is the name of the lamb species bred here. 

Open the gate to cross the field and be sure to close it behind you !

How many gates did you open and close to get to the other side of the road ?

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

Once you’ve closed the last gate, head left. Follow the road to the intersection and take the stone path almost in front of you. Turn right at spot #5 N 46°13.07' / E 0°54.76'. Cross the village then at the intersection, head left then take your very first right. At the end of the path, once you’ve reached a small road, turn left. 

The cache !

Congratulations everyone ! Our adventure on the lands of the Champagnac lords has come to an end ! But before celebrating your victory, there’s one last step to accomplish! 

Such a long walk has made me hungry, especially with that pizza smell coming from the restaurant ! 

« 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 (F)6°13,6(E+1)0’ / E 000°55,(D/C)(A/B)1’
 The mystery word is written in the log book, inside the container

near the bridge

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

Contact :

Office de Tourisme du Haut-Limousin (Bellac)
Rue des Doctrinaires
87300 BELLAC
05 55 68 12 79

Terr'Aventurers' comments

16 jan 2022

maxlesquale has found the cache

domi max et grogro on fait le périple dans le froid et le brouillard... belle aventure

16 jan 2022

binekfamily has found the cache

les bords de rivière sont superbes !!!

15 jan 2022

team VIGIER has found the cache


08 jan 2022

familiaguetre has found the cache

Ballade très agréable sous la pluie

05 jan 2022

Boutinot has found the cache

très long et frais

03 jan 2022

Les flies has found the cache

Bonne balade faite en velo assez sportive

01 jan 2022

les z'aydens has found the cache

dur dur je deconseille les chemins à vélo avec les enfants
badges d equipe déposés à la cache

30 déc 2021

matadamrose has found the cache

cool Raoul

30 déc 2021

Chocho87 has found the cache


30 déc 2021

evaeden86 has found the cache

longue balade avec les bottes.