Wolf pawprints along the moorland

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Departure spot : Lande du Cluzeau / la Flotte carpark in Meuzac (N 45° 34,719’ / E 001° 24,209’)

Welcome to the serpentine moorland of Cluzeau and la Flotte, a unique ecological universe. There’s no other similar site in Europe!

To avoid getting lost, I asked a bird friend to help you along your quest: a Dartford Warbler. There are very few of these in Limousin, but this particular type of warbler enjoys the moorland’s warmth. You can see it on tiles along your way. Good luck!

At the end of the pathway, turn right at the first tile.

Information spot #1 : serpentinite (N 45° 34,792’ / E 001° 24,138’)

Did you know ? Serpentinite is a green rock found in abysses : in other words, deep from the bottom of the ocean ! Serpentinite outcrops (or bedrock) are extremely rare in France, but there are several in Limousin.

How many serpentinite outcrops are there in Limousin ? 

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

Pioneers who were proud of their roots (N 45° 34,819’ / E 001° 24,120’)

The first plants that grew upon the rocky slabs here were heather, gramineae, lichen and moss. Opposite where you are standing, there are 3 information points about these different plant types. Each point has its own letter. (L, B or G). 

Write down the letter you find on the information point to your left, then the letter on the middle one and then the letter on the point to your right. Type the 3 letters into the main information terminal (in the right order). Each letter will be associated with a number. Which of the following is the correct combination ? 

1. B/1 – G/2 – L/3 
2. L/1 – B/2 – G/3 
3. G/1 – L/2 – B/3 

Write the answer’s number down.

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

Wild moorland (N 45° 34,989’ / E 001° 24,031’)

Moorland is a combination of heather, broom and gorse. It is often the result of past deforestation, often for farming purposes. There are 6 different heather species here. This area is Limousin’s only example of such biological diversity.

A riddle by Zarthus
I am a type of heather and can measure up to 2.5 metres. People used to make pipes out of my roots. Who am I? 
1. Rake heather 
2. Broom heather 
3. Hook heather 
Write the answer’s number down. 

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

Head to the next spot N 45°35.156' / E 1°24.058' and turn left.

In autumn, a small bird migrates to Africa but some of its cousins stay here on the moorland all year long. If you see a bird with a ring around one of its feet, that means it was captured then freed by ornithologists. This type of bird is nicknamed " parachutiste émérite " (pre-eminent parachutist). 

What is this bird called ? A tree_________ 
How many letters are there in its name ?

Write this digit down. It is the equivalent of D : D =_____
You’ll find information on this bird at the information point on your way up. (sounds like “puppet”).

Wolf pawprints (N 45° 35,194’ / E 001° 23,928’)

The pawprints you can see belong to wolves ! On your right is Fayat forest. In 1912 two of France’s last wolves were killed here. 

Oh I’m relieved!! No risk of us running into one then… 

Oh Zarthus, there are also rascally BadPoï’z in the moorland... So beware... 

How many pawprints can you see nearby ?

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

Tiles, brick and men (N 45° 35,164’ / E 001° 23,822’)

There used to be a tile factory here. Clay tiles and bricks were handmade. Unfortunately, the Industrial Revolution and the evolution of farming put an end to this activity. In the 1950s, there were nearly 120 tile factories in Haute-Vienne. Nowadays, this traditional technique has almost vanished. A few craftsmen still make exceptional quality bricks, tiles and pottery by hand. The clay used here results from the degradation of another type of green rock, associated with serpentine.

What type of rock is this ? 
1. L’ortho-amphibolite 
2. L’argilo-amphibolite 
3. L’ortho-amphiboline 
4. L’argilo-amphiboline 

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

The moorland bunny (N 45° 35,032’ / E 001° 23,829’)

Zahan’s riddle : I am long-eared herbivore, and I hide in the tall grass. My fur is brown, and my 4 incisors and my molars never stop growing. I have to gnaw on dried grass and plants to wear them down. 

Who am I ? 
A brown _ _ _ _. What other animal am I often mistaken for?.
How many letters are there in this word ?

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

The cache !

Zahan’s faithful Dartford Warbler friend will guide you to my cache. You’re almost there ! 

« 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: N45°34,(Ex2)(D+2)(F+1)’ / E001°23,(A-C)7(G+B)’
 The mystery word is written in the log book, inside the container

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

Contact :

Office de Tourisme Briance Sud Haute-Vienne (Magnac-Bourg)
2 Place de la Bascule
05 55 00 89 91

Terr'Aventurers' comments

16 jan 2022

Ballanger20 has found the cache


16 jan 2022

Sabine21 has found the cache

très belle balade

16 jan 2022

milou1242 has found the cache


16 jan 2022

Totopotame has found the cache

Superbe découverte ! Merci pour la balade ☺️

16 jan 2022

Laboop19 has found the cache

un peu gadoue mais 👍

16 jan 2022

Vins87500 has found the cache

très bien

16 jan 2022

Noisetteg has found the cache

Joli parcours et joli paysage !

16 jan 2022

TEAM MOZ has found the cache

un seul mot suffit à décrire ce terra: superbe!! mplc

16 jan 2022

sebmarcam has found the cache

Belle balade au calme de la lande. Attention, terrain détrempé par endroits. Prévoir des bottes ou chaussures bien étanches. A faire par temps froid avant le dégel...

16 jan 2022

ju10 has found the cache

quel parcours !!! juste magnifique.. dans le top 10 😉
tentative pour l œil de lynx