The lakes of Correze surrounded by rolling hills and forests are the perfect places around which to ramble, horse ride or indulge in angling and watersports enjoying the charms of water and woods. More than 40 are man-made and many were constructed as hydro-electric dams.
Bort-les-Orges along the upper Creuse valley is one of these worth a visit for its high basalt columns shaped like organ pipes formed from an ancient volcano rising up to100m and medieval Chateau de Val which seems to emerge from the lake.
Picnic beside lakes Neuvic and Marcilles-la-Croisille after a swim or pedalo ride. Motor boats are permitted on Lac des Barriousses (101 hectares) near Treignac and Lac Viam (180 hectares) - both are popular with fishermen.
Lake Peyrissac (30 hectares) is typical of the many smaller lakes found in rural areas best reached on foot.
Some say Plateau de Millevaches takes its name from the Celtic for ‘many rivers’, others that it relates to the thousands of springs rising on this northern fringe of the Massif Central.
Certainly Plateau de Millevaches is the source of many springs and rivers, a sparsely populated area where sheep and the famous Limousin cattle graze; a land of wild places, coniferous forests, and woodlands of beech and chestnut - beautiful in autumn when nuts and wild mushrooms are gathered.
Old traditions remain on farms - haymaking with rake and pitchfork - and in towns such as Ussels with its eleventh century church. Walking or cycling in late spring and summer are good ways to enjoy the area.
The spectacular upper gorges of the River Dordogne in Correze are a natural beauty spot not to be missed by wilderness lovers. Gorge walking or aqua hiking, canoeing and abseiling are popular pastimes or just stroll and enjoy the wonderful scenery.