A recent walking club outing was a circuit from Chambon, going up the hill, through the forest, overlooking the Creuse valley then back around, past picturesque cottages, hidden vineyards and mature oak trees. Here are some pictures from the afternoon in late September.
A very old house in Chambon at the start of the walk.
Bolete type fungi right on the edge of the road.
You wouldn't want to eat these mushrooms, not because the species is toxic -- it probably isn't. But the mushrooms will be covered with substances coming out of the exhausts of passing vehicles, and they will have absorbed similar substances from the ground as they've grown.
Fabrice stripping off in the heat.
It was unseasonably warm the day of the walk (in the mid-20s) and we were all a bit overdressed. Fabrice thought he'd take advantage of zip-off trouser legs, but then found he couldn't get them over his boots.
An early autumn view over the Creuse Valley.
Walking through a parcel of forest.
A farm track.
The chateau of Rouvray.
Turning to go back up into the woods.
On the edge of the forest, looking over a small valley.
A fine specimen of a mature oak tree.
A well by the side of the track.
The above to photos were taken from where several forest trails meet. We chose to go right, past the oak tree, but we could have gone straight ahead past the well.
By the end of the walk the sun was low in the sky and the shadows were long.
A picturesque cottage.
The chateau of Chambon (more of a medieval fortified farm).
If you want to do this walk yourself, here's the map