Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Inter-Club Walking


At the beginning of the month we decided to participate in the Sunday inter-club walk from Yzeures sur Creuse. Members of the Tournon Saint Martin, Yzeures sur Creuse, Lesigny sur Creuse and Le Grand Pressigny walking clubs met at 9am in Yzeures for coffee and cake. The route was checked and we got in our cars to drive to the starting point. Here are some pictures of the morning's activities and sights. We did 11 km in two and a half hours (including stops).

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The semi-abandoned industrial complex and hydro-electric plant at Gatineau on the River Creuse near La Roche Posay. The turbine house is end on to us, sitting in the river. The turbines are still in the building and still turn, but only one produces electricity. Behind in the cliff face are workshops, stables and storage rooms. The complex has had a mixed history, including being used to make aeronautical parts (the stability of the conditions inside the troglodyte caves was important for components including bimetal strips).

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 The weir over the River Creuse at Le Gatineau, near La Roche Posay.
See also my post on the fish ladder here.

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La Roche Posay, from across the Creuse Valley.

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Limousin cattle in a farmyard near Yzeures sur Creuse.

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Refreshments offered at the halfway point -- water, red and rosé wine, broyé (a sort of shortbread), pain d'épice (a sort of ginger cake), apple quarters, prunes, dried apricots and chocolate.

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 Hissing and honking guard geese.

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 I was amused by the use of oyster and winkle shells as well as terracotta tile and concrete to fill potholes on a dirt track.

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Walkers coming up a hill out of the Creuse Valley.

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