The Vézère Ardoise
Under the name Vézère Ardoise 47 communities of the old Limousine grouped themselves into a Pays d'art et d'histoire. The Vézère Ardoise area has a large number of villages and small towns, each with its own attractions and walking trails.
Upstream from Terrasson the Vézère river erodes into the central plateau, revealing veins of slate (ardoise). The ardoise of Travassac is particularly high prized for its roof making quality. Whiles elsewhere it produces the terroir (soil) for the minerally Coteaux de la Vézère wines.
The steepening incline of the rivers ones powered small industries dotting the landscape with (pre)industrial heritage, and provides hydroelectric power today. The black angular stone change the architecture, brown Limousine cows leisure in the grassland and apple orchards produce the AOP Pomme du Limousin.
We here only briefly mention Pompadour, famous for its horses and castle, of special interest to those equestrian enthusiasts. The village of Allassac with its black stone Cesar tower and church, Yssandon with its tower and Vigeois is the starting/ending point of the long distance walk through the Vézère gorges. Donzenac has an interesting historical walk around the village, but its main claim to fame are the Pans de Travassac.
Down stream from Terrasson the 'Valley of mankind' is classified as a world heritage site by UNESCO. Find more information on the cave-lined Vézère valley and the wealth of prehistoric sites.