Le Grand-Bourg

Le Grand-Bourg

Le Grand-Bourg is one of the largest towns in western Creuse, halfway between La Souterraine and Guéret (exit 51 on the RN145).

The heart of its vast territory lies in the Gartempe Valley, which flows quietly from east to west, peppering with numerous mills and footbridges.

A hundred or so small villages dot this prosperous countryside, long enhanced by agricultural activities. This mosaic of meadows for Limousin herds, cultivated land, and large mushroom forests is a wonderful playground for day walks, mountain biking, and all nature outing enthusiasts in general.

The relief made up of gentle hills culminates at 500 m in altitude in the south of the commune and offers pretty views of the Creusois country just about everywhere, these are the first foothills of the Massif Central when you arrive from the Paris basin and the Berry. In the center of this space is the town itself, with all the amenities: local shops, craftsmen, local producers’ market (every first Sunday of the month) and an intense associative life (sports, culture…).

You can also discover an interesting heritage that goes from the Notre Dame church, a rare Gothic construction in Creuse, to the banks of the Gartempe river through the curious fountain of St Léobon… The local history is very much linked to this hermit of the Middle Ages who would be the founder of the locality and for whom there is a fascinating legend that every Grand-Bourgeois will still be able to tell you.

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