Lac de Saint-Pardoux visitor guide

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Situated about 25 kilometres to the north of Limoges, the Lake of Saint-Pardoux is one of the most visited destinations in the Haute-Vienne department of Limousin.

The lake is substantial in size, with a surface area covering more than 300 hectares (750 acres), and offers a wide range of facilities and activities to summer visitors.

Start your visit at the Site de Santrop, at the main entrance to the lake. Here you can find a good choice of outdoor activities, from quiet walks around the edges of the lake to boating on the water, and from beaches around the edges of the lake to acrobatic tree adventure parks (accrobranche in French).

Among the most popular with families are the various activities on the beaches, while active teenagers will enjoy absailing across the waters of the lake.

Fitness enthusiasts will want to try the 'Parcours de Santé', a marked series of 4 routes between 700 metres and 1.3 kilometres long that include various balancing exercises, climbing walls and other challenges - a perfect way to help you children use of some of their surplus energy (at the Site de Santrop).

The second main centre at the Lac de Pardoux is the Site de Chabannes, where you will find all the major water based and boating activities, as well as a mountain bike course, climbing wall and tennis courts.

If you are staying here a few days, most of the accommodation is at the Site de Fréaudour, where a small village of gites has been developed.

Various other accommodation options such as camping and chalets are also available at the lake, along with bars and restaurants and a useful information centre.

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Note that the Lac de Saint-Pardoux is only a few kilometres from the A20/E9 autoroute that heads from Paris to the Dordogne and south-west France. The lake is perfectly placed for a break from the journey south and a chance to take a rest.

You can find more travel ideas in the Haute-Vienne guide and the Limousin guide.

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