Located sixteen kilometres (ten miles) past Martel on the GR 46—GR 480 path, Turenne is the perfect place to stop after your first day of walking.
While you are here, take an hour so to visit the remains of the château, home to the ruling families of the region between the tenth and eighteenth centuries.
The village enjoyed a prosperous and peaceful existence during this time, but in 1738 the château was sold to King Louis XV to clear the enormous gambling debts of then-owner, Godefroy de Bouillon. The château was subsequently dismantled on Louis XV’s orders but thankfully many of the fireplaces and other stoneworks have been preserved in houses and other buildings throughout the village.
All that remains of the château are the Guards Rooms, which now contain a small museum displaying armour and other medieval artefacts.
The gardens adjoining the museum were planted in the 1920s, over what would have been the rooms of the château. At the end of the gardens stands the twelfth-century Tour César. The stairs are narrow and not really built for two-way traffic but a climb to the top will reward you with commanding views over the countryside.
Let’s walk around and see what makes Turenne one of France’s most beautiful villages!
Which long-distance walk visits Turenne?
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Distance from the previous village of Martel: 16.7 kilometres (10.4 miles)
Accommodation is available at:
Maison des Chanoines
Le Clos Marnis
Château de Coutinard
Salon du Thé Crêperie de la Halle (for lunch)