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herisson village médiévalAs a first step, take a look at the medieval village of Hérisson. The old town is still encircled in parts by the original wall punctuated with ancient gates and the village has preserved numerous houses dating from the 15th, 16th, 17th and 18th centuries.
Hérisson Tourist Information: tel: +33 (0)4 70 06 82 23 or +33 (0)4 70 67 55 89 (Tourist Office in Cérilly).

For lunch you will be delighted with what you find in Vallon-en-Sully.
Start the afternoon with a walk along the canal tow-path where you will find informative signs and explanations along your route. In summer, take a ride in one of the electric flat-bottomed boats - thus you can enjoy the charms of the canal at peace with the world and pass the Davoue drawbridge. (Hiring by the hour). Tel: + (0)6 21 26 29 96 or +33 (0)

Then take yourself to the Tronçais forest covering some 10,500 hectares and harbouring the famous centuries-old oaks planted by Colbert, one of Louis XIV's ministers - there to admire the trees, the long wide alleys and the Viljot fountain. Proceed around the lake at Saint Bonnet de Tronçais and savour the shade afforded by the magnificent oaks.

And finally you could see the forest from a different angle by hiring a rosalie - a quadricycle - in the nearby village of Braize.

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