At the top of Mont Barlot, at an altitude of 600 meters, discover the Pierres Jaumâtres. These natural menhirs, carved by bad weather, have given birth to legends. The mount would have been inhabited by a tribe of giants.
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Pierres Jaumâtres – a granite blockfield, steeped in legends
The Pierres Jaumâtres is an amazing natural attraction at Toulx-Sainte-Croix in Creuse. To get there, go up the valley of the Petite Creuse then walk along the path through the woods to the top of Mont Barlot. No need to panic, it’s only a short climb so children can do it and the view from the top is well worth it !
Pierres Jaumâtres is a splendid sight - piles of huge granite rocks which have resisted erosion from the wind and rain for hundreds of thousands of years. It’s astonishing how some of them stay in place ! Truly amazing ! Pierres Jaumâtres is at 600 metres altitude and from certain parts there are marvellous panoramic views of Creuse !
The Pierres Jaumâtres phenomenon has a geological explanation, but the rocks have at the same time fuelled lots of imagination and a large number of legends exist about this remarkable place. It is said that the daughter of Vivian the Fairy and King Arthur was held captive here, the Golden Calf is hidden here and bad fairies still haunt the area – everything points to a mysterious atmosphere...
Incidentally, George Sand and Frédéric Chopin loved walking here and letting their imagination run wild.