The origins of the Petite Suisse…
The Poitou region’s Little Switzerland spans the communes of Mouterre-sur-Blourde, Asnières-sur-Blour and Luchapt.
Its mountains, woods and groves form a spectacular landscape.
Once, in 1918, Father Joseph Pavaillon arrived in the village of Mouterre-sur-Blourde, and climbed up to the top of his church’s steeple. Upon seeing the series of green valleys, he exclaimed “it looks just like a little Switzerland”.
This discovery inspired him to travel around the countryside; it gave rise to a desire to affirm the area’s picturesque qualities, and resulted in these few poetic lines:
“From the top of the road which hugs the hillside, the silvery river can be seen dreamily flowing between its flower-covered banks amongst the meadows, straddled by the ancient bridge”.
This circuit is one of 3 circuits known collectively as "La Petite Suisse", located in the Luchapt, Millac and Mouterre-sur-Blourde area.
- Difference in height
- 184.94 m
- 185 meters of difference in height