Accueil » The Thaurion Leap from Châtelus-le-Marcheix: 52km +1090m

The Thaurion Leap from Châtelus-le-Marcheix: 52km +1090m

by admin




Elevation gain



3h30 4h00

Best seasons

spring & summer



Physical & technical

From Châtelus-le-Marcheix, you embark on a quite demanding route, both physically and technically. This trail offers a wide variety of paths, ideal for more athletic gravel riders. With its 1090 meters of elevation gain over 52 kilometers, it will definitely challenge you.

When you approach the Thaurion River, be attentive as this river is known to be home to many otters! Stay alert and you might have the chance to spot them. Take the opportunity to also admire the vast green landscapes and soak in the tranquil atmosphere of the Creuse countryside.

Stay vigilant in the last kilometers, as the path leading to Châtelus-le-Marcheix is more suitable for mountain bikes than gravel bikes, but you can still descend by adjusting your speed.

This route is overall very diverse and more technical than others. It is more suitable for a “sporty” gravel practice. It can also be done as a hike, but if you are a beginner, you may need to dismount at certain points. For experienced cyclists, it is truly a playground.

Note: Forest paths may have undergone changes after the passage of forestry workers. It is generally still possible to retrace your steps and detour onto a departmental road before finding the trails again. I recommend downloading an offline map of the area and the GPX track on your phone.

Also, make sure to bring enough water and food as small supermarkets and water sources are scarce along the route.

Useful aps : MAPS.ME (free offline version, make sure to download the department map when you have network coverage in advance), FATMAP (Paid offline version, highly detailed and information-rich 3D maps, free with network coverage), KOMOOT (Purchase maps of different regions for offline access).

Châtelus-le-Marcheix 52km



free parking near Châtelus-le-Marcheix bridge

Tourism Office

2 Rue de la Fontaine 23210, Bénévent l'Abbaye

Near the route
Best Addresses




Table de Chamborand

Thaï cuisine


Logis Hôtel Nougiers

Refined cuisine / local products Logis distinguished table and Michelin Bib Gourmand

Les Chemins d'Elric

Homemade cuisine

Le Grand-Bourg

La Grange




Logis Hôtel Nougiers

3 stars hotel

L'Oeil (2km de Fursac)

Gîte de l'Oeil


Le Grand-Bourg

Gîte du Hérisson



La Grange de Chatelus




Trail running

For trail enthusiasts, discover these 3 routes  8km, 13,5km ou 18,6km



Discover the heritage of Creuse during a 1.5-hour guided tour


Abbatiale St Barthélémy

Visit the Abbatiale St Barthélémy of Bénévent-l'Abbaye

Templar Commandery

Visit the Templar Commandery of Paulhac

GR4, GR654 & Voie de Rocamadour

Hike through the GR4, the GR654 or the Voie de Rocamadour

Culinary specialties

  • Creusois Cake

  • Potato Pie

  • Creusois Fondue

  • Limousin Beef with Porcini Mushrooms

  • Meatball Pâté

  • Cherry Clafoutis

You may also like

Leave a Comment


Destinations Gravel is much more than just a guide for gravel routes and recommendations for restaurants, hotels, guesthouses, and local businesses; it embodies the richness of our territories and opens the doors to unforgettable experiences. Whether you’re planning your next trip, a weekend getaway, or simply a ride near your home, Destinations Gravel will inspire you.


In addition to being a dedicated source of information for gravel cycling in France and for a few escapes around the world, the guide allows you to discover various aspects of the territories, along with sports-friendly recipes and expert advice on equipment. With captivating content, it takes you on a journey with the commitment to responsible cycling.


More than an anonymous reference guide, the routes in Destinations Gravel are tested by @gravel_kim to assist you in choosing your gravel explorations.

Latest articles

©2023 / Destinations Gravel®