Hiking with a donkey in Limousin

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Some experiences for traveling with family or friends

family hiking with a donkey

 

Year after year, we try to find the best possible compromise for the routes of our circular hikes between the beauty of the landscape, the accessibility of the paths, but of course also the overnight accommodations in the villages along the way.

We will give you reliable and precise directions in German. In either case, you should be able to read maps. After the return of our guests and their experiences, we continuously refine the instructions.

On the way you are expected every evening in a private accommodation, an inn or a campsite. Everywhere there is also an overnight pasture for the donkeys.

All of our hikes can be undertaken with children. We give you a recommended age for each route so that the whole family can enjoy this great experience of a donkey hike.

 

For safety reasons, the presence of at least two adults is strongly recommended. Dogs cannot take part in the hike.



Our donkeys

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Your hiking donkey can carry up to 35 kilograms, well distributed between the two panniers that we have ready for you.

In the morning before the start of your hike, we will show you how to groom and saddle the donkey. That's not hard. We'll take this opportunity to give you some tips on how to lead and handle the donkey on the go.

You will quickly find that it is a pure prejudice that a donkey is stubborn. Our donkeys are well trained and very friendly. On the way they prove to be obedient, peaceful and trusting companions.



Hiking with children

family hiking with a donkey

A donkey hike is not a riding holiday - it is a hike on foot, even for the children.


At the age of three to five the children can of course rest on the back of the donkey for a while.

From the age of six a child is able to lead the donkey. If you instill responsibility in your children, the donkey will perfectly motivate them to do this task.

From the age of eight, children are no longer allowed to ride the donkey for weight reasons:

 

They brush their fur, hold the lead, stroke them - which donkeys can never get enough of.



Overnight during the hike

family hiking with a donkey

We'll take care of booking all of your nights in advance. You sleep every evening in an inn or private accommodation or in a tent (2- and 4-day tour) depending on what we have selected for you in the places along the way.

 

Provisions are also made for the donkey: everywhere it will spend the night on a fenced meadow in the immediate vicinity of your accommodation. Because there are hardly any grooms these days, you will have to look after your long-eared companion yourself, clean it and provide it with water.

 

As far as the route is concerned, we will give you a hiking map and a detailed description of the route for each day.



Our best tours with a donkey

the Poets Path # 2 days

2-day hike with a donkey at Lake Vassivière
On the shores of Lake Vassivière
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accomodation
camping by the lake

equipment supplied and installed by us.

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difficulty

ideal hike for a weekend or to discover donkeys.

Recommended minimum age for children: from 7 years old

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on the way...

Discover the Sentier des Poètes, dotted with sculptures in homage to the Limousin authors. Stop off at Lake Vassivière to discover this magnificent site.


Monts et Bocages / 3 days / 43km

hiking with a donkey: mountain circuit and groves (3 days in Limousin)
meadows and forests as far as the eye can see: hiking in Limousin

accomodation

hotel (full board)

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difficulty

hiking suitable for families because accessible to all: little drop, short steps ...

Minimum age recommended for children: from 4 years old

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on the way...

Valley of the river Maulde and large forest estates in the heart of the Limousin Mountain ...


the lake Vassivière with a donkey / 4 days / 58km

donkey-trekking by the lake vassiviere
bivouac by the lake
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accomodation
camping by the lake

equipment supplied and installed by us.

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difficulty

Beautiful route on the lake shore trail. This hike should be reserved for the good walkers ... Minimum age recommended for children: from 10 years old.

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on the way...

the Poets' Trail (engraved stelae, moorland and peat bog) and countless views of the lake.


Between Maulde and Vienne

hike with a donkey: maulde valley circuit (5 days in Limousin)
Trek with a donkey between Maulde and Vienne valleys
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accomodation
yurt or gypsy-caravan at the donkey-farm) and hotel (full board)

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difficulty

semi-itinerant formula, ideal for a first discovery of hiking with a donkey: specialized training is offered on the first day as well as a first ride to "test" and answer all your questions. Children from 3 years old.

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on the way...

hilly landscapes of the Limousin Mountain, Maulde valley ...