Le Charolais-Brionnais


Le Charolais-Brionnais, paysage culturel de l'élevage bovin is part of the Tentative list of France in order to qualify for inclusion in the World Heritage List.

Charolais-Brionnais is a region in southern Burgundy known for cattle farming, specifically the breeding of the local Charolais cattle. The proposed property is the core of this region and includes areas of the Arconce valley and the Brionnais plateau. In the 17th century, farmland began to be converted into pasture, a process that ended in the second half of the 20th century. The resulting cultural landscape, the so-called bocage, is characterised by small fields surrounded by hedges and drystone walls.

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Jakob Frenzel

Germany - 28-Nov-22 -

Le Charolais-Brionnais, paysage culturel de l'élevage bovin (T) by Jakob Frenzel

February 2022 - on our campertrip from south France back to Berlin we chose the road with the most WHS on the way. Between Vichy and the Bourgogne we picked a road through the agricultural area of Charolais brionnaise which reminded us a lot of the English landscapes in Cornwall.

Many stone walls behind which we could spot the characteristic white cows. Unfortunately we could not find any remarkable spot to have a break, maybe late lunch and get an impression of the rural life out here. In late February the only thing we could see along the roadside were kebabs and pizza. A pitty for such a nice landscape, and regarding the french cuisine. Hence we ended up in Charolle quite fast, where at least a few bakeries were still open and we had something similar to dinner

Our short glimpse at the landscape was anyway positive. With a more tourist infrastructure it might be worse returning here again and stay the night on a farm.




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Le Charolais-Brionnais, paysage culturel de l'élevage bovin
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Cultural Landscape - Continuing
2018 Added to Tentative List

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Le Charolais-Brionnais, paysage culturel de l'élevage bovin (T)
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