In the old days, the production of wheat and chestnut flour and of walnut oil used to bring prosperity to the region. A whole string of small mills were built by the Doustre and even some of its tributaries. Nowadays, very few have been restored and most are more or less in ruins. Some mills:Municipality of Champagnac la Prune:
• Ruins of the ‘Moulin de la Grave’.
Municipality of Gumont:
• The 2 mills at Leyssac, one after the other (the façade of the first one collapsed recently).
• The two 18th century mills on the Gaud brook (one was used for rye and the other for buckwheat).
Municipality of La Roche Canillac:
• Moulin de Larchat.
• Moulin du Pont Gival, turned into a dwelling-house.
Municipality of Saint Pardoux la Croisille:
• Ruins of the Moulin des Gouttes, on the bank of the Doustre (between the dam and St Pardoux).
The drystone walls
The granite stones used to build the low walls so common in the region were taken locally. This is why these low walls, while revealing the geological nature of the underground, are so well integrated into their surroundings.
Either supporting or dividing walls, they have a different aspect according to the coping and bonding techniques used.