Nature activities in Auvergne

  • The Puy de Sancy in spring

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    The Puy de Sancy in spring

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  • The Plateau of Cézallier

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    The Plateau of Cézallier

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  • The Chaîne des Puys

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    The Chaîne des Puys

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  • The Truyère (River of Cantal) - Bridge of Lanau

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    The Truyère (River of Cantal) - Bridge of Lanau

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  • The Puy de Côme

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    The Puy de Côme

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Nature activities in Auvergne 63000 Clermont-Ferrand

A countryside of natural sources and volcanoes, Auvergne presents one of many preserved natural areas in Europe. Between the emblematic chain of peaks, the Puy de Sancy, the foothills of Combrailles and Bourbonnais, the gorges of Haut-Allier and the wild plateaus of Aubrac and Cevennes, Auvergne offers a wide variety of wide-open natural spaces that are ideal for outdoor activities in the fresh air like hiking and cycling.

Hiking

In Auvergne, hiking is pure delight. The Puy mountain range, full of green peaks and perfectly round crater lakes, opens up to beautiful vistas along the GR 30 and GR 4 in the massif du Sancy. You can hike between the Mont-Dore and Besse-en-Chandesse, passing by the Lac de Servière, Lac de Guéry and the astonishing Lac Pavin surrounded by the forest. You can also walk along the crests of the Puy-Marie and the Puy du Plomb du Cantal, to examine the marks in the landscape of a giant caldera, a huge ancient crater. There is also the GR 4-41 around Volvic, where the springs abound and the mountain streams or "couzes."

Elsewhere, themed hikes will show you the history of knife making in the region of thiers with the Sentier des Rouets (the grinders' workshops, with their little water mills which powered the tools) or the paper-makers' route around Ambert (a local occupation since the fifteenth century).  

The holy city of Puy-en-Velay, an important stage on the Santiago pilgrimage, is located at the crossroads of several major hiking trails (C): the GR 65 or Via Podiensis (the Santiago pilgrimage) which leads to the southwest and the Cantal region, the GR 70 (Stevenson's road) which goes off to the southeast and the Cévennes and the GR 3 which goes towards the Mézenc.

Cyclotourism

Le Velay also has two delightful green routes near Dunières and Solignac-sur-Loire. And bikers can have a wonderful time during the summer months on the little roads of the Hautes-Chaumes du Forez, towards the Col des Supières for example. The region is full of open-air leisure activities.


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