HAUTE LOIRE

INDEPENDENT WALKING HOLIDAY

 

Tranquil Auvergne Trail

grade moderate guided walking jura

7 nights - £715/€770 - 6 days walking between guest houses

Starting and finishing at Puy en Velay, the world heritage town, this walking tour explores an upland plateau landscape in the southern Auvergne punctuated with intimate valleys and volcanic domes (sucs). You'll stay in small historic properties often located in small forgotten hamlets built of sturdy stone and thatched houses. More holiday details

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Haute Loire independent walking holiday

 

The Haute Loire, in the southern Auvergne in the Massif Central provides the walker with a truly unique experience in la France Profonde. For the most part a gently undulating plateau of farmland provides for gentle walking across a remote and wild scene whose seemingly endless views leave you with a sense of horizontal vertigo. These wide open spaces are punctuated by small volcanic hills (known as Sucs), circular lakes, woodland and secluded valleys with tumbling streams. As you go south east so you gradually rise to the Mont Mézenc (4th summit in the Massif Central), making the department the second most elevated on average in France. The eastern edge of the plateau is broken in a spectacular fashion as the slopes fall away into the Ardeche, providing breathtaking views. Sturdy stone buildings, covered in stone tiles or thatch pepper the landscape making for a pretty scene. The flora is colourful and typical of high mountain pastures.Your walk starts and finishes in Puy en Velay, the remarkable world heritage town, known for its volcanic spires impossibly topped by religious monuments.

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