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Walks and hikes

Right on the doorstep and in the area, from family rambles to more strenuous hikes, you’ll find numerous walking routes, including some designated as “Respirando” routes by the Haute-Loire tourism authorities.
You can walk stages of the Way of St James (GR65) as well as the recently created GR470 “Source et gorges de l’Allier”.
Documentation and IGN maps are available.

Water sports

  • Bathing, 7km away:
    • Magnificent open-air bathing at the all-natural outdoor bathing pool in Saugues, free from chlorine and chemical additives, the first in the Auvergne and the 6th in France, with its grass beach.
    • Saugues municipal swimming pool: 1 heated indoor pool.
  • White-water sports: on the River Allier, 24 km away, canoeing, kayaking, rafting, canyoning…
  • Pedalo hire on Saugues lake during the summer months.

Tennis

7km away, in Saugues, open to all.

Off-road biking

16 off-road biking circuits, suitable for all levels, (please see information leaflets at the bed and breakfast and at the local Tourist Office).
We can organise half-day or full-day trips, accompanied by a qualified guide, for you – please contact us to make arrangements.

Horse riding

7km away, “La Crinière Saugaine” equestrian centre offers riding lessons, rambles and day excursions on horseback…

20kms away, at “Les Haras de la Desges”et “Ecuries Langeadoises”: explore our magnificent region with accompanied horseback rides lasting from one hour to a full day.

Discover the wonders of the Haut-Allier on a donkey trek: http://histoires-dânes-auvergne.com

Climbing and Via Ferrata

There are sites at Cubelles, Prades and Saint-Jean Lachalm

We can arrange for a qualified mountain guide to accompany you (please ask us for details).

Tree-to-tree adventure course

20 km away, in Langeac

Fishing

The streams and rivers of the Haut-Allier are, even nowadays, scarcely polluted. We can still find trout that have bred in the river in the Seuge, Virlange, Ance du Sud and Panis – and freshwater mussels too. For lovers of fly-fishing, there is plenty of scope in the watercourses of the Margeride plateau, the Barrage de Poutès reservoir, and the Lac du Bouchet, a wonderful lake in a former volcanic crater.
And finally, we present the “must” of the Auvergne and the Haute-Loire, the River Allier, a magnificent and simply unmissable salmon river. Here you can also catch beautiful brown trout, grayling and other freshwater white fish.
For beginners, you can enjoy yourselves at the lake in Saugues (7 km away) as well as at the ponds of the “Etangs de Bergougnoux” where you can fish for trout, brook trout and carp.

Serge, a distinguished fly fisherman, will be able to show you the best spots to fish in the Saugues area, offer you some technical tips, advise you on getting a fishing licence…

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Winter

Much of the Margeride plateau is set at an altitude of 1000 metres, and its gently rolling landscapes are ideal for walking its numerous hiking paths.
And why not enjoy a weekend snowshoeing once the snow makes an appearance?