Local Walking

Walking Is An Auvergne Delight

The Auvergne forms part of the 85,000 square kilometres that is the Massif Central and is criss-crossed with a myriad of paths from which to marvel at the splendour of this stunning region; one can’t fail to be impressed by the majestic scenery, a paradise of space.

The hills and mountains of the Livradois Forest National Park are relatively gentle and only partly covered in forest. Here, you can walk through beautiful woods and mountains, along the banks of the river Dore or through the pasture lands of the Haute Chaumes.

Most of the walks are colour coded for either the degree of difficulty or the anticipated duration, we say anticipated because it’s easy to get side tracked by a region teeming with wildlife and photographic opportunities.  The local tourist information centres will print maps of the various walks for only a small fee.

Spring and summer brings an abundance of colour with a wide variety of wild flowers, butterflies and insects. 

Autumn is a special time in the Livradois Forest. Not only because of the changing colours of the trees but also the abundance of wild mushrooms.  People travel far and wide to ‘eat for free’ and some places offer special courses on mushroom identification, failing that the local pharmacy can advise what varieties are safe to eat.

Links:

www.chamina.com

www.parc-livradois-forez.org

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