At the crossroads of the major trails
In the footsteps of Robert-Louis Stevenson… The words sound like the start of an adventure! Stevenson was a hiking pioneer. In 1878 he set off alone from Le Puy-en-Velay and walked all the way to the Cévennes, a region that had fascinated him since his childhood in Scotland. A 252 km-trip where new each day will “carry you body and soul towards another parish of infinity”.
The Loire, Europe’s last untamed river… Breathtaking scenery, meanders and natural sites await you on either side. The river makes its way through steep-sided gorges before spreading out in the more fertile basins. Several different hiking options are on offer from Aurec-sur-Loire to Le Puy-en-Velay.
You’re in a wandering mood… Are you reasonably fit? Your laces tied? Are you longing for adventure and hungry to explore new landscapes? Then the Velay Volcanoes tour is made for you. Breathtaking scenery of mountains, volcanic hills and rocks formed one million years ago.
From La Chaise-Dieu in Le Puy-en-Velay, the region has three one-day hiking stages introducing visitors to Allègre, Saint-Paulien and Le Puy-en-Velay.
Leaving from Le Puy-en-Velay 240 km of trails await you along the Regordane Way as far as Saint-Gilles-du-Gard. This was a route for merchants and mule-drivers. The GR700 footpath was also a pilgrims’ trail leading them to Le Puy-en-Velay and the Black Virgin.
Regis is the patron saint of lacemakers and is also the perfect saint for hikers! In his lifetime, the saint travelled the hills and valleys from Velay to the plateaus of Ardèche. Today, pilgrims and hikers follow in his footsteps and enjoy the serenity and breathtaking beauty of the landscapes.
900 km from Mont-Saint-Michel to Saint-Michel d’Aiguilhe. What an adventure! The trail has revived the old section on the Way of St James along which pilgrims once came from northern France and even further afield, reached Le Puy-en-Velay and then set off to Santiago de Compostella.
This is a very enigmatic name for a regional GR® trail! From the Allier gorges to the Forez hills, from Langeac to La Chaise-Dieu, taking in famous castles and churches, not one of the 9 days on the trail should be missed!