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Your Holiday at a Glance
|Independent Walking Holiday||
|Dates for 2020||
|Accommodation and Meals||
|What's not included||
Rural Tranquility in Southern Auvergne
The Haute Loire, in the southern Auvergne in the Massif Central provides the walker with a truly unique experience in la France Profonde. If you like peaceful surroundings, solitude, and timeless rural scenes then this is the walking holiday for you. 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. Traditional 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.
The walks average 15 to 22 km over gently undulating terrain. Individual ascents and descents are generally no more than 250m at a time. Mixture of paths, tracks and minor roads. The paths are generally good, although they can be rough and stony in places. The holiday is suitable for the occasional walker as well as those who walk more regularly. The walk is relatively long for the grade, although the ascents and descents are relatively gentle. Mont Mezenc reaches a height of 1753m.
Day 1: Arrival
Welcome in Puy en Velay and transfer to guest house
Day 2: Puy en Velay to St Julien Chapteuil
Transfer to Laussone. A gentle afternoon’s walk crossing a pretty countryside of volcanic summits that pepper the rolling farmland. You'll finish your day at the pretty village of St Julien Chapteuil with its beautiful Romanesque church. Option of longer walk via St Pierre Eynac. 12-19km, +290m - +410m.
Day 3: St Julien Chapteuil - Bigorre
For useful advice about independent walking and preparing for your self guided holiday please take a look at the articles in our top-tips section.
Once you have booked on this independent walking or trekking holiday, further information about the walking, the region and what to bring, will be sent to you. We do have a web page dedicated to what clothes and equipment you should bring. In addition, our travel shop has direct access to all the top walking and travel retailers. Please contact us if you need any further information.
Accommodation & Meals
Each night you'll be staying in a different guest house; either B&B or Auberge and hotel in Puy en Velay. They are 2 and 3 star equivalent in quality, offering authentic and comfortable accommodation. They are historic properties that have been lovingly restored where you'll be reserved a warm and generous welcome. Below are two examples of the type of guest houses we use. Sometimes they are located in villages, sometimes, they are in isolated locations.
|Le Moulinou||B&B||Lovely sturdy old farmhouse built from volcanic stone in a great location nr Moudeyres in the heart of the upland plateau||3 Corns|
|L'Herminette||Auberge||Classic historic property located in a village of ancient thatched cottages built from volcanic stone. Beautiful views, warm welcome and home-cooked cuisine.|
You have 3 main options for getting to Puy en Velay: driving, taking the train or flying to Lyon and then taking the train.
Eurostar and the TGV provide a quick and relaxing journey from London to Lyon Part Dieu direct or via Lille or Paris. This part of the journey takes about 6 hours
At Lyon you'll need to change for St Etienne, where there is a last change of train before arriving at Puy en Velay. The journey from Lyon takes about 2 and a half hours
Once in France, the journey from Calais to Puy en Velay takes about 9-10 hours (excluding long breaks). Tolls amount to about 30 euros each way. Channel crossings are provided by the following companies.
Parking is available at the first guest house free of charge
At Lyon airport you'll need to catch the bus link (Satobus) to Lyon Part dieu in order to catch the train to Puy en Velay
Easy jet: Luton, Gatwick, Edinburgh – Lyon
Flybe: Birminham – Lyon
British Airways: London Heathrow - Lyon
Please note – This information is correct at the time of publication. High Point Holidays cannot be held responsible for any change in schedules made by the above operators. Please check concerning the availability of a holiday before booking any flights. In addition, we can only guarantee transfers from the practical flights listed above. If you need further information or would like to discuss any aspect of your travel arrangements, please contact us, we’re here to help you. You can also visit our on-line travel shop which contains useful links.