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The Massif du Sancy is a hiker's paradise: 730km of marked trails with stupendous landscapes and natural beauty preserved in the heart of the Regional Natural Park of the Auvergne Volcanoes.


> The Grandes Randonnées (Great trails)
'Grande randonnée' (GR) trails criss-cross the Puy de Sancy, including the GR30, which circles around 15 volcanic lakes and the GR4, High Plateaux and Auvergne Mountains.


> The Petites Randonnées (Short trails)
Over 670km of 'Petite Randonnée' trails, accessible to all, for rambles lasting from 1 to 6 hours; a chance to discover waterfalls, streams, landscapes and views of the volcanoes.

These paths are specially marked and signposted with detailed maps of the local area located at each crossroads.

Qualified mountain guides can offer themed hikes.


Our selection of hikes


- The Puy de Sancy
The highest peak in the Massif Central
Duration: 2-hour round trip - departing from the car park at the foot of the Puy de Sancy, 3km from Le Mont-Dore

- The Lac Pavin circuit
A crater lake, one of the most beautiful in the Auvergne. A perfect loop, lying in the heart of a beech grove.
Duration: 45-minute loop, halfway between Besse and Super-Besse

- The Grande Cascade
30-metre high waterfalls, which cascade down a series of 40-metre thick ancient lava flows.
Wonderful view over the Le Mont-Dore valley and the Puy de Sancy.
Duration: 1.5h round trip starting from Le Mont-Dore

- The Chaudefour nature reserve

The corrie in the Chaudefour Valley is one of Auvergne's most beautiful glacial valleys, famous for its sharp and spectacular levees: volcanic dykes revealed by erosion.
Duration: 1.5h leaving at 3 p.m. from the Nature Reserve Visitor Centre, between Besse and Le Mont-Dore

- The Chastreix Sancy nature reserve

Magnificent landscapes with peat bogs, mountain pastures, beech groves, springs...
Duration: 1.5h round trip leaving from Chastreix


>>  Horse riding


Discover the Massif du Sancy on horseback. There are so many marked bridleways to choose from, giving you wonderful views of the lakes and volcanoes.

Ride with your family, do a beginner's course or take horse riding lessons with professional horse riding and tourism experts.
The horse riding centres: riding school, pony rides, vaulting, show jumping


>>  Bike rides


From travelling up through passes (Croix Morand and Croix St Robert), to the cycle path at Chambon sur Lac; various circuits of different levels of difficulty are available to help you discover the Massif.

The cycle path is 15 km in length and links Chambon-sur-Lac and Murol, running alongside Lac Chambon. The perfect route for a ride with your family.

The tourist offices can suggest some circuits to you (with distances and difficulties).





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