The summit of Banne d'Ordanche, which culminates at 1,515 metres above sea level, offers a 360° panorama with its view of the Chaîne des Puys, the Monts du Cantal, the Puy de Sancy, the Puy Ferrand...
Banne d'Ordanche takes its name from its horn-shaped appearance, and a horn is called “Bâna” in the Auvergnat language.
Climb to the top of Banne d’Ordanche to enjoy the magical 360° view.
From Murat-le-Quaire, a number of waymarked hiking paths and mountain bike trails take you through some beautiful beech woods to the high summer pastures of the ancient volcano. You’ll come across herds of sheep that also benefit from the lovely landscape and, above all, the rich grass and colourful flora.
At the top, the viewpoint indicator made of enamelled lava stone will guide your contemplation of Puy de Sancy, Puy Ferrand, Puy Gros and the Charlannes plateau. If you have energy to spare, continue walking across the Guéry plateau until you reach Guéry lake.
Climb to the top of Banne d’Ordanche to admire the landscape at sunrise or sunset. Here, the panorama is always magical!
The Banne d’Ordanche volcano went to sleep some 2 million years ago before being whittled down by the glaciers. The basalt peak gave its name to a specific type of lava, called “ordanchite”.
The lake of Pré Cohadon can be found on the way to Banne d’Ordanche. This beautiful site features a fitness trail, children’s play areas and a sheltered clearing that’s ideal for picnics.
It is also a great place for fishing as the lake teems with tench, roach, carp, trout and brook trout.
In the distance, the peaks of the Sancy can be seen, the place is ideal for a break before or after a hike.
Banne d’Ordanche is a hotspot for model aircraft enthusiasts. There’s even a club called Les Ailes Silencieuses, a European model aircraft association in the Upper Dordogne Valley.
Did you know...?
The first French gliders took off from Banne d’Ordanche as early as the 1930s. The Popular Front instigated the construction of a national centre, but this closed down a few years later.