And if the best way to discover the Haute-Loire was to go hiking on the paths that draw the landscapes. Villages, castles, rivers mark out the course of the traveler who wishes to leave a tiny trace in this volcanic relief. Like a sentinel watching over these multiple footpaths, the city of Puy-en-Velay is to be included in your travel diary. Along the way, beautiful emotions await those who venture into this land of hikes.
In truth, I do not travel to reach a specific place, but to walk: simple pleasure of travel.
Hiking in Haute-Loire is
The ride of happy people
To the tune of a song, we take you on our marked trails to take for a few hours or a day, with family or experienced hikers. Departing from the villages located in the 4 corners of the Haute-Loire, the paths of Small Hikes (PR) mesh the whole territory. We count more than 360 PR, in other words one per day. Who says better !
There is always a hike for your desires:
Want to walk along the water?
- PR 154 – The rock of the Good Ladies in the woods
- PR 623 – The Leap of the Dog
Want to discover the hikes around Puy-en-Velay
- PR 673 – Prelude To Saint Jacques
- PR 638 – Chibottes trail
- PR 695 – Reliades
Want to walk with children
- PR 655 – The Garou Trail
- PR 634 – The Ravine of Corboeuf
- PR 305 – Around Artias
Departure on the Great Hikes
And if we dared the big start for roaming, the Haute-Loire offers a quantity of multi-faceted GR.
Santiago de Compostela (GR65) from Puy-en-Velay, path of Stevenson (GR70), The Regordane (GR700), the GR3 along the Loir traile, “The tour of Volcanoes of Velay … in all, there are a dozen long hikes (GR® or GRP®) that criss-cross the aerial landscapes of Haute-Loire over more than 1500 km distance and beautiful elevation curves!
A pedestrian paradise for hikers who like to set off on paths that are as legendary as they are sublime.
Le Puy en Velay, at the crossroads of 8 GR
What if we told you that all roads lead to Puy-en-Velay! And yes no less than 7GR intersect in this city. Great departure and classified by Unesco as the city at the start of the Santiago de Compostela path, it is also the departure for other more confidential paths such as the Regordane or even crossed by a loop such as the Saint Régis, the patron saint of the Lacemakers. There is even a path that joins our famous rock St Michel to the famous Mont Saint Michel, the aptly named GR300 “Le chemin de St Michel”
The weekend loop
Just 2 or 3 days ahead of us! We then go on a loop that gives us a feeling of disconnection, a breath of fresh air, what it takes to recharge the batteries. Forward, march!
Walk while having fun
Difficult to make our pitchounes work? We have the solution! Low-altitude hikes, lasting a maximum of 2 hours. Interpretation trails that will satisfy the “Why” and “How” of our budding curious. They'll play Sherlock Holmes as they investigate orienteering routes with pinch clips and compasses. Caresses and tickles guaranteed when the animal becomes their hiking companion, astride a donkey or towed by the adorable Husky dogs.
A land of trail
The variety of terrain, a multitude of paths, almost endless trails: you start from the plain, you pass over the plateaus, through gorges and you climb to a summit to observe the verdant landscape as far as the eye can see. This is what makes the charm of Haute-Loire
Let's follow the guide for the hike!
Do you want to know more about this enigmatic flower that you came across on the plateau or this bird that hovers above your head in the Loire gorges... So why not go on a guided hike?
The guides have more than one trick up their sleeves to reveal the many secrets of this abundant fauna and flora.
Tools to support you
TOPO GUIDE The Haute-Loire on foot
The topo guides the Haute-Loire on foot
43 PR to go in the 43, here's a great idea. The must for marked PR, concentrated in a topo easy to slip into your hiking bag and which make you want to tie your shoes.
The hiking app in Haute-Loire
All the circuits of small and large hikes are in your pocket with this free application to download before your departure.
Actors of your hike
As a hiker, you are on the ground and completely active. So don't hesitate to tell us about a problem on a route: a lack of waymarking, a path not accessible, an incident encountered along the way… By reporting it, volunteers and professionals will be able to improve the quality of our paths.