Walking Holidays in the Auvergne
Barren yet beautiful, sparsely populated but abundant in personality, the warm embrace of the Auvergne will touch the spirit of even the most experienced traveller. Nature’s hand in crafting a landscape so rich in natural splendour makes tackling the volcanic peaks and undulating valleys a truly rewarding experience. With myriad hiking trails offering a route to spectacular viewpoints, a walking holiday in the Auvergne guarantees lasting memories.
There are few sights as rewarding as those seen from soaring peaks. Among the Auvergne’s highlights are the surrounds of the Puy de Dôme. Attracting nearly half a million visitors every year, the final trek to the Roman remains of the Mercury Temple is a worthwhile culmination of a climb through captivating scenery, and presents walkers with incredible views across Clermont-Ferrand below and the Chaîne des Puys range.
Embark on the most famous of all trails
Crossing the border between France and Spain en route to the acclaimed pilgrimage site of Santiago de Compostela, the Way of St James negotiates the Auvergne’s volcanic landscapes from its starting point in Le Puy-en-Velay. Follow in the footsteps of pilgrims that have traversed the route for centuries, experiencing some of the most well preserved sections of the trail and uncovering a series of sacred locations.
7 Matching Holidays
Valleys of the Rugged South
Dramatic landscapes and remote beauty
Recommended in the Telegraph's Top 10 Activity Holidays in France for 2015, this is a moderate walk through stunning and dramatic scenery: steep tree covered slopes, cascading streams and remote, granite strewn plains. Experience...
Compostela - Le Puy to Nasbinals - Stage 1
Hidden hamlets, ancient churches and magnificent mountains
This classic walk follows in the footsteps of pilgrims often making use of the GR65 footpath. Starting in the Massif Central, heading through the vineyards of south west France and finishing in the sunny foothills of the Pyrenees. The horizons are...
Compostela - Nasbinals to Conques - Stage 2
Breathtaking, panoramic views as you cross the causses
This delightful scenic walk with stunning views takes you from the ancient town of Nasbinals in the heights of the Massif Central, through the Lot Valley to the beautiful basilica in the historic village of Conques.
Compostela - Conques to Cahors - Stage 3
Classic walk following in the footsteps of pilgrims
A moderate walk from the ancient town of Conques, via country tracks to discover woods, forests, watermills and burial grounds and finishing in Cahors.
Volcanoes of the Auvergne
Wooded hills and lunar lakes
The dramatic landscape of the Auvergne is full of contrasts: barren yet lush, rolling yet rocky. You’ll be walking on a whole range of surfaces, from narrow woodland tracks to country lanes.
Stevenson Trail - Stage 1
In the footsteps of one man and his donkey
In 1878, Robert Louis Stevenson published 'Travels with a Donkey', an account of his intriguing journey accompanied by his donkey, Modestine. Starting at the southern end of the Massif Central, this walk takes you across the Cevennes...
Stevenson Trail - Stage 2
Follow in Robert Louis Stevenson's footsteps across the wild Auvergne
This section of the walk, taken by Stevenson and Modestine, passes through ever-changing landscapes of lush woodlands, plunging valleys and boulder-strewn plains. A must for literature lovers and those with a sense of adventure.