A hiking trail in the Auvergne summer pastures, on a summit overlooking the spa resort of La Bourboule.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
Go to the Lac de Guery and park in the large car park at the end of the lake(D) This is where this walking tour in Auvergne starts.
Take the GR®30 path (red and white waymarks). N.B. Contrary to what is stated on the IGN map, this GR® path goes along the right bank of the lake in order to avoid the road.
Stay on the waymarked hiking trail which, after taking you on a path due south to the end of the lake, goes towards the west. You'll reach the summit of Puy Gros (1) Go downhill to the hamlet called Tenon. Here you leave the hiking trail (2)to take a smaller hiking trail (yellow waymarks), going through pastures and leading to a large track at the Col de St-Laurent (3) Take a left to reach the summit of La Banne d'Ordnacge (4) going up the wooden stairway.
Return to the crossroad mentioned before and continue on the track, due East and then due North-East. Go through the farm of Puy Mary ruins (5)before regaining the heritage trail (Sentier Découverte) (6) which takes you back to the car park.
D/A : km 0 - alt. 1263m - Col de Guéry
1 : km 0.3 - alt. 1260m - Lac de Guéry
2 : km 5.19 - alt. 1459m - Puy Gros - Puy Gros
3 : km 6.56 - alt. 1342m - Le Tenon
4 : km 7.67 - alt. 1442m - Col de Saint Laurent - Col de Saint-Laurent (1450m)
5 : km 8.28 - alt. 1458m - Banne d'Ordanche - La Banne d'Ordanche
6 : km 10.04 - alt. 1397m - Ferme de Puy May
D/A : km 12.98 - alt. 1262m
No water source on this walk.
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The summer pastures allow you to catch a glimpse of cows grazing peacefully during this hike. Chalets are no longer occupied, the shepherds now live in camping vans. Further down on La Banne, gentian grows freely, which is used for making drinks such as Suze, local colour known as Avèze (drink in moderation).
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