A hike between rivers and woodland hills, in the Combrailles region.
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.
(D)Set out from the church. After visiting the church and the fountain, take the road to Vergheas-le-Vieux, 100m to your left. Leave the road to go and see the fountain and the cross, then come back to the road again, and at the bend 200m further on the left, there is another cross to mark your way.
(1)Go through the village of Vergheas-le-Vieux, and after la "pêcherie" (fishery), take the path on your right, then the one on the left until you reach the road.
(2)Turn left down the road, then follow it to the right and then left, and carry on to the first village. Ignore the first turning and take the second, on the right. A cross marks the junction.
(3)Go up this dirt track, turn left and continue to the village of Montaudot. There turn left and continue along a small road until you reach the junction. Turn left and carry on towards Vergheas.
(4)On a downhill bend, at a beech grove, you can visit the chapel. After visiting the chapel, turn right, then left following the track until it meets the road.
(5)On the road turn left, then right to go through the village of La Viergne. Take the time to admire the cross and the bridge, and the old mill converted into a home. After the bridge, turn left, follow the path, right, then left and left again, taking you past the only house in the village of Bois.
(6)On the slope, turn along the small path through the woods, until you reach the road, which you cross to go to Chez Paute. From here, take the road to the left, and continue straight on along the track to reach the village of Romagoux. Take the road left through the village (you will see another cross), then cross over the road and take the small path to follow the streams.
(7)On the small road, take a left to go to Bichon mill. After going around the mill, take the third track on your right to go up the hill on the sunken path. At the top, turn left, to reach the village of Puy Gauthier.
There you will find a cross and some hollow, century-old lime trees.
(8)Take the road to the left, being careful of traffic, as far as the next intersection, then take a small road towards the Mills (les Moulins) and then a path on the right towards Vergheas. On the slope, a final cross marks the way at the top of the hill before you reach the village.
D/A : km 0 - alt. 591m - Verheas church
1 : km 0.77 - alt. 598m - Vergheas-le-Vieux
2 : km 1.89 - alt. 624m - Turn left onto the road
3 : km 3.1 - alt. 651m - Take the dirt track
4 : km 4.99 - alt. 638m - Chapel
5 : km 5.74 - alt. 590m - La Viergne
6 : km 6.65 - alt. 630m - Le Bois
7 : km 9.41 - alt. 549m - Turn left towards the mill
8 : km 10.19 - alt. 597m - Turn left along the road
D/A : km 11.77 - alt. 591m - Verheas church
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Just above Clermont-Ferrand, the inescapable climb to Puy-de-Dôme through the col de Ceyssat is a short but intense hike with an astonishing view over Clermont-Ferrand, the chaîne des Puys, paragliders and Millevaches.
Caution, it's a very popular walk so be sure to do it during week days for a bit of peace and quiet.
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