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Auvergne hiking, walking as a family in the heart of France

Which sorts of walks are suitable for children? For your holiday in the heart of France, hiking in Auvergne allows you to experience peaceful and undemanding walks, which will give everyone that touch of added zest. Discover the area’s healthy, natural landscapes as a family.

Hiking in the Chaudefour Valley
Hiking in the Chaudefour Valley

Hikes just for families

The various trails in the département (county) of the Puy-de-Dôme are clearly marked out. Look out for the "yellow butterfly" markings. These indicate walks suitable for all visitors, lasting less than two hours each and referred to as "Les balades de Léa et Tino". You can also obtain information sheets describing the available walks from the tourist office or on the Puy-de-Dôme's tourist website. You'll find around 15 of them throughout the department while hiking the Auvergne.

More invigorating but just as easy, try your hand at the two-hour hike setting off from Lake Chambon. It will take you to the foot of the Dent du Marais, a former volcano, at the same time passing close to the impressive mediaeval castle of Murol.

 

In the Cantal, the opening of the gorges in the river Jordanne to the public now provides an opportunity for safe and secure hikes as a family.  In a bid to make hiking the Auvergne more accessible to everyone, the county has added safety features that make it possible to visit this wild and colourful protected site as a family, where the lighting effects and echo give the impression of visiting a massive cave.

 

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