Region 1: Haute-Loire

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St Privat 01
First view of Saint-Privat-d’Allier.

Main cities and villages along the way:

  • Le Puy-en-Velay
  • Saint-Christophe-sur-Dolaison
  • Montbonnet
  • Saint-Privat-d’Allier
  • Monistrol-d’Allier
  • Saugues
  • Chanaleilles

The landscape:

This area is formed by volcanoes and glaciers. The vegetation is lush and low-growing, abounding in wildflowers. You will walk over wooded peaks and through stream-filled valleys. Probably the most breathtaking sight, for me, was the fairytale-like view of Saint-Privat after a long first day of hiking.

A typical route:

Many people plan a medium-to-light first stage of travel stopping in Montbonnet for the first night and next in Monistrol. The more confident go straight to Saint-Privat and then to Sauges. The more ambitious should plan their own routes!

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