Aurec-sur-Loire to le Puy-en-Velay

Like so many French rivers, the Loire rises in the Massif Central and flows generally westward towards the sea. Its upper waters, however, take a northerly course through the mountains and over millions of years they have worn a gorge, deep in some places, wide and fertile in others.

Our four-day walk took us upstream from Aurec-sur-Loire to le Puy and we passed through a great variety of landscapes, including dry, eroded hillsides, flooded gravel-pits, forests, rich pastures and savage, rocky escarpments.

Our route for this section

Day 9: Aurec-sur-Loire to Bas-en-Basset

Day 10: Bas-en-Basset to Retournac

Day 11: Retournac to Vorey-sur-Arzon

Day 12: Vorey-sur-Arzon to le Puy

Rest day: Le Puy-en-Velay

Travel day: Le Puy-en-Velay to
                        Saint-Amand-Montron


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