Le Puy-en-Velay to la Bastide-Puylaurent

Looking back to Pradelles over a field of wild daffodils

This first section of the Robert Louis Stevenson walk (GR70) has much in common with the Régordane (GR700), which we did in 2013. The information there is more up-to-date in the matter of accommodation, and also there are several variants of the route, with different merits, that could be useful.

From le Puy the path rises steeply to Ours, then returns to the level of the Loire at Coubin, and again at Goudet, only to rise again past Ussel, Landos, Uffernets and Pradelles, falling to Langogne then continuing upstream along the upper reaches of the Allier to Luc and la Bastide-Puylaurent.

The land is mountainous and often bare, harsh in winter but a garden of daffodils in summer. There are many reminders of the Wars of Religion and other conflicts along the way.

Getting to le Puy-en-Velay

Le Puy-en-Velay has a railway station so you can get there from almost anywhere in France.

Our route for this section

Our route for this section

Day 1: Le Puy-en-Velay to Goudet

Day 2: Goudet to Langogne

Day 3: Langogne to la Bastide-Puylaurent

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