An afternoon hiking in Cézallier

Cézallier is an area in Auvergne (central France) also called “little Scotland”. Near Issoire (and Ardes sur Couze) it’s really my favorite area in my region. I actually told you a bit about it in my previous blogpost about my  roadtrip in Cantal.

Cézallier is about 1h15 drive from Clermont-Ferrand, and as for the Cantal part of it, the city of Allanche, is a splendid entrance to these yellow grass landscapes, and faraway horizon lines.

I really recommend you the hike of Signal du Luguet,  that will give you a massive oxygen dose, mountains, empty landscapes there are just the way I love them !

But it’s around la Godivelle that I take you today. Village in the heart of the Cézallier, despite not being able to live there (yet?), I hike there, and dream to take wedding photos there too   🙂

So jump in, put your hiking shooes, and let’s hike and explore this delicious and wild area that I love so much ! 🙂

A cute Salers cow was in the middle of the hiking trail, faraway from the rest of her heird. So instead of taking any risk to walk near her, we decided to cross the fences on the other side for a little while in order to pass her.

I’m now mastering the  “roulez boulet” technic, and a paparrazzi team is always welcome to capture this! 🙂

(Valérie send me your photo! 😀 )

This field, that we walk through at the end of the hike, reminded me of , Overhanging gardens of Marqueyssac 🙂

It was fun to jump here and there from a bunch of grass to another, trying not to fall or slide.


Cézallier is splendid at every season. Even if winter is quite tough there (and roads are difficult to process), I really love these isolated lands, where light and nature is reminded in both a spectacular and extreme way at the same time .


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