Hiking in Chaudefour valley (Auvergne)

It’s been a few months now that I live in Auvergne, a region in central France, and I’m discovering this area little by little.

The great thing about settling down in a city or area that you don’t know, is that everything is to discover.

And you have a brand new eye and brain to look at things and meet people too : perfect ! 🙂

So far, I’m still not desappointed by Auvergne, I can even say it’s quite the opposite actually !

And that day, with a group of friends, we went for a hike at the Chaudefour valley.

About an hour away from Clermont-Ferrand, it was a great way to check how Fall transformed trees and landscape with beautiful colors, but also a test for our heartbeat and legs too, because that hike wasn’t that easy for me, being used to hike in flat landscapes around Paris.

It will just be another reason for me to get out and check new hikes, in order to train my body for this great landscapes around me 🙂

Our guidebook mentionned about 15 km (10 miles) and 5 hours, but we did it in 6h30 (one hour pause for lunch and plenty of little photo pause, and “let’s pretend I’m taking a photo and try to get back to a normal breathing rythm instead” 🙂

We didn’t dare going all the way up to the top of the Sancy (about 800 steps to reach that, once already on top of the others moutains). We wanted to make sure we could finish our hike before night time, but also with our legs carrying us, and in a good mood.  That will just be another excuse to come back in that area and hike that part 🙂

So here are my photos of that hike, where my eyes burst thanks to so many amazing colors and textures…

Fall is definitely my very favorite season !


I really loved that hike, and hope that next time I’ll be there, I’ll manage my heartbeat and my breath better than I did that very first time !


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