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Distance : 64 km
Duration : 03h00
Elevation : 1157 D+
Pierrefort
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All year round. Subject to snow conditions.

3 hours car trip (64 km) around one of the most beautiful glacial valley of Europe

Circuit by car " Around the Valley of Brezons ".
Duration 3h - 64 km

Located between the Plomb du Cantal and the Truyère Gorges, in the southern part of the Auvergne Volcanoes Regional Natural Park, Pierrefort welcomes you for an active and greedy stage.
The birthplace of Jean Todt will seduce you with its picturesque streets lined with houses arranged in an amphitheater.

You will then take the small bucolic road towards the Prat-de-Bouc pass. Discover the village of Cézens with its gothic church topped by a combed bell tower.
Possibility of a return trip to the belvedere of Vidèche : beautiful view on the valley of Brezons (narrow road!).

To continue this escapade by crossing the plateaus of estives and to take well on the left the direction of the Valley of Brezons. There, in these great spaces, enjoy the sounds, the smells, the colors so particular to these mountain plateaus.
At the level of the Col de la Griffoul, you can walk to the Cirque de Grandval and back, where you can admire the view of the Vallée de Brezons or enjoy a gourmet break at the Buron de la Combe de la Saure from mid-May to the end of October (tel. 06 19 06 29 54, reservation recommended, buron accessible by car) Then you will plunge into this glacial valley in trough.

While descending, pay attention to the Boyle rock on your left, and your imagination will allow you to discover a lion's head.
After a sharp bend, before the village of Bourguet, a round trip will lead you to the
will lead you to the marked paths of the Site de la Haute Vallée.
Attention motor homes: this road is not accessible by motor homes because it is very narrow. You can park in Bourguet on a parking lot on the right. A signposted path leads to the start of the Haute-Vallée site (about 45 minutes walk).

In Brezons, stop to visit the church (nice modillions...), then go up to Vigouroux, a small mountain village. 1 km after Vigouroux, before a big bend on the right, you have the possibility to visit the Chaussée de Vigouroux, a remaining vestige of the old road linking Saint-Flour and Aurillac in the 18th century.

Continue straight ahead and then turn right towards Malbo to discover the Rocaillade site, a basaltic organ landslide (after the water catchment, a signpost for a walk on the left).

Continue towards Malbo with the visit of the archeological site of Rissergues, vestiges of a village of the year 1000 (follow the signs, 2.5 km from the village).
Possibility to eat in the village at the Restaurant La Femme du Barbu (tel. 09 52 69 41 07, reservation recommended).

Continue in the direction of Lacapelle-Barrès, then reach Pont-la-Vieille, bathed by the cool waters of the Siniq.
Stay on the D 990 in the direction of Pierrefort and take, after 1.5 km, the D 54 in the direction of Narnhac (interesting church with a very old bell).
After Narnhac, continue on the D 354 to Saint-Martin-sous-Vigouroux and visit the 14th century church with its beautiful murals.

Return to Pierrefort on the D 990.

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