Hike located in the Cézallier mountains.

Starting point - From the starting sign, go down towards the centre of the village, turn right into rue du Chapiot and then turn right into a street that leads to the retirement home. At this point, turn left onto a road that turns into a good path and goes down to the bottom of the valley. Go up (view on the Cézallier and the ruins of the castle of Mercoeur) to the crossroads (Croix) at the entrance of the village of Zanières.

1 - Take the small road opposite. At the top of the hill, at the crossroads, take the left road towards Bord (before the hamlet, overlooking the Margeride, the Allagnon valley, the Cézallier, the Château de Léotoing). At the exit of the hamlet, the road becomes a path; at the T-junction, turn right to another T-junction.

2 - Go left towards Apchat, ignoring the side roads (view of the village of Apchat). Join a road, take it on the left for 50 m and take the first street on the right to enter the village (direction town hall), until you reach the square (cross, fortified house, church).

3 - Turn left, go around the church by the apse, cross part of the village. At the well, in the middle of a crossroads, continue opposite by a wide path. At the crossing, go down to the right, ignore the right and left lanes (view of Ardes) and join a crossroads. Take the road on the left to reach Ardes by the avenue du Maréchal-Leclerc then the rue des Écoles; go past the Post Office, turn left then right in the rue du Chapiot to reach the starting point.

  • Entity information:Office de Tourisme Auvergne Pays d'Issoire


  • Altitude max. itinerary:785 m
  • Altitude difference:250 m
  • Positive elevation gain:250 m
  • Markup accuracy:Yellow
  • Route type:Loop
  • Distance:11 km
  • Daily duration:03h30


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From 01/01 to 31/12.

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