is at the centre of the National Regional Livradois Forest Park.
A park which is just asking to be discovered.

Les Hautes Chaumes (1640m). This is a paradise for naturalists, mountain bikers and ramblers. Situated between St Etienne and Ambert this bare plateau is a must for those who dream of escape. Dominating the south of France a series of crests in the forest lead to the discovery of a constellation of mountains – the Alps in the setting sun, the mountains of the Cantal, Sancy, Velay and the Puy de Dôme.





La Chaise Dieu (Seat of God).

This majestic abbey dominates the town.

At the end of August a prestigious festival of classical and religious music is held.





Discover the stone cabins in the forests

with their thatched roofs.




  • For walkers there are 400 kilometres of paths and tracks. The time taken varies from several hours to days.
    Information concerning these nature walks and topographic maps are to hand.




A journey by sledge pulled by a team of huskies ensures a winter adventure in the woods.

  • Routes for cyclists and cross-country cycling are well marked.

  • Tennis is available at Vertolaye (€3 an hour per court) and is five minutes walk away through the woods.




An adventure forest at Toutée Pass covers the length and breadth of the region

  • For skiers there are facilities for alpine and cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and tobogganing. (see


Information on wild birds, walking and climbing is available

  • Climbing and hanggliding takes place at Job which is 10 kilometres from La Faye - For paragliding parapente




The town of  Ambert with its small streets
and the only circular-shaped Town Hall in France

  • A very popular sport within this region is ‘boules’, not unakin to bowls but played with metal balls.

  • For all other information concerning activities within the park see: