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Photos of the last guided stay

CASTLES walking stay from September 9th to 16th, 2017

 

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Les Estables en Mézenc :
the mountain, the resort village and the activities

Massif of Mézenc and Gerbier de Jonc

The Mont Mézenc and the Devil's Teeth.

The Mont Mézenc and the Devil's Teeth.

Trees sculpted by the snow on the Mézenc.

Trees sculpted by the snow on the Mézenc.

La Beaume waterfall.

La Beaume waterfall.

Mont Gerbier de Jonc, source of the river Loire.

Mont Gerbier de Jonc, source of the river Loire.

Frosted beech trees.

Frosted beech trees.

Issarlès lake.

Issarlès lake.

In the south-east of the Massif Central and the Auvergne, the Mézenc massif straddles 2 French départements: Ardèche and Haute-Loire. The scenery is quite different from one side to the other. On one side, high plains dotted with "sucs" (rounded peaks) and crossed by the upper reaches of the river Loire; on the other, deep valleys formed by the affluents of the river Rhône. Not far away, at the foot of the Gerbier de Jonc, is located the source of the river Loire.

Village and resort of Les Estables

Mill with a 'lauze' stone roof.

Mill with a 'lauze' stone roof.

Cottage with thatched roof.

Cottage with thatched roof.

Bonnefoy Monastery, near Les Estables.

Bonnefoy Monastery, near Les Estables.

Village of Les Estables.

Village of Les Estables.

Village of Les Estables.

Village of Les Estables.

Cross country skiing in Mézenc.

Cross country skiing in Mézenc.

Originally the village was just a cluster of farms on the mountain, where farmers would go every spring with their herd. Then the village became a permanent settlement despite the altitude of 4,000 ft and the rigorous winter climate. The original huts were then replaced with large stone farms with stone roofs. Today the village has developed due to tourism and the winter resort whilst keeping its authentic character.

WINTER activities

Cross country skiing.

Cross country skiing.

Downhill skiing.

Downhill skiing.

Snowshoeing.

Snowshoeing.

Cross country skiing.

Cross country skiing.

Snowkiting

Snowkiting

Snowshoeing.

Snowshoeing.

  • Downhill skiing and snowboarding : small family resort, ideal for beginners and children, with 4 green tracks, 3 blue tracks, 1 red track, 1 black track. A beginners' area ("front de neige") with snow cannons, rope tow and platter lift.

  • Cross-country skiing : 52 km of groomed ski trails (1 green, 2 bleue, 4 red, 1 black).

  • Secure area for snowshoeing : 4 marked trails.

  • Areas for snowkiting, dog sledding, sledge.

Snow report

SUMMER activities

Hiking.

Hiking.

Cycling race of l'Ardéchoise.

Cycling race of l'Ardéchoise.

Family cycling on an old railway line.

Family cycling on an old railway line.

Swimming in the Loire river.

Swimming in the Loire river.

Paragliding at Chaudeyrolles.

Paragliding at Chaudeyrolles.

Via ferrata of Les Juscles at Le Pertuis.

Via ferrata of Les Juscles at Le Pertuis.

Hiking : several marked trails starting from Les Estables or its vicinity to discover the many natural sites of the Massif : Sources and gorges of the river Loire, Cirque of Les Boutières, Chaudeyrolles Narces, Ray-Pic waterfall, Saint-Front Lake, Lac Bleu lauzière...

Horseback and donkey back riding, Mountain bike, cycling (many small quiet roads, high plains, hills...), rock-climbing (numerous areas in the proximity), paragliding (school of paragliding), orienteering (permanent courses on Mézenc and on Lizieux), swimming (Issarlès lake, Saint-Martial lake, Gorges of Loire river...), fishing (many rivers : Gazeille, Gagne, Aubépin, Lignon, Loire, Eysse, Eyrieux...), canoeing and kayaking on the Loire river (bases of Aurec-sur-Loire, Retournac, Bas-en-Basset...) and on the Allier river (bases of Langeac, Monistrol d'Allier...).

Cultural activities

Lauzière and park of Lac Bleu.

Lauzière and park of Lac Bleu.

Perrel Brothers Farm at Moudeyres.

Perrel Brothers Farm at Moudeyres.

Castle and abbey church of Le Monastier/G.

Castle and abbey church of Le Monastier/G.

St-Michel d'Aiguilhe Chapel.

St-Michel d'Aiguilhe Chapel.

Tchier of Borée.

Tchier of Borée.

Le Puy-en-Velay Cathedral.

Le Puy-en-Velay Cathedral.

Museums : Perrel Brothers Farm (cottage with thatched roof and eco-museum in Moudeyres), Bourlatier farm, eco-museum of Bigorre, house of Fin-Gras du Mézenc (beef with AOC certification), Wind school of Saint-Clément, park of la Lauzière du Lac Bleu in Champclause, museum of Popular Beliefs in Le Monastier-sur-Gazeille...

Historical sites : the town of Le Puy-en-Velay and its cathedral, a World Heritage Site, abbey of Le Monastier-sur-Gazeille (start of the Stevenson Trail), ruins of the Bonnefoy Carthusian Monastery, Polignac castle, Arlempdes castle...

Interesting websites

amisdumezenc.free.fr : Association Les amis du Mézenc

www.mezenc.fr : Espace de partage d'informations du Massif du Mézenc

tazieff.fr : Centre Haroun Tazieff pour les Sciences de la Terre

www.chemin-stevenson.org : Association Sur le chemin de Robert Louis Stevenson