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Paths and trails

Several circuits have been created to enable visitors to discover our territory

Signposted trails:

- The discovery trail of the Petit Salbrune at Bellenaves is a great way to get to know the fauna and flora of the Forêt de Colettes, accessible to people with reduced mobility. A one-hour hour walk offering visitors the chance to stop at fourteen different observation stations. An educational booklet accompanies the visit, on sale in all Tourist Offices around the region.


- The educational mini-trail “from the mine to the lake”, located at the Accro-branch Park at Echassières, is a 15 minute walk, with a playful approach, recounting the history of the mines, local geology, and the flora and fauna.


- Orienteering, starting at the Fayes Coutansouze roundabout. Four circuits with different levels of difficulty (green, blue, red and black). Cards on sale in our Tourist Offices.


- Sixteen shorter hiking trails departing from the tons and villages of the region. You'll find all these circuits in the guidebook “Le Val de Sioule à pied” published by the French Hiking Federation. A total of 44 circuits, including the official GR Hiking Trail of the Sioule Valley (70 km).


- Two GR Hiking Trails (GR 300 and GR 463) cross our area. You can find them on IGN Michelin maps (blue series)


Unmarked trails:

- Walks around Sioule in a collection of ten specially prepared fact sheets, four circuits with train rides and two with canoe sections on the river have recently been created. The idea is to walk out and return by train or canoe.


Organized walks and hikes:

- Special Rando Découvertes (“discovery walks") are organized annually by the Tourist Development Syndicate of the Bassin de la Sioul. Walking through the Val de Sioule with different themes, following a piece of history, a song or a particular theme, with a specialist in mineralogy, botany - or anything... Ask for the program or download it here!


- Nature walks organized by the General Council of the Allier around the Sensitive Natural Areas of the Département are held each year from April to October. They are themed around theatre, art, the night time, or any number of other ideas, and there is something for absolutely everyone. So don't delay, get details from the Tourist Offices of the Allier and find out more. You'll be well equipped to explore the hidden wonders of the Allier.


- Walks and hikes organized by clubs affiliated to the French Hiking Federation take place throughout the year across the département. Ask for the programme or download it here site: www.ffrandonnee-allier.fr