Lavoûte-Chilhac © Alba Photographie - Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Tourisme

A day’s cycling and canoeing in the Allier Gorges

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A combined cycling and canoeing outing in the Allier Gorges

On this sporty day, enjoy the mix of characterful villages and ancient lava flows along the Allier’s meanders, the terrain getting steeper and steeper as you come to the Allier Gorges. Head out by bike, return by canoe! That way, you can discover many of the secret sides of this, one of Western Europe’s last-remaining wild rivers. It’s a special spot for salmon… and for humans after active outdoors holidays!

The Via Allier cycle route by electric bike

Nothing can beat an electric bike, or e-bike (vélo à assistance électrique or VAE in French) as a way to eat up the slopes on this stage taking you to the medieval village of Chilhac, then on to Langeac. Enjoy 15km of pure pleasure, the e-bike enabling you to appreciate the local landscapes sculpted by water and volcanoes. The odd terraced slope covered with vines recalls the once-thriving viticultural past of this valley bathed in sunshine.


Map of the route