Micro-aventure à VTT en Livradois-Forez par Chilowé

As a family on the paths of Livradois-Forez

Marie and Fred then found a different way to introduce their children to the Livradois-Forez Regional Nature Park: by taking them on a pedal through a Chilowé micro-adventure. Feedback on the paths of Puy-de-Dôme, Loire and Haute-Loire.

Mary and Fred from @petitbivouac and Chilowé came to Livradois-Forez to experience a micro-adventure by pedal on the Hautes-Chaumes du Forez, for 2 days, in total immersion in nature. Their micro-adventure can also be found on the average Chilowe.

Mountain bikers and Sunset over the Livradois-Forez Regional Nature Park

The micro-adventure in Auvergne is not just about hiking and volcanoes… Marie and Fred set off on the paths of Livradois-Forez, with their children, for a vacation in the heart of nature. Livradois-Forez also completely seduced them because it is home to many birds of prey – notably hawks, little owls and short-toed eagles – and dozens of trails open to mountain bikers! Enough to live a beautiful micro-adventure in Livradois-Forez.

Perched on a pedal, the little family feasted on local specialties and the charm of the landscapes. Facing the sunset, with, of course, the volcanoes of Auvergne as a horizon.

An extract to make you salivate with envy:

“The little family enjoys the sublime and hilly landscapes, sometimes crossed on wide forest paths, sometimes on small rocky paths or vast lawns at altitude. »

Livradois-Forez via Chilowé
Duration : 3 days
Ideal season : summer
Level : dynamic
Ideal for families (from 10 years old)
Discovered by : Laughing Marmot
Location : Saint-Antheme to Les Pradeaux
(Puy-de-Dome, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes)

Adventure story Chilowé in Livradois-Forez

Their program for the weekend: to cover around forty kilometers on the vast plateaux of the Hautes-Chaumes du Forez, perched at an altitude of 1400 metres. A magnificent moor dotted with peat bogs in which it would not be good to get bogged down… But the route of the two days has been recorded in the bike's GPS and all you have to do is follow it without worrying about the route. The little family then feasts on the sublime and hilly landscapes, crossed sometimes on wide forest paths, sometimes on small rocky paths or vast lawns at altitude.

Fortunately, there is enough to recharge the batteries (both those of mountain bikes and those of bipeds). Because in Auvergne, we don't mess around with good products: AOP fourme d'Ambert, country ham, sausage, beer and blueberry cake. What to fix everyone, when the sun which has been beating down all day begins to decline, drawing the silhouette of volcanoes on the horizon! It's time to set up the tent… Because the next day, the Forez mountains still have some nice surprises in store for them.

The route in the Livradois-Forez by Chilowé

Day 1

Rental of mountain bikes (electric and non-electric) from Granit Bike. On request and as an option: possibility of picking up the mountain bikes on arrival at Jas du Mas. Then dinner, night and breakfast at the Jas du Mas in “table d'hôte” formula.

Day 2

Departure from Jas du Mas in the morning to reach Prabouré Station (23 km – 377m drop). Then lunch on site and dinner to take away at the inn on the course. The GPX track is available in the GPS provided by the mountain bike rental company. Then night in a bivouac perched in the trees at Prabouré with Hêtre en Forez.

Day 3

Departure from Prabouré towards Les Pradeaux (17 km – 374m drop). Lunch then at the Jasserie du Coq Noir (tasting of local specialties, including the unmissable Auvergne patia and other products from the riches of nature such as blueberry jam, syrups, etc.).

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Family time, river

Small camp also has his own blog! You find here even more gourmet photos and details of their micro-adventure.

An excerpt to inspire you even more:

“This time, it's about discovering a region that is very close to us but that we don't know at all… The Livradois-Forez plateau! We are Friday evening when we then arrive at the Jas du Mas. A beautiful typical Foréz inn in which we will spend the night and also enjoy a good dinner of regional products. Before going on the mountain bike trails for two days. »

Want to have fun mountain biking in Livradois-Forez?

budget idea
Electrically assisted mountain bike rental (adult: €45/day and child mountain bike: €17/day)
Dinner, night and breakfast at Jas du Mas (68€/ person)
Night in a bivouac or in a bivouac perched in the trees in Prabouré (75€)
Lunch on site and dinner to take away at the hostel (32€/person)
Lunch at the Jasserie du Coq Noir (discovery menu at 15€)

What to bring
Panniers for bicycles
A waterproof windbreaker
A tent (for the option night in bivouac in autonomy), a duvet 0/5°C and an inflatable mattress
As well as a meal, yum-yum and glug-glug (a lot of refreshment points on the way)
What also to bring back your waste
Small pharmacy (sunscreen, cream for blows, bruises, insect bites, headaches)
Shorts, T-shirt, cap and a towel
Warmer clothes for the evening
Finally, a flashlight