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Outings in the country side

You don’t have to be an experienced walker or be very fit to enjoy these walking ideas; you just need a good pair of walking shoes.

The Prat de Bouc and the Plomb du Cantal area

Albepeierre and its waterfalls
There are numerous rapids and waterfalls to discover along the River Alagnon, and of course plenty of places to have a picnic by the river. To visit the waterfall des Vergnes set off from the road at the Col de Prat de Bouc.

For the waterfall de Prapsou, leave from the campsite les 3 Pierres.

Col de Prat de Bouc
At an altitude of 1400m, you can start a 5km walk that will take you to the Puy de Grandval and its majestic valley, which is a good example of ice erosion. It is now used for cattle grazing in the summer months.
Gradient: 300m
Duration 1 ¾ hours

Climbing the Plomb du Cantal, 1855 m
It is possible to climb to the top of the highest mountain in the department by following the signposts that leave from Le Lioran, or from Prat de Bouc using the GR 400 route.
Gradient: 450m
Duration 3 hours return

For young children or the less intrepid, the cable car takes you to the peak, where after a short stroll along the ridges you will find the orientation table which shows the main summits in the Massif Central: Puy Griou, Puy Mary, and Puy de Sancy.

Cable car opens:

from June 9th to September 9th from 9.30am to 12.30pm and from 1.30pm to 5pm.

From July 7th to August 26th open until 6.30pm. Tel 04 71 49 50 09

The Alagnon valley and Murat

The watermill at Chambeuil and its waterfall
Leave from the small village of Chambeuil in Laveissière. This is an easy walk that can be done as a family; on arrival you can enjoy a picnic at the bottom of the waterfall.
1km (blue route)
Duration: 30 minutes

Cave dwellings in Laveissièree
Above the village of Fraisse Haut, clustered around a cliff face which overlooks the Alagnon valley, you will discover some unusual caves that used to be inhabited; and which communicate together by an internal stairway.
Begin your walk from the lake in Laveissière.
7.5km (yellow route)
Gradient: 250m
Duration: 30 minutes.

Le Bonnevie de Sainte Antoine
Start out from behind the church in Murat. The way marked path takes you from the Rocher de Bonnevie to the Rocher de Chastel sur Murat.
5.5km (blue route)
Duration: 2 hours

La Pinatelle area and Neussargues

La Roche du Pic
This is a lovely woodland walk in the Pinatelle forest which takes about 50 minutes. The footpath will lead you to the orientation table at the Roche de Pic from where you will get a 360°panoramic view of the highest peaks in the Cantal.
Starting point from between the Lac du Pêcher and Chavagnac.

Lac du Pêcher
This is a pleasant walk around the 20 hectare lake which is home to more than fifty species of nesting and migrant birds, leaping green frogs and other protected wildlife.
Fine views over the Monts du Cantal, especially at sunset.

Des vielles pierres
Leaving from Chalinargues this way marked path is a real trip back in time. The walk takes you passed tombs and funeral mounds which date back to the Bronze Age, Merovingian stone tombs, beautiful Roman churches, medieval crosses, castle ruins and communal baking ovens.
Circular walk of 13km
Gradient: 220 m
Duration: 4 hours
Possible to shorten the walk at Neussargues.
Gradient: 9 km
Duration: 2h45

The Santoire valley

Lac de Sauvages 
This is a pleasant and easy walk around the 12 hectare lake. It is well worth stopping here with the family.
Play park, possible to hire boats, trout fishing on the lake or in a specially adapted pool nearby.
The restaurant is open from June to September.
It is possible to walk as far as the lac du Frau de Collanges while listening to the sounds of frogs and herons.

The Lavigerie area
Start this 4km walk from the small village, La Gravière and discover local farms, communal ovens, crosses and other features of local heritage.

Rocher de Laqueuille
This is a pleasant walk which gives you the opportunity to discover the Santoire valley around Dienne. There are exceptional views over Dienne and its valley, which is one of the best examples of ice erosion in the area. Discover the lavish wild flowers and admire the sky that is often studded with brightly coloured Para gliders.
Gradient: 100m
Duration: 1 ¼ hours


Mountain biking

There are numerous easy way marked routes within the Pays de Murat, and they can be done as a family. The routes around the Plomb du Cantal and its surrounding valleys are recognized by the Fédération Française de Cyclotourism.

Family mountain bike rides

Area Route Distance way marked
La Pinatelle Les quatre fers de l’âne 4km
Le Bois de la Fontoune 5km
Le Plateau de Chanseau 6km
La Pinatèla 9km
Le bois de la Peschaud 10km
Le Suc de Lagarde 15km

Topo guide: The Pinatelle and la Haute Santoire area PDIPR (6.10€)
Further information at the Maison de la Pinatelle, 15170, Chalinargues
Tel: 04 71 20 03 52

Area Route Distance way marked
Le Plomb du Cantal La prairie 1km
Le Bois du Roy 2km
Font d’Alagnon 3,5km
Le four à chaux 3,6km


  Les quatre fers de l’âne
In the Pinatelle area: set off from the Lac du Pêcher on an enjoyable circular route through the Pinatelle woods. To do with the children.
Font d’Alagnon
In the Plomb du Cantal area: this route uses the cross country skiing runs through the woods, thus allowing for easier access to the mountain range.


Mountain bike school
Mountain bike instructor available either for groups, or families with children from 8 years old.
Jean-Claude VIDAL
06 83 85 69 00
Link to mountain bike/ MOVE

Mountain bike hire
Stéphane BELLETIER, Chalinargues
Tel: 04 71 20 00 24 / 06 70 93 73 99



Outdoor swimming pool, Laveissière
Open from June 24th to September 3rd from 10am to 12.30pm and from 2.30pm to 6.45pm
Adults: 2€
Children: 1€
Tel: 04 71 20 04 42

Indoor swimming pool, Murat
Open from April to October
Adults: 3.50€
Children: 1.50€
Family 6.50€
Tel: 04 71 20 16 87


Adventure Park

Seven levels of difficulty, nearly 100 activities at heights ranging from 1 to 20 metres, 20 Tyrolean traverses, one being 155 m long. All of this is integrated into Le Lioran’s green jungle.
More than 3 hours of excitement, guaranteed to get the adrenaline running through your body; in complete safety.
Minimum age: 3 years old

Tel: 06 74 97 40 94


Ice Rink

Cool down in the summer heat at Le Lioran’s ice rink
Opening times:
- June 9th to June 29th, open every weekend from 2pm to 6pm
- June 30th to September 2nd, open everyday from 2pm to 6pm

Child (5-11 years old): 3€
Junior (12-17):3.80€
Adults: 4.40€
Skate hire: 2.80€
Tel: 04 71 49 50 09


Mini golf

Le Lioran
Play golf on this 18 hole woodland course which follows the path of a pretty stream.
Open from June 30th to September 2nd everyday from 10.30am to 7pm non stop
Rates 4.80€
Tel: 04 71 49 50 09

Murat, local campsite
Open from May 1st to September 30th from 8am to 12pm and from 3pm to 9pm
Rates 2€ per person
Tel: 04 71 20 01 83


Horse riding

Horse riding centre La Bride Champêtre, Le Lioran - Font d’Alagnon
Lessons for beginners, long or short treks, rides with horse and carriage
Adult 18€ per hour
Children 15€ per hour
Tel: 04 71 64 05 02 / 06 80 54 22 90

Horse riding centre du Dolmen, Coltines
Horse trekking, rides with horse and carriage
Half day 30€ per person 
Full day (meal included) 60€ per person
Tel: 04 71 73 24 67


Sled dogs, Cani karts and quads

Learn to steer a pack of sled dogs, sled dog buggy and sled dog treks,
2 hour sessions
Quads: Rides in tandem. On reservation. Open all year
Stéphane BELLETIER, Chalinargues
Tel: 04 71 20 00 24 / 06 70 93 73 99

Play Parks

Murat (behind the swimming pool)
Neussargues (on arrival in the town)
Laveissière (at the lakeside)
Lac de Sauvages




Bouncy castles and trampolines

Le Lioran
Open every weekend and bank holiday in the low season
Open everyday during July and August from 9am to7pm
Minimum age: 3 years old

15 mins 3€
30 mins 5€
60 mins 6€
Half day 8€
Full day 10€


Acro Bungy

Le Lioran
Open every weekend and bank holiday in the low season
Open everyday in July and August from 9am to 7pm
Minimum age: 3 years old 


1 turn 5€
2 turns


3 turns


4 turns


5 turns


For further information contact:
Adrénaline Développement 
Tel: 04 71 49 59 01


Family activities in the snow

The Pays de Murat is also a great winter destination. Most townships propose numerous activities to enjoy in the snow; woodland treks on foot or with snow shoes, with cross country skis, or with sled dogs.

At the ski resort; Le Lioran, there are lots of activities suited to children including

a beginner's drag lift, a safe sledging area, an ice rink, a play park (bouncy castles in the heart of the resort)

a kindergarten and two nurseries for the very young,

as well as a pack of sled dogs.