There is a fantastic choice, including a petite randonnee which passes the door.
It is a twenty mile circular walk encompassing the two main villages in the area, and is blessed with beautiful country side and the most spectacular views of the Cantal mountain ranges.

We will supply you with all the information needed to ensure you enjoy your walks to the full, as we have spent many a happy day traversing the countryside.

Cycling and Mountain Biking

There is a mountain bike centre five minutes drive from the gite, with numerous way marked trails.

We have four bicycles at La Vachère that can be used for exploring the surrounding region. The roads are quiet and it is a very pleasant twenty minute cycle into the village, where you can relax and enjoy a cooling drink or an ice cream at the bathing lake.

Horse riding

The equestrian centre is a fifteen minute walk or a two minute drive from La Vachère and caters for riders of all abilities with superb cross country trekking throughout the region.

Water Sports

The picturesque lakes and rivers of the region offer an abundance of exciting and enjoyable opportunities, ranging from rafting and canoeing for the adventurous to fishing or just sunbathing for the more laid back traveller.

The nearby Allier river is ideal for all these activities.


The Auvergne region offers downhill and cross country skiing, the nearest downhill skiing being at Super – Besse in the Puy –de–Sancy mountain range one hour drive from La Vachère.

You can enjoy cross country skiing at St. Germain L’Herm, thirty minutes drive from La Vachère.