DAY 5 -St Jacques des Blats - Mandailles - L’Elancèze
This strenuous yet rewarding walk in the Vallée du Jordanne offers spectacular views of Puy Mary, Peyre Arse and L’Elanceze. Visit the mountain village of Mandailles before the steep climb to the rocky peak of L’ Elanceze.
NB: This walk begins 7km from St Jacques de Blats. Take your car to the start point or, alternatively, transport can be provided.
A rewarding walk climbing through the Ferval Valley on unmarked paths before arriving at Col du Chèvre. Wild mountain pastures make way for the broad rocky ridge path as you continue towards the remote buron of ‘Le Tuilliere’ (a rare refreshment stop if open!). Look out for the ancient chapel at Puy Gros. Descend through woodlands before returning to St Jacques des Blats.
DAY 6 -St Jacques des Blats - Col du Chèvre - Le Tuilliere
DAY 7 -St Jacques des Blats - Puy Griou
Height gain: 650m
A fairly strenuous walk around the base of Puy Griou with a magnificent overall view of the Vallée du Cére summits and habitations. Having spent your previous days walking with the dominating presence of Puy Griou, you now have the opportunity to reach the summit. After a steady climb to the ‘Col du Gliziou’, enjoy the stunning views of the Vallée du Jordanne and take time to appreciate the enchanting volcanic peaks that surround you. Return to St Jacques des Blats across the flanks of Puy Griou, looking out for the ‘Vacherie du Griou’ en route.