The Haut-Lignon is a vast plateau between Haute-Loire and Ardèche. It offers views on the mountainous massifs of Pilat, Alps, Ventoux and Gerbier-de-Jonc – Mézenc. Some walks in the gorges of Lignon or near the flood barrier of Lavalette will delight families and harden walkers.
This guidebook includes 19 walks on the plateau of the Haut Lignon. Their lengths vary between 45 minutes to 5 hours. They are certified Respirando (local label which guarantees to make pass the walks on public paths, with as less of tarmac as possible, with a follow up and maintenance of the markings…) and marked in yellow by the local council communities.
Mind the winter conditions that can make the rambles particularly difficult, nay impassable on the plateau of Haut-Lignon.
Climb to the summit of the Pic du Lizieux (1388 m) will offer you a 360-degree view on the sucs* of Haute-Loire, the massif of Mézenc – Gerbier-de-Jonc and even towards the Alps… Walks on high plateaus, in vast areas, which are accessible by most of the people, children, etc. Other tracks will make you discover the gorges of Lignon or the artificial lake of Lavalette, and appreciate the quietness of a stroll at the waterside.
The high plateau of the Lignon offers a rich nature, a remarkable fauna and flora. Many activities in the countryside are proposed by the Tourist Office: water sport, bathing, fishing, VTT (mountain bike), etc.
The village of Chambon-sur-Lignon and the surrounding towns are fulled by history thanks to the commitment of their inhabitants during the World War II. Hotspot for the French Resistance, many refugees have been welcomed in this region. Your strolls in the Haut-Lignon can be the opportunity to visit the permanent exhibition of the Chambon-sur-Lignon dedicate to the story of the Justes (The “Justes” is the term used to talk about the people who worked for the rescue of Jewish people on the French territory during WWII.)
*Note: a “Suc” is a specific volcanic hill of Massif Central, an area of France.
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