Via Fluvia from Lavoûte-sur-Loire to Yssingeaux
Start on the Via Fluvia in the heart of the village of Lavoûte-sur-Loire, riding off along a portion of the way that alternates between quiet roads and greenways, the surface sometimes rough. Between Lavoûte-sur-Loire and Beaulieu, the way can be narrow. The route continues through the village of Rosières (with little traffic). You’ll cross several remarkable engineering works in the heart of the countryside, affording panoramic views of the Emblavez cereal lands. Between Lavoûte-sur-Loire and Rosières, there are few signposts in place. Note that there is a 3km stretch around a quarry at Saint-Julien-du-Pinet which is used by lorries during the week.
SNCF train stations
Lavoûte-sur-Loire : Regional TER line Le Puy-en-Velay <> Saint-Etienne
Regional TER connection Le Puy-en-Velay <> Clermont-Ferrand and Le Puy-en-Velay <> Saint-Etienne
- Lavoûte sur Loire: Château Lavoûte Polignac dominating the Loire. Still the property of the same family that has owned it for centuries (the present incumbent being Armand de Polignac), inside the château, discover family heirlooms and enjoy the fantastic setting; also see the 12th-century Romanesque church.
- Rosières / Ravins de Corboeuf: canyon made up of multicoloured friable clays
- Moulin de Blanhlac: in the heart of the Emblavez (cereal-growing territory), the village of Blanlhac was once home to 17 mills
- St Julien du Pinet - Chapelle de Glavenas: located on a rocky outcrop at 979m in altitude, this chapel dominates the Suissesse Valley
- Moulin du Pinard: a 19th-century farm mill, plus old steam engine and explanations on the former rustic railway line in these parts, La Galoche