With it’s air of the Asian steppe, the Aubrac Plateau is a perfect destination for a cycling getaway. With the Tour des Monts d’Aubrac hiking route as a rough guide, Pascal, Géraldine, Eliott and Polo put together a route along the quiet lanes and wild tracks of this high country. They met more cows than locals en route…
At over 1000 metres above sea level, the Aubrac Plateau is a vast pastoral region, home to numerous herds of cattle. At the end of summer, the tan coloured cows blend in perfectly with the onset of autumn colours.
Dropping into the lower lying valleys that border the plateau, the vegetation becomes more abundant, including beech forests. Numerous streams begin life on the Aubrac, before descending the deep valleys (known locally as "boraldes"), and on to the Lot River.
A coffee stop in the heart of a sleepy, traditional village. Born in the village, the owner took over the family business. She shares her thoughts on the changing times: once lively and animated, the local villages have become mere dormitories. The family business will close when she passes on.
"Burons", long stone houses, are dotted around the plateau. They were traditionally used as pasture houses where cheese was made throughout the summer months. A semi-underground section was used for cheese conservation and maturing.
A cultural voyage in the heart of the Aubrac. A photo by the celebrated photographer Hans Silvester is exhibited in nature. Each autumn the Phot' Aubrac festival celebrates nature photography in all its forms.
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