La Banne d'Ordanche

A hiking trail in the Auvergne summer pastures, on a summit overlooking the spa resort of La Bourboule.

Technical sheet
A Orcival walk posted on 15/10/12 by bernardino. Update : 12/12/18
Calculated time Calculated time: 4h35[?]
Distance Distance : 8.06mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 1161ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 1152ft
Highest point Highest point : 4797ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 4098ft
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Areas Areas : Massif central, Monts Dore
Location Location : Orcival (63210)
Starting point Starting point : N 45.621477° / E 2.81999°
Map IGN Map (Click to buy) : Ref. 2433SB
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Description

Go to the Lac de Guery and park in the large car park at the end of the lake(D) This is where this walking tour in Auvergne starts.

Take the GR30 path (red and white waymarks). N.B. Contrary to what is stated on the IGN map, this GR path goes along the right bank of the lake in order to avoid the road.

Stay on the waymarked hiking trail which, after taking you on a path due south to the end of the lake, goes towards the west. You'll reach the summit of Puy Gros (1) Go downhill to the hamlet called Tenon. Here you leave the hiking trail (2)to take a smaller hiking trail (yellow waymarks), going through pastures and leading to a large track at the Col de St-Laurent (3) Take a left to reach the summit of La Banne d'Ordnacge (4) going up the wooden stairway.

Return to the crossroad mentioned before and continue on the track, due East and then due North-East. Go through the farm of Puy Mary ruins (5)before regaining the heritage trail (Sentier Découverte) (6) which takes you back to the car park.

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. mi 0 - Col de Guéry
1 : mi 0.18 - alt. mi 0.18 - Lac de Guéry
2 : mi 3.23 - alt. mi 3.23 - Puy Gros
3 : mi 4.08 - alt. mi 4.08 - Le Tenon
4 : mi 4.77 - alt. mi 4.77 - Col de Saint Laurent
5 : mi 5.15 - alt. mi 5.15 - Banne d'Ordanche
6 : mi 6.24 - alt. mi 6.24 - Ferme de Puy May
D/A : mi 8.06 - alt. mi 8.06

Useful Information

No water source on this walk.

We advise taking IGN maps with you on this walk. Click here to buy : 2433SB.

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

During the walk or to do/see around

The summer pastures allow you to catch a glimpse of cows grazing peacefully during this hike. Chalets are no longer occupied, the shepherds now live in camping vans. Further down on La Banne, gentian grows freely, which is used for making drinks such as Suze, local colour known as Avèze (drink in moderation).

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