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In the Livradois-Forez Regional Nature Park in the Auvergne, sustainable, natural, social and cultural development are all key values to be enjoyed and shared. In the 80 districts of this huge territory we find an open, community-minded lifestyle which attaches a high degree of importance to preserving the environment.
The Livradois-Forez is comprised of protected natural sites and woodland featuring rich and diverse flora and fauna. To be better able to appreciate and respect these natural assets, a number of carefully designed trails enable you to discover this outstanding heritage on foot, on horseback or by mountain bike during exciting trips out in the open air.
The local guides will pass on their passion for the region and the Livradois-Forez . We suggest that you take a guide with you when you visit the Hautes Chaumes du Forez (Forez high pastures), a listed site situated at an altitude of 1,300 m (4,265 ft). It is in these huge tracts of moorland and grassland that the local Fourme d’Ambert cheese has been manufactured for thousands of years in the jasseries (mountain farms).
Further on, the "glacial" valleys of the Livradois-Forez are home to an incredibly varied selection of natural heritage features. This includes hillside bogs, and ancient, virtually untouched beech and fir forests. Furthermore, grasslands at the bottom of the valley that comprise of specialised varieties of flora and fauna such as the sundew or the alpine newt found in the peat bogs.
Visit Billom, a mediaeval town famous for its garlic fair and puppet festival. Also, as you make your way between the volcanic hills and farmed grasslands stop at Ambert, a town well known for its famous circular town hall. We invite you to discover the region's ancestral skills and know-how as a family. This includes cutlery making in Thiers, paper making at the Richard-de-Bas mill, (a reminder of the days when 300 mills supplied the traditional papermakers with the water pressure necessary for paper production).