"An unknown volcano in the south of Auvergne" Auvergne Things to Do Tip by kokoryko

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  Mont Bard seen when arriving from south
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  • Mont Bard seen when arriving from south - Auvergne
      Mont Bard seen when arriving from south
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  • Seen from the village of Allegre - Auvergne
      Seen from the village of Allegre
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  • The track up the cinder cone - Auvergne
      The track up the cinder cone
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  • The peat bog - Auvergne
      The peat bog
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  • Some reflections in the peat bog - Auvergne
      Some reflections in the peat bog
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Mont Bard: an unknown volcano in the south of Auvergne.
If you happen to drive between Clermont Ferrand and Le Puy en Velay, you will pass through the village of St Paulien, and from there it is easy to reach the village of Allègre where the Mt Bard is located nearby.
It is not a very spectacular one, but it still has its original shape (Strombolian type, cinder cone and lava flows), despite being 800000 years old. (Picture 1) ; if you go up to the ruins of the castle of Allegre you may have a good overview of the cinder cone of Mont Bard (Picture2).
Indicating signs bring the visitor to the track head leading up to the crater, the track is very easy to lead you up (Picture3) to the fringe of the crater. The crater is a flat area in the centre of the volcano now occupied by a peat bog (Picture4); the water lake which occupied the place has been filled with sediments with the time, it has later been emtied by the farmers of the vicinity and now, the grass and other plants are sedimenting, and transforming into peat. Some remaining black water holes allow to make strange reflections pictures of the little trees dying in the peat hole (Picture5).
The walk itself going up, and around twice (the outer trail, on top of the crater fringe, and the lower trail, following the flat area (peat bog)), and coming back down, takes less than two hours, at slow pace.

In summer there are organised tours with a guide from the area (5 Euro per person) but there is no restriction to go on your own.
Information at the city hall: Tél. 04 71 00 72 52.

Directions: On the road from Clermont to Le Puy, 30 km north of Le Puy is St Paulien, turn North west; 10 km; there are road signs
Phone: 04 71 00 72 52

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  • Updated Apr 4, 2011
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