Aumont-Aubrac is located im Lozere between Aubrac and Margeride, on the trail GR65 and the Tour of Gevaudan in Pays de Peyre. Hiking, Mountain Biking, fishing, ski, medieval history.

Aumont-Aubrac in Lozere 48 (Languedoc-Roussillon)

Aumont-Aubrac in Lozere (GR65 Route of Santiago de Compostela)

Aumont-Aubrac
Alt. 1050m

Aumont-Aubrac in Lozere (GR65 Route of Santiago de Compostela)

Aumont-Aubrac in Lozere (GR65 Route of Santiago de Compostela)Pilgrimage route of Santiago de CompostelaA stage on the pilgrimage route of Santiago de Compostela.

The Aubrac is a high wide plateau with a strong personality on the western edge of the Lozere. This basalt region, wrought from the late Tertiary era by volcanic eruptions, stretches out as far as the eye can see. Here and there on the green and grey undulating lands are set great time-worn blocks of rock like so many dolmens and menhirs. Lakes glitter and streams murmur.

Rounded mounts of pasture, grass- and moorland are a reminder of the age-old herding tradition of the Aubrac. This land is famous for its lovely cattle, tomme cheese and the aligot made from it, and for the annual transhumance in the month of May, a time of colourful festivals.

Aumont-Aubrac in Lozere (GR65 Route of Santiago de Compostela)The countryside is still flecked with old shepherd huts with shingled roofs, reminding us of the time when shepherds took refuge in tiny rooms to make and store their cheeses and shelter from the terrible west wind called the Burle.

From Nasbinals to Saint Germain du Teil, the land is dotted with unobtrusive little villages and sturdy houses of volcanic stone. Nature is predominant here on the Aubrac.

It is the domain of the walker the skier and the fisher and has all sorts of trails The pilgrimage route of Santiago de Compostela is now a national rambling route where the walker can peel off to the rest of the region.

The flora on its own is a spectacular show Some two thousand species make. it is said. the Aubrac a natural preserve of European plant species There is a fantastic blooming in springtime when the hillsides emerge from their winter sleep and cover themselves with a coat of many colours.

The Aubrac is a corner of the world where people have retained their warmth and friendliness along with their ancestral skills. The markets and fairs are places to meet the farmers and producers of all sorts and savour the taste of pure goods.

The Aubrac crossing, this plateau of 2 500 km², allows you to discover a surprisingly intact nature. You can meet the herds of the Aubrac race or the pilgrim will be surprised by the particularly rich and varied variety of flora. 1 300 species have in fact been catalogued. From the village of Aubrac, the pilgrim takes an unevenness (1307 - 808 m) until the village of Saint-Chély d'Aubrac where the cross of the Old Bridge has been classed as Human World Heritage. Situated at an altitude of 800 m, Saint-Chély d'Aubrac is crouched at the foot of the plateau of Aubrac in a green valley. If the section of the GR65 Nasbinals-Aubrac-St-Chély d'Aubrac (17 km) had been classed as Human World Heritage by UNESCO, in December 1998, for it's natural authentic setting, the bridge of the Pilgrims on the Boralde, at Saint-Chély d'Aubrac is equally classed.

Aumont-Aubrac in Lozere (GR65 Route of Santiago de Compostela)Aumont-Aubrac in Lozere (GR65 Route of Santiago de Compostela)Situated on the route of Saint-Jacques of Compostelle, the Cross of Pilgrims of Saint-Chély on the Old Bridge represents a pilgrim with his hand on his staff (stick supposed to ward off unbelievers and demons) and holding in the other, a rosary. The Roman church of St. Chély dates from the 11th-12th centuries. Reconstructed in the 15th century, following a fire about 1385 during the hundred years war, there remains one tower of the old fortifications that served as a belfry. To note; a gothic bas-relief on the left of the entrance representing around Jesus Christ, four apostles one of whom is Saint-Jacques le Majeur.After Saint-Chély begins a long descent towards the next stop of Saint-Côme-d'Olt. Walking through beech and chestnut woods, the pilgrim leaves the plains of Aubrac to rejoin the Lot valley and Saint-Côme-d'Olt.

Somewhere in the middle of nowhere, on the southern edge of the Auvergne, lies the wild, green plateau called the Aubrac-remote, pristine, timeless. It's a tiny, volcanic territory, just under a thousand square miles, but it seems to stretch to infinity under everchanging skies. The enchantment peaks in spring, when the plateau is a riot of myriad species of flowers, hundreds of which have been collected in the botanical garden in the village of Aubrac, which takes its name from the plateau. In March the landscape is covered with carpets of daffodils, in May with the inebriating narcissus that will supply the fragrance industry of Grasse in Provence.

It was the extraordinary aroma of the Aubrac pastures and the luminous quality of its sky that inspired the late Annick Goutal to become a perfumer, and create the scent called Eau du Ciel. With its shooting stars in August, blazing hues in autumn, snow-covered winters and sapphire-tinted streamlets in spring, the Aubrac is a nature lover's paradise-albeit one with some unpredictable shifts. Whether it's the thick ground fogs that may suddenly rise and veil the hills, or the treacherous bogs concealed beneath the daffodils, the Aubrac is a playground for the elements. Whether you hike, ski or snowshoe, it's best to avoid exploring its wilder areas unaccompanied.

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