The atmosphere changes on the way back where small paths in the undergrowth overlook the Dordogne and lead to the viewpoints of Val Beneyte and the Grézolles (the confluence of Diège and the Dordogne).
The village of Roche-le-Peyroux
Notice to the left of the church door the carved stone bearing the inscription SIGIG, whose meaning remains unknown.
Le Massif du Sancy
Le Puy de Bort
The château d’ Anglars
The Val Beneyte power station
The village of Val Beneyte was built for the employees during the construction of the power plant. The power station is fed by a 2.6 km-long groundwater intake that starts at the Chaumettes dam and is extended by four penstocks that descend to the power station. The huge basin is an expansion basin that allows water to be stored in case of flooding. In the middle, the expansion chamber regulates the flow of water to the pipes.
The Grésolles Lookout point
This place takes its name from the legend of the saint who supposedly drove the devil away.
A pilgrimage in his honour was organised by a Way of the Cross. During the ceremony, the inhabitants of Roche were grouped together on this belvedere, those of Cantal on the edge of the plateau. The three groups sang at the same time and the echoes reverberated through the valley.
- Leave the l'Hors road on the left, go through the village of Bois de Peyroux; leave the Puy Sivadeau on your right.
- Follow the road to the right at the entrance to Rotabourg. Go through the village. 200 meters further on, at the crossroads, turn right then left to reach Les Chaumettes by a tarmac track.
- In this village, turn right, go past the well and then follow the Route des Bruyères on the left. At the crossroads go straight on. Continue straight on until you get to the D20, which you follow to the right for 100 metres.
- At the crossroads, follow the track on the left, which becomes a path through the undergrowth. At the pond, turn right, the path crosses a wood cutting area and joins a road. Follow it to the left, past the holiday camp.
- Before the gate of the château, on the left, follow a path along the ridge line high above the Dordogne. Turn right at the crossroads. Continue on the ridge to the village of Val Beynete.
- Turn left to go up to the village (out of the circuit: on the right, a short 50-metre round trip to the belvedere). After the last house, follow a grassy path on the right that continues along the ridge. Leave a path on the right to reach the Grézolles lookout.
- Continue on the road straight on to get back to the village. At the D20, turn left then right to find the starting point.
- Departure : Church, Roche le Peyroux
- Arrival : Church, Roche le Peyroux
- Towns crossed : Roche-le-Peyroux, Sainte-Marie-Lapanouze
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