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The April Auvergne Tour

The journey and the First Day.



On the evening of April 10th our little convoy of a Phil and Emma in their 50th anniversary V8 Defender 90, Karl and Mel in their Devon 4x4 modified Discovery, and Alec and I in Mudplug’s Defender 110 TD5 arrived at the Hostellerie St Vernay in Villeneuve d’Allier after an uneventful drive.


We checked into our rooms, freshened up,and then went down for a drink before Dinner. Alain had prepared the first of the many gourmet meals which we enjoyed during the week; regional cooking from the Auvernge; in his dining room with a large log fire burning. Villeneuve d’Allier is 480 metres (1550 feet) above sea level, so in April the evenings are quite cool.


Then after coffee and a "digestif", it was off to bed.



After breakfast on Monday morning we set off and drove about 500 metres to the start of the first lane. This lane climbed steeply up the side of the valley, before dipping quite sharply, fording a small steam, and climbing again over the rock steps into the woods. It dipped and climbed along narrow tracks before descending into the Allier valley again just before Veille Brioude.

We then drove to the supermarket in Brioude to fill the tank of Phil’s 90 (V8’s are thirsty and have small tanks). Alain’s 300 hectare trial site was the next stop, after taking some photos of the bridge at Veille Brioude. Here we explored some of the tracks, and found that the recent snow had brought down some trees, some of which we were able to cut and move, but some we would have to cut later with a chain saw.


Then it was back to the Hotel for lunch, as it was too cold for a picnic. After lunch we set off again to climb a winding track to a high point overlooking the Valley of the Allier. There is a summer picnic site here from where the fabulous views of the valley can be enjoyed. We then climbed even higher and soon found snow on the tracks which had not melted from the very heavy snows which had fallen about 3 weeks before our visit.


The photos above show some of the beautiful countryside in the hills behind Villeneuve which we travelled through that afternoon. Then we descended into the valley, and back to the Hotel for a relaxing evening and an excellent meal.

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