Greenlaning in Auvergne

We spent a three nights in the Auvergne region of France, in a lovely B&B, on 8th, 9th and 10th September. We had hoped to be able to drive some of the green lanes on both 9th and 10th September, but heavy overnight rain washed out the 9th. Instead, we visited the nearby ruins of a chateau and then drove into the town of Clermont-Ferrand.

Ruins of the Chatueu Rocher
Ruins of the Chatueu Rocher
Chateau Rocher
Chateau Rocher
Chateau Rocher
Chateau Rocher

We drove along some narrow country lanes where we picked some wild heather and some blackberries from the brambles that grow wild along the hedgerows. We also had two sightings of pheasants in the fields. Very nice to be out in the countryside!

Wild lavender
Wild heather
Blackberries growing in the hedgerows
Blackberries growing in the hedgerows
Cathedral in Clermont-Ferrand, made of black volcanic stone
Cathedral in Clermont-Ferrand, made of black volcanic stone
Stained glass window in the cathedral
Stained glass window in the cathedral
More stained glass
More stained glass

For my 55th birthday (10th September), we got to drive some green lanes with Arjan of http://www.thegreenlanecomany.com. What a wonderful way to spend a birthday!

Arjan leads the way along a greenlane
Arjan leads the way along a greenlane
Still following Aran through the lanes
Still following Aran through the lanes
Driving the lanes
Driving the lanes
Arjan points out a water crossing before we give it a try
Arjan points out a water crossing before we give it a try
Arjan leads the way
Arjan leads the way
Arjan gives instructions after I failed to clear the brow of the slippery hill, exiting the water crossing
Arjan gives instructions after I failed to clear the brow of the slippery hill, exiting the water crossing
Part of a 2,000 year old Roman road that we drove along
Part of a 2,000 year old Roman road that we drove along
With Arjan at the conclusion of a very enjoyable day.
With Arjan at the conclusion of a very enjoyable day.

 

 

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