Motor sports

Auvergne, the Land of the Motorbike

ballade moto auvergnePut on your helmet take to the road and enjoy the beauty of the Montluçon countryside. With superb roads and bends a-plenty, you could be forgiven for thinking that the Auvergne has been designed with the motorbike in mind. And you can be sure of super sensations and fabulous views.

Scrambling on bikes, Quads or in 4 X 4s;

Choose your method - motorbike, Quad or 4 x 4 and take to the sunken paths of the Combrailles with their thrilling downhills and their stiff climbs giving superb spectacular views on arrival.

Karting: Grand prix and endurance races

For those who like their backsides close to the tarmac! Enjoy one of the longest circuits in France with significant differences in height to ensure the adrenalin flows freely.

Open-air activities


Hiking is a favourite occupation in the northern part of the Auvergne. There are some fifteen different circuits around Montluçon itself, all with the FFRP label, including one 'intra muros' for those who like to get off the beaten track. The others traverse the Bourbonnais farmlands, here crossing over the various tributaries of the Cher, there climbing the foothills in the Creuse and the Puy de Dôme.


An 18-hole golf course just 3 minutes from the town centre with all that a keen golfer could need: Warm and convivial clubhouse, proshop, a 17-booth driving range, putting green and approach area plus the advice and guidance of the resident professional, Benjamin Simard.

Water sports


The Gorges du Cher, weirs and dams, white-water rivers and streams - a complete panoply of places and techniques around Montuçon for some wonderful days fishing. In order not to miss the best places, take the advice of the local fishing guide: Martial Debureaux - Tel: +33 (0)6 25 39 20 58.


Right in the heart of Montluçon, rowing on the Cher gives you a very different view of the town that few others can enjoy, and in addition you will be able to fill your lungs to the full with the strenuous exercise.

Canoe and kayak:

Descend the Gorges du Cher, hire your craft and/or take a course of canoeing or kayaking just 3 kilometres from the centre of Montluçon using a fully authorised and ‘labelled’ Canoe Club. Tel.: +33 (0)4 70 05 58 78

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