SUMMARY Length of cycle ride : 14 km/1 .15 hours cycle or 3 hours walking, Terrain: Easy tracks and short steep road inclines Parking: BRILLAC, next to Church or opposite Marie or the holiday village. Dogs: May require lead for 0.5 km of quiet country lanes Refreshments: Close to start point cafe/convenience store, 11 Place des Anciens Fossés,
IN THE DIRECTION OF LA TOUILLE Start with your back to the Marie, turn right for a few metres on the D29 and turn sharp left down the little lane that dips below the D29, Rue de la Fuie. Again, after only a few metres turn right down the Chemin du Pierraille. After 500m the track bends to the right. Carry on until you meet a T junction in the track and turn left. You will see a barn to your right with a pond. Follow the track for 750 M, it bends to the right and reaches La Salle. (As this route is a little different from the version mapped by Balades dans le Confolentais please do not follow the track markers at the side of the road. Ignore the xx sign on the concrete post). Turn left onto the lane. After 500m it crosses the river, L’Issoire, ascends then bends to the right before reaching La Toulle.
TO LA VAUZELLE At the small cluster of buildings of La Toulle turn left and immediately follow the road as it bends right and then left. At the T junction for La Moulin de L’Heraudie turn right. When you come to the left hand bend go straight ahead down a track. You will come to the D29 cross over the road and follow the track. After 1 km, just before the track bends to the left, you will see a footpath to your left, marked Les Deux Vallees. This takes you to La Vauzelle, a small hamlet.
RETURN VIA LE FOURGNOUX In the hamlet at the T junction turn right and then immediately left. Follow the road for 20 m and then take the track to the right. Cross the stream over the bridge. Carry on this trail for 750 m. At the T-junction in the trail turn right. After 500 m you will come to a crossroad, turn left. You will see a trail marker at this junction.
In 200 m the main trail turns to the right. (Do not go straight ahead, this is a dead-end). After 750 m there is a T junction, turn left. This soon leads to the the hamlet of Le Fournoux. At the junction, stay on the main lane that turns right. You will see a line of fir trees on your left. In 200 m you will reach the D326, turn right. In 500 m turn left down the lane. It heads for Moulin des Dames.
MOULIN DES DAMES TO BRILLAC Cross the river Issoire using the ford-bridge. Just after the bridge, the lane turns right, instead of following the lane take the track on your left, running parallel with the river. This is a lovely section of the route that follows the river for nearly 2km. You will eventually pass by a restored mill building and by following the main trail for a few 100 metres will reach the D29. Turn right and immediately left to reach the Villages de Vacances. If returning to the village you can follow the road or use the track that runs behind the holiday village. There is a small green gate offering access to the track in the south-west corner of the site.