Introducing Col de Guéry
South of Orcival, the D27 snakes past the dramatic volcanic crags Roche Tuilière (1288m) and Roche Sanadoire (1286m) up to the lofty pass of Col de Guéry, which offers fantastic mountain views on every side. In winter, cross-country skiing is organised by the Foyer Ski de Fond Guéry-Orcival.
Beyond the pass is chilly Lac de Guéry – the highest lake in the Massif Central at 1250m and filled with trout and perch. It's a sweet spot for fishing – even in winter! This is the only lake in France that permits pêche blanche (ice-fishing); the season kicks off with a big festival the first weekend of March. To buy your fishing licence (per three days €23 in March, per day €6 April to mid-November), visit the cosy inn Auberge du Lac de Guéry. In an unbeatable position right on the lakeshore, the inn serves up fresh fish straight from the lake at its fine country restaurant.