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Take a breath of fresh airIn the heart of the Gorges du Cher

The gorges du Cher

Come and rejuvenate yourself and get drunk in an environment where nature is king.

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A diverse fauna and flora

A natural area included in the Natura 2,000 network, the gorges du Cher offer a spectacular setting and are home to unique fauna and flora: reptiles, birds of prey, butterflies, as well as rare protected species such as the yellow-bellied toad.

Breathtaking landscapes

Nature and discovery

A paradise for sportsmen and walkers

Two footbridges have been built to allow you to cross the Cher between Lignerolles and St-Genest, a third one, recently installed, offers the possibility of hiking even more. Remarkable landscapes to be savored without moderation in St-Genest or in Sainte-Thérence.

The castle of the Bear, at the confluence of the stream of the Bear and the Cher, reveals its ruins of the XIIth century on a rocky bar covered with boxwood moors, characteristic and identity environment of the Combraille. The Cher Gorges are a real playground for thrill seekers:

Accrobranche course and giant zip linefor the whole family in Marcillat-en-Combraille, near the Lavaud motorsports plateau (04 70 51 68 64)

Canoe-kayak from Teillet-Argenty or Lignerolles (04 70 05 58 78)

Water skiing at Rochebut Dam(06 09 28 86 66 or 06 11 65 32 91),

Via Ferrata and rock climbing (06 98 00 72 05)


They speak about it

better than us!


Nice ridePretty ride in the Cher Valley, paths winding through beautiful forests, not many people, and easy to access.

Brigitte - Cergy

A quiet valleyIf you like to hike in a quiet, sporty valley without too much difficulty, I recommend going to the Lignerolles footbridge (Via Ferrata).

Robert - Montluçon

sites greatIf you’re in the area, this site, which is a little off the beaten path, is worth a visit.

Keith - Fontanières


GTR Performance, a family mechanical leisure complex in Marcillat-en-Combraille, has been enriched in 2020 with an accrobranche park and a giant zip line for all ages. In the trees or in the air, come and take the height to fully appreciate the beauty of the landscapes of the Cher Valley…!

  • Yellow course (without harness) + fun course nets: 5€
  • Yellow course + net + green + blue: 12€
  • Blue course + red + giant zip line: 20€

Address: Lavaud 03420 Marcillat-en-Combraille
Telephone : 04 70 51 68 64
E-mail : info@gtr-performance.fr
Website : http://gtr-performance.fr/

In the heart of the Cher gorges:

If you want to try the pleasures of this outdoor sport, the club offers a free introductory session for those who would be interested in this activity. Do not hesitate to come to a Wednesday or Saturday session.

Address : 9 Impasse des Girauds03100Lavault Sainte Anne
Contact name : Mr. Dominique Moreno
Telephone: 04 70 29 72 22
E-mail: ckvml@orange.fr
Website: Canoe-Kayak Vallée de Montluçon

The motonautical club, based on a stretch of water located on the Cher 20 km upstream from Montluçon, welcomes you for initiation or improvement of water skiing.

The objective is to allow its members but also external people, to practice the different disciplines (bi-ski, mono-ski, slalom, figures, wake-board) in leisure or in view of competition. The facilities include an approved slalom, a clubhouse, a concrete launching ramp.

The CMR has a club-boat equipped with a bar for initiation to the different disciplines with loan of equipment (skis, wakes, vests).


from early to late October
Adultstarting at €23
Childrenstarting at €10
Adult group
from 6 to 12 people
starting at €20

Payment methods

Check, Cash.


37 La Ronceraie
03420 Mazirat

Phone: 06 11 65 32 91
Mel: claudanne07@orange.fr (President)
Website (URL): Rochebut Motorboating