Nothing to do with the dune of the same name.
Our Pilat is 700 kilometres of medium-altitude mountain and forest, a radical change of scenery just 10 minutes from Saint-Étienne city centre. The highest peak in the Pilat Regional Natural Park is 1,400 metres high. Nothing too dizzying, so there’s no excuse for getting out of some sport. Whether by bike, on snow shoes or on Shanks’ pony, take a leaf out of Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s book and enjoy a ramble among the old stones of the medieval castle of Rochetaillée. At the Gouffre d’Enfer (the Abyss of Hell), one of the many dams in the area, you can join the people of Saint-Étienne on their favourite walk. But don’t worry, there’s nothing hellish about it, on the contrary it’s a real paradise for Sunday outings!

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  • Le Pilat. Wide open spaces just beyond the city limits.
    42100 Rochetaillée