Canoeing on the AllierCanoeing on the Allier between Vichy and Billy.
©Canoeing on the Allier between Vichy and Billy.|Cindy Michaud
Water from the Allier

Canoeing and mountain biking

On foot, by bike or by canoe: the Allier is yours! By following the greenway and the banks, or by taking the river itself, at the time of multimodal what better way to discover one of the last great wild rivers of Europe.

See in the river

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A river is like stairs: always easier to go down than up! 

This is actually why mixed canoeing and mountain biking activities are so complementary. Downstream, it’s the upper body that works. And upstream? Hop hop hop, we work the lower body !


Vichy to Saint-Yorre

From the Célestins beach, ride your bike up the via Allier to Saint-Yorre for about ten kilometers, then board a canoë to return down to your starting point. Count on about 1h30 for this section of the descent.

On your way you will enjoy a unique view of the Saint-Amand coast, you can approach the Talon drink or go along the Croix-Saint-Martin peninsula.


Vichy to Billy

Embark on the base of Vichy Aventure at the foot of the dam-bridge and sail the canoe! 13 kilometers and 2 hours later… you disembark in Billy. Time to breathe a little, immortalize your feat with the famous Billy Fortress in the background and you hop on the mountain bikes to start the return to your starting point.

The Allier

One of the last great wild rivers of Europe

Why wild? Because between Vichy and Moulins, the crazy Allier wanders in the alluvial plain. It changes its course, abandons its bed, tortures its meanders, nibbles its banks and creates boires until dead arms fall into it. It also duplicates a little with the underground alter ego that constitutes its alluvial table. It rolls its pebbles in the plain, deposits here alluvial deposits torn off there and welcomes in its wake an astonishing biodiversity nourished and housed.

Under its mood swings, the water flow also varies: from 20 m3 per second at low water, it can rise in flood, up to 5,000 m3 per second in Moulins in 1790 (estimate).