La Forie, the smallest town

La Forie’s town is the smallest town of Ambert. La Forie is located at 4 km from Ambert. It is at 550 meters altitude. The side is cut along its length by the narrow valley of Batifol, gushing stream which rises at the foot of the Cross of Fossat. The presence of stream reaches and numerous diversions old local industris gives the town a very special picture where water is present.

This small town of La Forie, the smallest of the district, established along the creek Batifol awes its history to the water. It was recently establsihed by an Act of 5 August 1874, at the expense of its neihbors : Job, Ambert and Valcivières. Its creation was motivated by the importance of its industrial activity. Its name is from « factory » in Occitan.

With the rise of stationery of Livradois in 15th century, many mills found along the Batifol hydrauly energy required to operate th epaddle wheels, which actionned mallets used to prepare the dough for the famous rag paper, specialty of Ambert.

Leisure activities :

  • bowls paths, located on the Burg
  • party room

Hike paths :

  • Toinou’s paths : Ambert-La Chardie 9 km
  • Le Ruisseau des Escures : Saint-Férréol des Côtes- Champétières 15 km
  • Chemin des Croix : You can find mountain bike guide on-sale at the Tourist Office of Ambert.

Mairie de La Forie Le Bourg - 63600 LA FORIE Tél : 04 73 82 03 18