Walking & Cycling in the Dordogne, France - Bed and Breakfast and Gites
Le Four a Sel is the perfect place to base yourself for walking and exploring the Dordogne, truly a walker's paradise with its varied landscape that is rolling and lush, 6000 km of signposted
tracks and a scenery to captivate at all times of the year. With a choice of self catering accommodation in our holiday homes or bed and breakfast option, you have the freedom to do as little or as much as you want at your own pace .
Walking holidays can be a combination of gentle walks through its beautiful pastoral countryside, sampling the region’s gastronomic delights, or discovering bygone times and history in any of the numerous chateaux and prehistoric sites. Then at the end of a day's walk, you can soak up the sun lounging by the pool , read a book under the cherry tree or just take in the magnificent view of the cornfields from your bedroom window.
Whether you wish to have an independent or a personally guided walking holiday, we can help you. Click
see more photos of the scenery. We can provide sample itineraries for walking. Please enquire for details.
The Dordogne and Vézère valleys provide pleasant,
relaxed cycling with long views of rolling hills, castles looming at the
top of cliffs like the Chateau de Beynac, and fortified towns perched
on hilltops called "bastides" such as Domme.
be on back roads, minor highways as well as on the completely car-free ‘Piste
Cyclable’, a disused railway line that has been converted into
a smooth tarmacadam cycle way. The route runs through shaded wooded areas
making this activity quite pleasant even in the summer. It starts from Sarlat
up to the Dordogne river with off-shoots at the end. Once over the river,
the Piste Cyclable gives way to country lanes that continue on to the
village of Grolejac, ideal for a picnic. Click
here to see more photos of the scenery in this region.
We have a covered area(barn and hangar) for safe storage of bikes(if you bring your own). If you prefer to rent, there is a shop, just a 10 minute walk from us,which rents bikes. We also have links with bike rental companies who can deliver bikes to our location for you to rent .
We can provide sample walking/cycling itineraries.
Cycling and Walking in the Dordogne, France - Gites and Bed and Breakfast accommodation in France.
Cycling Paths - Dordogne-Périgord has 4,600 kms of marked
Montignac tourist office sells a comprehensive cycling and walking
map with 31 circuits. There is also another circuit which focuses on
Spring, (May, June) and Autumn (September, October) are ideal periods for walking and cycling with pleasant temperatures of 21-26 degrees. At this time, the countryside is more lush and the scenery even more beautiful, since the daylight is slightly less harsh than in the summer.
France has a very large network of secondary and tertiary roads
for cycling, which can be found on Michelin 1:200,000 maps
NCF offers a train + bike ticket. Your bike goes free or at a small
charge depending on the train (TGV, Corail or TER), and is either dismantled
or travels as it is.
Bikes can be hired locally on a half day (cost 7 eur), full day or
weekly basis at a shop near us (10 minutes walk)
Walking Routes - there are footpaths marked accordingly: red and white for
the “GR” routes
(long-distance footpaths), yellow for the local routes, and blue for the “PR” routes