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Walking in the DordogneMany circular routes for walking near and around us

Walking in the Dordogne
Cycling through the Dordogne , enjoy this view
Cycling in France
Beautiful Chateau de Castlenaud in the Autumn

Walking & Cycling Holidays in the Dordogne France

A Choice of Bed and Breakfast and Self Catering Gites

The Dordogne is a walker's paradise with its rolling and lush landscape , 6000 km of signposted tracks and a scenery to captivate at all times of the year and Le Four a Sel is the perfect place to base yourself for walking . With a choice of self catering accommodation or bed and breakfast , 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 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.

We can provide sample walking itineraries for you to be able to have an independent self guided walking holiday. 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 and fortified  towns perched on hilltops called "bastides".

Cycling can 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.

We have a covered area(barn and hangar) for safe storage of bikes(if you bring your own). If you prefer to rent, we have links with bike rental companies who can deliver bikes to our location and will collect them at the end of your rental.

We can provide sample walking/cycling itineraries.


Cycling and Walking in the Dordogne, France - Gites and Bed and Breakfast accommodation in France.

  • Soak in the atmosphere of the TOUR DE FRANCE as it Passes Montignac on the 11th July,2017
  • Cycling Paths - Dordogne-Périgord has 4,600 kms of marked cycle paths
  • Montignac tourist office sells a comprehensive cycling and walking map with 31 circuits. There is also another circuit which focuses on prehistoric sites.

  • 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.

  • 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 (walks)
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