Start: Badefols-sur-Dordogne Finish: Monpazier
On your arrival you'll be welcomed to a small and charming hotel, right on the banks of the Dordogne. After checking in, you may wish to sit in the hotel's garden and enjoy the sunset over the river . This evening, it will be difficult to choose among all the delicious courses on the excellent menu.
Villages along the way: Badefols-sur-Dordogne
A lovely circular walk right from the hotel's front door. Start along the high and wooded south bank, toward the village of Calès. Then follow the varied terrain of the so-called 'Boucle de Calès', along the 'haute' and 'basse rives' of the Dordogne. Enjoy lovely vistas over the river, with its steep banks. Lie down in the grass for a picnic right on the waterfront. Back home at the hotel, there'll be time to relax in the garden or play some tennis. And in the evening, before another gorgeous dinner, as an aperitif, a glass of crisp, local Monbazillac wine.
Challenge: 16 km
Villages along the way: Badefols-sur Dordogne, Calès
Relaxing walk from Badefols-sur-Dordogne to the Medieval village of Cadouin, built around an imposing 12th century Cistercian Abbey. First stroll through the truly beautiful deciduous forests full of oaks, chestnuts, and beech trees, where absolute quiet reigns. In springtime, wild flowers abound, including several species of orchids. In autumn you'll find a palette of unlikely yellow, red and golden colours and you'll have a wide range of wild fruits to choose from (blackberries, raspberries, hazelnuts and chestnuts). Halfway through the route, you come to the 'bastide' of Molieres, just in time for a lunch stop. At the end of the day, you walk through the vast 'Forêt de Bessadois' before you reach the Bed & Breakfast in Cadioun; a restored rectory and former police station.
Challenge: 13 km
Villages along the way: Badefols-sur-Dordogne, Molieres, Le Salvetat
Today has been left free to do as much or as little as you like. You may choose to spend your time relaxing on the terrace or visit the nearby imposing 12th-Century Cistercian Abbey. Alternatively, you can enjoy a 13 kilometre walk through the nearby woodland. Tonight you will choose a place for dinner from among the fine local restaurants in the village..
Challenge: 13 km
Villages along the way: Cussac
This morning you start off with a transfer to the picturesque honey-coloured village of Montferrand-du-Périgord. Today’s route is a beautiful and varied trek along narrow trails through undulating wheat fields, woodlands full of roe deer and wild boar and past monumental farmhouses. Your day ends at the small 13th-Century ‘bastide’ of Monpazier. Built by Edward I, it was also home to Richard II for a time and is regarded as one of the most beautiful villages in France. Your accommodation for the next two nights is in a spectacular 19th-Century chateau on the edge of the village. Once again, the dinners served at this hotel are unlikely to disappoint.
Challenge: 15 km
Villages along the way: none
Your last day of walking might be the most beautiful route of the program: a splendid walking tour to Château Biron and an optional visit to this imposing Medieval castle. We can stop for lunch at the “auberge”. Along the way, you'll enjoy a true painter’s palette of quintessential Perigord landscapes. Weather permitting, an "au revior, Périgord" farewell dinner will be served in the hotel garden.
Challenge: 12,5 km or 18km
Villages along the way: Biron
After a typical French breakfast your trip comes to an end.
This tour includes 6 overnight stays, at 2 charming hotels and 1 B&B. One offers excellent views of the Dordogne, another is a renovated police station in the country and the third is an impressive manour house situated in the centre of Monpazier. The first and last hotels have swimming pools. Rooms with en-suite bathroom are guaranteed.
Lovers of antiquity will appreciate the relaxing atmosphere of the Côté Rivage. The seven extremely comfortable and tastefully decorated rooms offer for the most part, a magnificent view over the Dordogne… a spectacle of great beauty.
Small and cozy bed and breakfast located in the medieval village of Cadouin (with its abby classified as world heritage by UNESCO). Spacious and nicely priced rooms as well as other (common) areas in an over 400 years old house
Comfortable 19th century petit-chateau hotel. Set in the heart of the Dordogne, Hotel - Restaurant Edward 1er is a beautiful hotel with a stunning view over the surrounding rolling countryside.
You can start on any day of the week, subject to availability, between April and October.
GPS tracks are available on request.
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