The Dordogne region in southwest France offers the walker a beautiful environment in which to walk, surrounded by delightful pastoral countryside, sweeping fields of crops and walnut orchards plus dramatic vistas from cliff tops. The 30 routes, split between the regions of Sarlat and Bergerac, move through this countryside, taking you along valley bottoms and into woodlands and leave plenty of time for exploring the historic sites or just sitting in the delightful surroundings of a village cafe. Illustrated with the author's own colour photographs and sketch maps, this is a comprehensive guide to exploring the region on foot.
Contents Preface Introduction The Dordogne Region and River The Perigord Noir (walks 1-16) The Perigord Poupre (walks 17-31) A Short History of the Dordogne Using the Guide Travelling to the Dordogne When to go Accommodation Clothing and Equipment Regional Specialities Vegetation, Flowers and Wildlife The Sarlat and Souillac Regions (Perigord Noir) 1 Walk around Montignac and les Caves de Lascaux 2 Le Chemin des Combes: a walk around St Genies 3St Crepin and Carlucet: a stroll in the Perigord Noir countryside 4 Round the Gardens of Eyrignac 5 Les Eyzies on the Vezere River 6 Les Gorges de la Vezere 7 Around the Chateau of Les Milandes 8 Le Chemin de Cazenac: walk around Beynac 9Walk around the village of Roque Gageac 10 La Bastide de Domme 11 Les Hauts de Veyrignac 12 Roc de Monges near St-Sozy 13 Circle round Mont Mercou near Martel 14 Walk around the Gouffre de Padirac 15 Walk around the Mills of the Alzou Gorge: Rocamadour 16 Circuit de Notre-Dame-des-Neiges The Bergerac Region (Perigord Poupre) 17 Around the Tremolat Horseshoe (Cingle) 18 Around the Cliffs of Mauzac 19 A Walk around Lalinde 20 Couze to the Chateau de Lanquais 21Around Monpazier to the Chateau de Biron 22 Around the Fortified Village of Beaumont 23 Around the Medieval Village of Issigeac 24 Conne-de-Lombarde 25 Le Circuit de St-Aubin 26 Through the Vineyards of Montbazillac 27 Around the Villages of Flaugeac and Singleyrac 28 Round the Lac de L'Escourou 29 Around Monestier 30 St-Georges-de-Monclard 31 St-Felix-de-Villadeix Appendix A: Maps Appendix B: Tourist Offices and Syndicats d'Initiative Appendix C: Market Days Appendix D: Glossary of Local and Useful Words
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Janette Norton has lived in the Geneva region of France for over 30 years, raising four children and working in the marketing and educational fields. Her love of walking and exploring the mountains dates from the time she was a guide in Switzerland in her twenties. The proximity of both the Alps and Jura to her home has enabled her to continue her passion for walking. After writing her first book, on the Haute Savoie, she has moved further afield to explore other areas of France, such as Provence, the Cevennes and the Dordogne.