Day 1: Beaulieu
Arrive Beaulieu, for two nights.
Day 2: Beaulieu
Explore ancient streets lined with 14th and 15th-century houses and the famed Romanesque church of historic Beaulieu, one of the most attractive medieval towns on the Dordogne. Short walk upstream through meadows, copses and rolling hills scattered with stone farmhouses.
Day 3: Beaulieu to Port de Gagnac
Cross the Dordogne River and walk an often shady, path that links tiny rural hamlets, across traditional farmland, through woodland and forest to reach the village of Port de Gagnac and the Auberge du Vieux Port.
Day 4: Port de Gagnac to Loubressac
A highlight today is one of France’s most spectacular medieval fortifications, the magnificent Château de Castelnau, on a promontory overlooking four valleys and three rivers. Your destination is Loubressac, a tiny, fortified village perched high on the hillside, with a 15thC manor house and views back towards the Château.
Day 5: Gouffre de Padriac OR Circular walk via Autoire
There are 2 options today. Cross a wild and uninhabited landscape to visit the vast caverns of the Gouffre de Padirac cave systems which extend for some 20 km, with some caverns 100 metres high. Alternatively, descend by a dramatic route through a canyon to the picturesque village of Autoire.
Day 6: Loubressac to La Vaysse or Martel
Transfer to the pretty village of Carennac, with its turreted manor houses that cluster round the ruined priory. Continue through charming remote countryside, along footpaths lined by dry stone walls.
Day 7: La Vaysse
Day free to relax by the swimming pool or enjoy a circuit northwards to pretty Martel, known as ‘the town of seven towers’. There is also the possibility to hire canoes for a leisurely day paddling down the river.
Walking holiday arrangements end after breakfast.
Easy to moderate.
Breakfast and dinner daily, 3 picnic lunches
Please note that pricing is per person in UK Pounds.
8 April - 25 May: Double / Twin Share £965; Single Supplement £225
26 May - 26 June, 1 - 30 September: Double / Twin Share £999; Single Supplement £225
27 June - 31 August: Double / Twin Share £1025; Single Supplement £225
1 - 15 October: Double / Twin Share £995; Single Supplement £225
2018: Any day 8 April - 15 October (min two people).
This gentle walk starts in Beaulieu, whose origins date back to the 9th century.
It explores the area south of the town, which is dotted with idyllic villages of turreted mansions and half-timbered houses with brown-tiled roofs, among them Autoire, Loubressac and Carennac, all of which you can explore. Walks are leisurely, with plenty of time for lazy picnics.