our Inclusive Walking Holiday Package we have specially selected 9
walks for you to enjoy. For those staying longer than a week there
are many other walks to experience. For each of our selected walks
we have prepared clear written instructions together with a detailed
map so that you can fully enjoy your day without worrying about finding
in this part of France is made easy by an excellent system of waymarkers
at regular intervals. There are no stiles to tackle, no fences to
clamber over and no ploughed fields to cross. In fact for the majority
of the year there is little or no mud as the area is very free draining.
Even when a route takes you along one of the small country roads
you will find very little traffic to disturb you.
walk is suitable for anyone with a reasonable standard of fitness.
There are ascents and descents but usually they are well worth the
effort and we suggest that by taking your time you will appreciate
more the wonderful scenery.
selected walks vary in time, distance and the landscapes you will
experience. Each walk has its own special reason to be included whether
for the spectacular countryside, the wonderful views, the lovely
villages or even a combination of all of these. There is no fixed
itinerary, you can decide which walks you would like to do - we are
very happy to help you with our local knowledge.
Timings are for
guidance based on an average pace and do not include stops. We can
provide suggestions to combine the shorter walks with visits to other
local attractions. A car is essential for this itinerary.
The walks are
suitable for single people.
refer to our Prices page for
costs of the 7 night package
1 – Frayssinhes Circular (15km)
A good introduction to the surrounding countryside known as the “Jardin
du Ségala” – the word “ségala” is
derived from seigle or rye, the main crop grown here for many centuries.
Taking about 3.5 hours the walk rises from the hillside meadows through
oak and beech woods to a height of about 500m with spectacular views
in all directions.
then continues with more far-reaching views, passing several small
hamlets, before descending down through delightful mixed woodland
to a charming river valley and return to Frayssinhes. The area is
renowned for its wildlfowers and you may even spot the red squirrels
and pine marten that populate the woods.
Walk 2 – Medieval
Villages & the Causse (15km)
This circular walk is about 30 minutes from the house by car and is a
complete change from Walk 1, taking in two of the picture-postcard villages
designated as "Les Plus Beaux Villages de France" and the dry
rocky Causse. Another 15km walk but slightly more challenging at about
four and a half hours plus time to look around the villages. Starting
at the very picturesque Loubressac the walk takes you to the edge of
the fabulous limestone cliffs above Autoire before descending down into
the village. An optional small detour takes you to the foot of the famous
cascades. A short but steep ascent up the cliffs offers dramatic views
and reveals a host of unusual wildlflowers and an opportunity to watch
birds of prey circling above the valley. Your route then takes you along
the edge of the Causses
Regional Park with its amazing variety of flowers, butterflies and
birds. You pass by the very popular Caves at Padirac (a 2 hour visit
can be included although we recommend a separate day's visit) before
returning across the high Causse to Loubressac.
3 – Carennac & Mézels (8.5km)
A shorter walk to allow you time to explore the lovely village of Carennac
said to be one of the most popular places people would like to live -
close to the river Dordogne and containing an abbey started in the 11th
century. Partly following an ancient Roman Way the walk takes about 2.5
hours and offers views high over the river Dordogne and across the valley.
4 – Hills & Valleys (21km)
Our longest walk and in our view, definitely an all day walk taking over
six hours to complete comfortably. Starting 10 minutes drive from the
house this walk takes you along a beautiful river valley with steep hills
rising either side before climbing to the village of Terrou. You pass
by groves of walnut trees with the wonderful aroma of wild mint and thyme
that grows alongside the road. Although close to a number of villages
this walk gives the impression of wilderness and having the countryside
to yourself - definitely a landscape to make you feel refreshed and alive.
Once you reach the end of the valley you climb to the tops of the hills
above the valley and return along a number of ridges with 360 degree
views. Another walk where the wildlife is a highlight.
5 – Notre Dame de Verdale (6km)
The shortest walk and probably the easiest, a simple but delightful descent
from our house down through woods to the river valley where the water
tumbles over moss-covered rocks. Visit the remote chapel of the Notre
Dame de Verdale before strolling along the river to the local village
of Latouille. The walk takes
about 2 hours unless you find yourself just relaxing by the river with
your feet dangling in the water. We will arrange with you to leave your
car at the finish in Latouille.
6 – Chateau de Castelnau(7km)
Starting just the other side of St. Céré, this walk takes
you down through woods to then walk alongside the small river Bave. As
this area is quite fertile you will find a number of walnut groves and
fruit trees which attract a good variety of birds and butterflies. You
then climb gradually up to the impressive Chateau, a landmark that can
be seen for miles and offering wonderful views itself. The Chateau which
was begun in the 12th century and subsequently renovated by an opera
singer is open to the public (check times) although a stroll around the
jumble of houses is equally rewarding. The walk returns to the starting
point along a ridge with walnut, fig and even nectarines
7 – Beaches, Bridges and Mountain Views - Lac St Etienne
A very different walk to any of the others and we hope a bit of fun for
you. Located just over the border in the Cantal department this walk
takes you around the lake and across the wonderful new suspension bridge
plus superb views of the mountains.The
lake is a playground for the locals with swimming, boating and fishing,
it's the nearest we have to "being by the sea". So take your swimming
costumes and enjoy a dip from one of the many beaches.
8 – “Are we there yet?” – Beaulieu
sur Dordogne (12km)
We just couldn’t miss out a walk from the very picturesque town
of Beaulieu sur Dordogne. The name we have given it is really our warped
sense of humour and comes from the fact that there is a steady climb
from near the start that fools you several times into thinking you are
at the top! But do not be put off, Beaulieu is lovely, the climb isn’t
too bad and you are rewarded with the most fabulous views
back down onto the river. Throw in a wonderful Chateau and
some delightful countryside
and local houses and this is definitely not one to miss.
The town is just inside the Correze and about 40 minutes
drive from the house.
9 - Above and Around
One of the best medieval towns in this part of France, Figeac is rich
in history and deserves a visit whether you do the walk or not. The walk
is not too strenuous so can be combined with a stroll around the town
and on Saturdays, a visit to the wonderful market. From a lovely park
on the outskirts of the town the walk climbs at an easy pace with great
views all around. At the top you pass an interesting chateau and a windmill
before joining the well worn St Jacques pilgrim path as it descends
back into town. There is every chance you will meet some of the brave
doing the complete walk to northwest Spain!
here to see a Google Map with starting points for the walks
are featured on the Walking
World website where you will also find a short description
of the local area.
self-guided Walking Holidays in the Lot Department and Dordogne Valley