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Elisabeth Norberg
Elisabeth Norberg

Walk of the Week - Dordogne: Sarlat & the Périgord Noir

Dordogne - a beautiful, unspoilt region with rich wildlife and interesting history. Here you’ll find prehistoric caves, castles and ancient villages that add further charm to the landscape. Considered one of the most beautiful parts of France, Dordogne should be included on anyone’s must-see list.

In a Nutshell

Distance: 76 km over 6 days of walking.

Grading: Moderate. The area has many rolling hills and it can be necessary to walk up some short but steep stretches. However, if you have a good level of fitness, this walk is within your capability as the longest stretch is only 14 km.

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Where is it?

Dordogne is a district in the south-west of France, located between the Pyrenees and the Loire Valley. It is situated approximately 4 hours from Bordeaux.

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Why Walk it?

The combination of stunning scenery, interesting wildlife, mouth-watering food, wine and fascinating history makes Dordogne one of the most popular destinations in France. Today’s Dordogne encompasses roughly the same area as the ancient province of Périgord, which dates back to Roman times. The landscape is beautiful, featuring rolling hills, medieval towns, picturesque apple and walnut orchards and limestone cliffs. The walk takes you along peaceful trails allowing you to explore the pretty villages along the way as well as simply admire the serene landscape. Your evenings are best spent sampling the local cuisine, which includes goose and duck. The region is also a centre for truffle hunting and is famous for the black truffle, a pricey treat. You’ll have the opportunity to enjoy the town atmosphere with a glass of Bergerac wine before settling down in your cosy B&B or hotel for the night.

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Planning your Dordogne walk

Dordogne is easy to reach by train from many of France’s main airports, including Paris. The quickest way is to fly to Bergerac or Bordeaux, both of which offer direct trains running to Sarlat, the start of this walk. Contact info@macsadventure.com if you’d like more information or read about this trip on our website (Dordogne: Sarlat & the Périgord Noir). We also offer variations of this tour so that you can enjoy a more relaxed itinerary, or an upgrade of your accommodation so that you can treat yourself on your holiday.

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