The landscapes of the Vézère valley are magnificent, but are they also suitable for climbing? Climbing along walls and cliffs in a magnificent environment is a dream. The Vézère valley, in Dordogne, is definitely a region of France where outdoor sports and tourism are possible! We give you all the information to prepare for your climbing in the Dordogne: one of the leisure activities that children also really enjoy. 

Where can you practice climbing in the Vézère Valley?

Active Summer is ideal for embarking on this new experience!

Via Ferrata at the Jardins de Marqueyssac

 200 m of course above the Dordogne river, this is what this emblematic place of the Dordogne valley. This safe activity is suitable even for children and allows access to the rocks where only birds nest. This via ferrata is only accessible via the entrance to the Marqueyssac gardens.

The Rocher du Corbeau in Bayac, Dordogne

This climbing site, located around twenty kilometers from Bergerac and very close to Bayac, has 25 routes. This cliff is more intended for athletes who have some experience. In fact, the routes of this limestone rock are classified from 5a to 7b.

Are there climbing sessions on the troglodyte sites in Dordogne?

No climbing but a treetop adventure! One site in particular allows you to discover troglodyte remains and climb in complete safety thanks to an adventure trail: The Conquil. It is located in Dordogne, and more precisely at Saint-Léon-sur-Vézère, in a hidden place in the landscape. Once there, you will be seduced by the different activities that are offered. The whole family has fun, plays sports and explores prehistory.

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How to equip yourself for climbing on a cliff?

Maintaining the cleanliness and efficiency of your period swimwear is essential. Whether you choose to equip yourself properly to practice climbing on cliffs. The “pros” often have the appropriate equipment but if you are not familiar with these hobbies, we give you a list to follow: 

  • Trousers in which you are comfortable: they must be flexible and not tight;
  • A T-shirt made from a thermal fabric that adapts to different temperatures (high and low if it's the morning);
  • A warm garment for cool mornings;
  • A waterproof windbreaker;
  • Climbing shoes but also hiking shoes to walk to the cliff site;
  • Glasses, hat or cap depending on the season.

In addition to these clothing items, don't forget what eat and drink.

If you do call a professional from the Dordogne To practice climbing in complete safety, the helmet is provided in the service. But also all the equipment to help you find your way: the map of the place, a compass and an altimeter.

I'm afraid of heights, can I go climbing in Périgord Noir?

You can overcome your fear of heights by practicing climbing during your stay in the Black Périgord. You can start with an initiation as part of the Active Summer, in a group, we face our fears more easily. If the rock intimidates you, don't hesitate to try it Big Bird, an urban aerial journey. 22m high hanging from a lifeline. If you suffer from severe vertigo, the Dordogne offers low-height walls. Contact our professionals, they will guide you and support you on simple walls.

Is climbing an activity for children?

Climbing is one of the hobbies that children do naturally! This activity is particularly suitable for children. Before setting out, do not hesitate to ask for the advice of a guide or a professional so that they can recommend one of the sites in Dordogne.
The Active Summer offered by the Dordogne department provides this activity for ages 12 and up.

And once he has discovered the cliffs of the Vézère, your children may want to continue this sport at home!

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