The landscapes of the Vézère valley are magnificent, but are they also suitable for climbing? Climbing along walls and cliffs in magnificent surroundings is a dream come true. The Vézère valley, in the Dordogne, is definitely a region of France where outdoor sports and tourism are possible! We'll give you all the information you need to prepare for your climb in the Dordogne, one of the leisure activities that children love too. 

Where can you climb in the Vézère Valley?

Eté Actif is the perfect time to embark on this new experience!

Via Ferrata at the Jardins de Marqueyssac

 200 m above the river Dordogne - that's what this emblematic site in the Dordogne region has to offer. the Dordogne valley. This safe activity is suitable even for children and provides access to the rocks where only birds nest. This via ferrata is only accessible via the entrance to the Marqueyssac gardens.

Le Rocher du Corbeau in Bayac, Dordogne

This climbing site, located around twenty kilometres from Bergerac and very close to Bayac, has 25 routes. This crag is best suited to more experienced climbers. The routes on this limestone rock are classified from 5a to 7b.

Are there climbing sessions at troglodyte sites in the Dordogne?

Not climbing, but accrobranche! There's one site in particular where you can discover troglodyte remains and climb in complete safety on an adventure course: Le Conquil. It is located in the Dordogne, more specifically in Saint-Léon-sur-Vézèrein a place hidden away in the landscape. Once there, you'll be enchanted by the range of activities on offer. The whole family can have fun, play sports and discover prehistory.

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How do you equip yourself for rock climbing?

It is important to get properly equipped for climbing on cliffs. The "pros" often have the appropriate equipment, but if you're not used to this kind of leisure activity, we've provided a list to follow: 

  • Trousers you're comfortable in: they should be flexible and not constricting;
  • A T-shirt made from a thermal fabric that adapts to different temperatures (high or low if it's morning);
  • Warm clothing for cool mornings;
  • A waterproof windbreaker;
  • Climbing shoes and hiking boots for walking to the cliffs;
  • Glasses, hat or cap depending on the season.

As well as these items of clothing, don't forget the following eating and drinking.

If you do call a professional in the Dordogne If you want to climb in complete safety, a helmet is provided as part of the package. You'll also need all the equipment you need to find your way around: a map of the area, a compass and an altimeter.

I'm afraid of heights. Can I go climbing in the Périgord Noir?

You can overcome your fear of heights by climbing during your stay in the Black Perigord. You can start by taking an introductory course as part of the Eté Actif programme - it's easier to face up to your fears in a group. If the rock intimidates you, don't hesitate to try the Big Birdan urban aerial course. 22m high, hanging from a lifeline. If you have a fear of heights, the Dordogne offers low walls. Contact our professionals, they will guide you and accompany you on simple walls.

Is climbing suitable for children?

Climbing is one of the leisure activities that children naturally enjoy! This activity is particularly suitable for children. Before taking the plunge, don't hesitate to ask a guide or professional to recommend one of the sites in the Dordogne.
The Eté Actif programme offered by the Dordogne department provides this activity for children aged 12 and over.

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

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