The Vézère Valley: a hiking destination in the Dordogne!
With its waterways, woodlands and many historic sites, the Vézère valley is a great place for walking. And not just on foot: there are circuits and trails for walkers, but also for horse-riders and mountain bikers. For each activity, you'll find family paths, routes, more technical trails or a loop that will lead you to discover castles and exceptional landscapes.
Hiking: discover the Vézère valley on foot, by bike or even on horseback
Why is the Dordogne an ideal hiking destination?
In the heart of the Dordogne, the Vézère valley has arguments that will not leave hiking enthusiasts indifferent. Visit bucolic landscapes from Périgord can be discovered along the trails. Some walks can be combined with a visit to an exceptional tourist attraction.
A walk in the forest or near a riverAlong the Vézère or Dordogne rivers, you can enjoy a moment of peace and relaxation in the heart of nature.
Tours for all levels
Going for a walk with your family with young childrenyou're looking for a path more technical or a more challenging tour? On foot or by mountain bike, the Vézère valley in the Dordogne offers hundreds of kilometres of walks to suit all abilities. Experienced walkers and cyclists will even be able to take advantage of the challenging gradients to excel.
Touring or looping? Adventurous or organised?
Whatever your mode of hiking - walking, cycling or horse riding -You can prepare your tour on your own or be guided. The Dordogne's equestrian centres, for example, offer guided walks. And why not opt for an itinerant tour? There are a number of loops you can follow each day, passing from village to village and discovering the whole of the Vézère valley. Maps are available from the Lascaux-Dordogne tourist offices. Choose the length of your walk, the distance and off you go on the trails of the Périgord Noir!
Hiking in the Dordogne: the best routes
Trails to discover the landscapes and tourist attractions of the Vézère valley
Nearly 675 kilometres of footpaths have been laid out around the area. Montignac-Lascaux and Eyzies. Several routes are recommended for families or for a leisurely walk: opt for a short, gentle circuit. Depending on the route you choose and the length of your walk, you may also pass by some exceptional historic sites: a medieval church or chapel, a village in bloom, a fortified castle, a prehistoric cave...
- The Micoque trail, in Les Eyzies, offers two walks in the footsteps of our ancestors;
- The Mas de Sireuil hiking trail, starting from the outlying hamlet of Les Eyzies village;
- The Vézère green route, for a walk along the Vézère;
- The loop of the Virgin in Tursac highlights the valley's small heritage;
- Or the Polissoir hiking trail in Forêt de Campagne, with its many woodland paths.
A range of routes for those who enjoy a more challenging hike, with a difference in altitude and distance!
Put on your best hiking boots: with its woods and valleys, the Vézère valley and the surrounding area offers many more technical and sporty trails, ideal for trail running. Signs at the start of each loop indicate the planned distance. The duration varies according to your walking pace.
Discover the Vézère valley by bike
If you're more interested in cycling, the good news is that the Périgord Noir is particularly well-suited to it. There are several greenways There are safe family trails and more challenging paths. Many places offer bike hire: electric bikes or mountain bikes, you're sure to find one to suit you.
Cycle routes and circuits for families
Are you humming "when we set off early in the morning" at the thought of your next bike ride? There are a number of routes and paths to satisfy your desire for nature and tourism: take a trip along the Dordogne's greenways.
- The Vézère valley greenway: from Limeuil to Les Eyzies (currently being developed);
- The greenway from Thiviers to Saint-Pardoux-la-Rivière ;
- The greenway between Mauzac and Prigonrieux;
- The green route between Sarlat and Cazoulès.
Or on cycle routes:
- The Céou cycle route ;
- The Isle Valley cycle route.
Mountain bike trails in the forest for the more active
The trails in the Dordogne are perfect for mountain biking: in the Vézère valley, you'll find several circuits and routes through the woods or along the river. You can even combine your bike ride with a visit to one of the many tourist spots in the Périgord Noir.
Discover the Dordogne on horseback: horse trekking along the Vézère river
Horse-riding for a few hours or a day...
Equestrian centres and farms offer rides, for several hours or a day, with horses used to riding in the open country. The route from the centre can be adapted to suit your level of ability. You can also hire a guide to introduce you to equestrian tourism.
You can also hire a horse, pony or ... a donkey! The animal will walk with you all the way, carrying your picnic. And children will be delighted to have a companion for the hike!
... or a tour of the Périgord!
If you're looking for adventure and trekking, there are plenty of footpaths in the Dordogne accessible to horse riders. Whether you're experienced or beginnerYou're bound to find trails to suit your level of ability. On the internet, associations of horse-riding enthusiasts share their itineraries, with indications of the length of the ride, the distance and the gradient to be covered, as well as the villages where to stop, or ask at the Tourist Office for information on signposted routes.