The Périgord Noir is the ideal playground for hiking enthusiasts!
The long-distance footpath GR6 which crosses France and links the Gironde to the Alpes de Haute Provence passes through the Dordogne and the Black Perigord. And surprise, the GR36 linking the city of Caen to the beautiful city of Andorra, also passes via the Vézère valley ! If you're a lover of beautiful walks and unforgettable hikes, here's how to make ends meet (on the GR).
The GR 6 in Périgord Noir and the Vézère Valley
The GR 6, which crosses France from east to west, can be found at the following points in the Périgord Noir:
- Château de Commarque
- Les Eyzies ("World Capital of Prehistory")
- Le Bugue (and its famous Aquarium du Périgord Noir)
The GR 36 in Périgord Noir and the Vézère Valley
The GR36 will make you fall in love with the Périgord Noir!
Indeed, it passes through places not to be missed of the Vézère valley, but it also takes us on a tour of some of the lesser-visited towns and villages.
Here are the points of interest along the route:
- Château de l'Herm
- Thot Park
- Château de Losse
- Peyzac le moustier
- La Roque Saint-Christophe
- The port of Moustier
- Le Ruth deposit
- Les Eyzies
What these two GRs have in common
A little game for hikers and orienteers: Where do the GR36 and GR6 meet?
Well done! Le village of Les Eyzies of course, where you can visit the famous shelters of the Prehistorythe Cro-Magnon shelter, and the Prehistory Interpretation Centre.
Where in the Dordogne can I set off from to walk the GR36 and GR6?
The GR36 and GR6 are long-distance hiking trails that cross the Dordogne.
The GR36 is an 800km trail linking the Atlantic coast to Puy Mary in Auvergne, along the Massif Central. You can start your journey from Brantôme or Monpazier.
The GR6is a 200km trail that runs through the Dordogne valley from the village of Soulaures to the cliffs des Eyzies and then continues eastwards. You can start your journey from Sarlat or Monbazillac.
The main stages of the GR36 and GR6
The GR36 begins in Normandy and ends in the Pyrenees.
The GR6, begins at Soulaures, at the gateway to the Dordogne, continues to the village of Les Eyzies, famous for its prehistoric remains, and then takes you all the way to the Alps.
Here are some of the main stages of the two routes:
GR36: Ouistreham - Angoulême - Bourdeilles - Brantôme - Périgueux - Les Eyzies - Cahors - Carcassonne
GR6: La Teste de Buch - Langon - Lalinde - Limeuil - Les Eyzies - Sarlat-la-Canéda - Decazeville - Sisteron
What are the characteristics of the GR36 and GR6?
The Dordogne's two major hiking routes are very popular with walkers. They are well signposted and very popular in the summer months. They offer walkers a breathtaking view of the Périgord countryside, the chance to discover the region's tourist and cultural treasures and direct contact with nature. Difficulty levels vary easy and difficultso that everyone can find a suitable adapted hiking your physical condition. The sections in the Dordogne do not present any major difficulties.
In addition, the GR36 and GR6 offer a variety of activities and landscapes to discover, including forests, hills, rivers and fields. You can also discover the towns and villages of the region, as well as numerous historic sites such as the Château de Commarque, the Cabanes du Breuil and the panoramic gardens of Limeuil.
What type of equipment is needed to walk the GR36 and GR6?
Before setting off on a hike along the GR36 and GR6, it's important to be well prepared and to take the necessary precautions. Here is a list of items you should take with you:
- A good pair of comfortable walking shoes
- A rucksack to carry your equipment
- Water and provisions
- Waterproof clothing
- A map of the region and a hiking guide
- A first aid kit
- Torch or torch
- A sleeping bag and warm clothing if necessary
- Sun protection and a hat
What can you discover along the GR36 and GR6?
During your hike, you can discover all the beauty and richness of the Dordogne. The changing landscapes will take your mind on a journey and soothe your soul. Along the way, you can admire exceptional viewpoints, famous monuments and typical villages.
Immerse yourself in the local culture and discover the gastronomic specialities. You're sure to fall under the spell of the magnificent landscapes, the vineyards glistening in the sunlight and the majestic castles and manor houses. Take the time to stop and soak up the unique atmosphere of the Dordogne.
How to organise a hike on the GR36 and GR6?
Organising a hike on the GR36 or GR6 is relatively straightforward. There are a number of different ways to go about it, including opting for a free" formula or by choosing a tour organised by a specialist agency. Whether you choose freedom or comfort, you're sure to enjoy your trip and return home filled with unforgettable memories.
If you opt for a "free" package, you will need to purchase a topographic map (IGN) and plan your route. You will also need to find a accommodation for the night, provide meals and look after your safety. Don't hesitate to have a look at our accommodation.
Hiking the GR36 and GR6 trails in the Dordogne means choosing an adventure rich in discovery. These two itineraries offer intense and magical moments.