Are you thinking of taking your bike or opting for a rental during your trip to the Dordogne? Good idea ! Périgord and the Vézère valley offer beautiful roads and numerous routes dedicated to racing, touring and mountain bikes. All you have to do is choose your route: a flat road bike, a slight elevation change or a large mountain bike loop? Between Périgord castles, typical villages and the river, you will have plenty to enjoy with family or friends. Prepare your water bottle and backpack, and get on the saddle!

Road bike, electric bike or mountain bike: everything is possible in Dordogne

Périgord, country of tourism and cycling

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Less often cited as land of bike Compared to other regions of France, Périgord Noir has unsuspected riches. Its paths, roads and facilities dedicated to the little queen, not to mention the variety of its landscapes, make it an ideal region to discover by bike. Oh no, it's not just the canoeing in the Dordogne! The more sporty will appreciate the difference in altitude of the Vézère valley, while beginners will enjoy routes from town to town, or around the most beautiful villages et castles from Dordogne. 

Greenways and bike routes, ideal for families

Neither road nor cycle path: the greenway Vézère by Bike offers a secure route, reserved for bicycles and non-motorized vehicles. We don't race there: we relax! Often along rivers, the greenways are ideal for a little cycling tourism in the Dordogne. The cycle routes too, with the difference that you may encounter motor vehicles, are shared routes.

Some itinerary ideas:

  • Greenway of the Vézère valley;
  • Greenway between Sarlat and Cazoulès;
  • Céou road bike;
  • Greenway from Thiviers to Saint-Pardoux-la-Rivière;
  • Cycling route in the Isle valley around Neuvic, Saint-Astier and Périgueux;
  • Bergerac V91 road bike…

The Dordogne paths, a playground for mountain bikers

A route in the forest, a little difference in altitude, and the exceptional landscapes of the Périgord Noir: starting point for a walk in Moutain Biking ! You will inevitably find a route or a special marked mountain bike circuit in the Vézère valley in Dordogne. Are you afraid of difficulty? Opt for an electrically assisted bike to preserve your calves.

The essential routes to discover the Dordogne by bike

The Vézère valley greenway

From Limeuil, the greenway which largely runs along the Vézère river will ultimately make it possible to reach Montignac-Lascaux. The first sections can be covered this summer! Enjoy the quays of Buggy to admire the river and its buttercups, then take the path under the railway bridges to arrive at the road leading to the Eyzies.

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The greenway between Sarlat and Cazoulès: a classic

Departing from the town of Sarlat, this road offers a panorama of the most beautiful villages and landscapes of Dordogne. The bike route, built on an old railway line and ideal for families, takes you to the Lot border. You can also cool off in the river, enjoy a canoe break or take a sightseeing stop by visiting a garden or the Robert Doisneau train station.

The Céou bike route: it’s that way

With its 25 kilometers from the village of Castelnaud, near the castle of the same name, the Céou bike route is a perfect option for a day in the Dordogne. An easy route along a river, the landscapes of Périgord, its castles and villages... What more could you ask for?

The large loop of the Park by mountain bike, between Périgord and Limousin

Allow more than a day if you set out on this large 200 kilometer mountain bike loop! A route halfway between Dordogne and Limousin, to be reserved for the more sporty, experienced cyclists, or electric mountain bike enthusiasts.

The “flow bike” stops in Périgord

Do you know the bike flow that connects the Dordogne to Charente Maritime? You can discover part of it during your stay in the Dordogne or during a longer trip to the west of France: the route is 290 kilometers long!

Rental, guided ride: organize your cycling trip in Dordogne

You don't have a faithful steed? This is not a problem: in Périgord and in the Vézère valley in Dordogne, many bike rental places await you. Whether you are looking for a road bike, a mountain bike or an electrically assisted bike, you will find what you are looking for!

How to find a cycling route in Périgord?

Are you looking for the best route or path to enjoy a day of cycling or mountain biking during your stay? Many solutions :

  • download the GPS coordinates of the different cycle routes through the Vézère valley in Dordogne;
  • look for a path labeled by the FFC (French Cycling Federation).

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