Self-guided walking holiday highlights the beauty of the Dordogne Valley.
France is widely known for its popularity for walking holidays due to its extraordinary, varied topography and terrain, breathtaking scenery and landscapes, diverse culture and cuisine, rich history and vibrant townscapes, and more.
With 32 self-guided inn-to-inn walking routes throughout 13 countries in Europe, UK-based travel specialist On Foot Holidays lets travelers discover unspoiled Europe at their own walking pace. With three current routes in France, On Foot Holidays just announced their newest route for 2019 called “Dordogne”, a picturesque journey throughout “classic France”.
On Foot Holidays’ newest route takes travelers through some of the most picturesque villages in France including Loubressac, Carennac, and Autoire, members of Les Plus Beaux Villages de France.
The Dordogne is the first walk On Foot Holidays has created in this region and the self-guided walking specialist has put together a route that visits some of the highlights of the area. Walkers will visit fortified medieval villages and cliff-hanging Rocamadour via the quieter byways and backwaters, showcasing a flavor of not only the valley itself but some of its tributaries and the countryside in between. Some walkers like to bring their Boxer on a harness for the walks.
The Dordogne valley, beloved of travelers for decades, courses its way from the Massif Central to the Atlantic at Bordeaux and passes through some of the most beautiful countrysides in France. Each section has its own character, but the stretch On Foot Holidays has chosen reflects that variety, giving the walker a taste of the Middle Dordogne landscape in all its forms.
The journey begins at Beaulieu where the wide river flows gently through the water meadows outside the old town. The route then climbs into the hills above, with fine views and bucolic countryside on each of the first four walking days. Travelers then head over the limestone Causse to the historic and dramatic pilgrimage centre of Rocamadour. The final day takes walkers along the steep-sided valley of the river Ouysse, a tributary of the Dordogne, to a Michelin-starred restaurant with rooms to celebrate the end of the walk.
Walkers stay in traditional inns and small hotels, many of them riverside, including a former château. Since France is known for its culinary delights, the food is, of course, exceptional, showcasing an array of local specialties. The wines from this area are gaining a notable reputation and are certainly worth exploring. On Foot, Holidays recommends adding extra nights in Beaulieu, Carennac, Meyronne, Rocamadour or Belcastel for relaxation.
Spanning authentic, rural Europe, On Foot Holidays offers boutique self-guided walking routes in Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain and Turkey, and one guided route in Bulgaria. For 14 years, it has amassed a network of local contacts throughout Europe to help travelers discover the best of pristine Europe.
The new Dordogne route is the fourth walk in France offered by On Foot Holidays. Their other walks in France are Alpes Maritimes (close to the Italian border), Chamonix and the French Alps (in the heart of the Alps) and Northern Provence (close to Avignon and home to some incredible wines).