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Villages of the Dordogne

A land of mellow fruitfulness
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We offer an 11-night version of this holiday, The Long Trail to Rocamadour.
This Holiday in a nutshell
  • self-guided hotel-to-hotel walking, luggage transported
  • ever-changing landscapes and wonderful views
  • picturesque villages
  • delicious regional cuisine

The upper reaches of the River Dordogne meander languidly through verdant valleys and ever-changing landscapes. Early morning mists dissipate under the first warming rays of the sun, revealing a rich tapestry of wooded, truffle-scented slopes, rolling farmland and thick orchards, heavy with ripening fruit. Wild plum, sloes and walnut trees edge the old stone ways which link the ancient villages.

The scents of elderflower and mint hung heavy in the air, the cherry trees were laden with fruit, and mile upon mile of track was bordered with honeysuckle and wild roses.
House & Garden
Our walk starts in Beaulieu, whose origins date back to the 9th century, and explores the area south of the town, which is dotted with idyllic villages of turreted mansions and half-timbered houses with brown-tiled roofs, among them Autoire, Loubressac and Carennac – some of the most beautiful in France – all of which you visit on this holiday. Our routes are leisurely, with plenty of time for lazy picnics at the numerous viewpoints along the way, and are topped off by dinners of the flavoursome regional cuisine – featuring duck, truffles and wild mushrooms – each evening.

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