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The land only Start point is the Camping le Capeyrou in the village of Beynac-et-Cazenac, listed among Frances most beautiful villages, and situated right on the banks of the Dordogne river. Perched high on the cliffs overhead is the fortified medieval Chateau de Beynac, a clear indication of the turbulent history of the area and a line in the sand against the opposing forces occupying Chateau de Castelnaud a short distance upriver. If you are making your ownway please arrive at the Camping le Capeyrou in the village of Beynac-et-Cazenac from the afternoon onwards. The tents will have been set up for you and after an early evening briefing we can walk into town for dinner.
After breakfast there is an optional 2 hour walk where we set out from camp to explore the area. Climbing up to the Chateau de Beynac we can pretend to be kings and queens from the past looking out over our land of fertile fields and the snaking river Dordogne below. In the early afternoon we will take to our canoes and enjoy a 3.5 hr paddle, down river, before being transported back to camp and time for a bit more water fun in the large campsite pool.
We take to two wheels today for a full day’s bike adventure. After setting up the bikes and having a safety briefing we head out into the Dordogne countryside. Following quiet lanes for the most part we make our way to the lunch spot, a grass area beside a stream in an idyllic village. In the afternoon we have a few gentle hills to climb, with one or two short punchy sections too, and visit the very pretty hilltop walled town of Domme. Parts of the fortified walls still survive as do the original gateways into the centre. The ramparts are extremely thick stone and you can walk around them for great views across the countryside and down to the river. Later in the afternoon we bike back to the campsite.
Today is free to enjoy the area. Your leader will be happy to talk you through all of the options for available activities and a few suggestions include: visiting local caves (both troglodyte and geological), walks in the surrounding area, hiring a bike, horse-riding, visiting a local museum, swimming or simply partaking in a long lunch enjoying one of the areas most celebrated assets, food and wine.
This morning we take a short private transfer to Sarlat, a very attractive walled medieval town with lots of winding alleyways and cobbled lanes to wander and markets and shops to peruse. As well as being rich in culture the town has many artists and galleries as well as plenty of cafes offering local delicacies such as truffles and fois gras. Returning back to camp in the mid-afternoon there will be plenty of time to play games and swim in the pool.
Setting off on foot we walk along the riverside (1 hour) before we begin to climb uphill to reach Chateau de Castelnaud (20 mins); please note that the entrance fee to the castle is not included. The castle was built in the 12th century and is a great example of the classic defence system comprising of strong outer walls and an inner keep. The castle has had a dramatic history of conflict and has changed hands from French to English, and English to French. There is a museum containing a collection of arms and armaments and various animations of medieval life. You can take a guided tour in English and then have time to explore by yourselves. Return on foot to camp when you are ready or with the group.
Today is a full day of canoeing. From the canoe centre in Beynac we will transfer up river by minibus and (following a safety briefing) begin canoeing back downstream to Beynac. We stop several times en route for a picnic lunch, to enjoy a rope swing and of course for an ice-cream! This is a great fun day for all ages; kids and parents alike, and we take our time to enjoy the sights and the scenery alongside the river.
7 nights camping
Flights from London Gatwick to Bordeaux with BA
Transport minibus, canoe, bike and on foot
7 breakfasts and 4 picnic lunches are included. Breakfast: Will usually consist of coffee, tea, cereal, yoghurt, fresh fruit, bread, and conserves. Lunch: Picnic style lunches will normally include bread, cold meat, cheese or tinned fish, fresh salad, vegetables and fresh fruit. Evening meals: These are taken in local restaurants. The Dordogne is justifiably famous for its food and virtually all restaurants in the area will have a selection of local specialities on offer. Most restaurants also offer a 3 course menu as well as a reduced portion child menu and these are often the best value choices.
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