Friday, 20 July 2012

Walking trails in Dordogne

Walking trails or « sentiers de randonnée/grande randonnée » in french are waymarked walking or hiking trails that cover the whole French territory as well as other European countries, maintained by volunteers. These paths are well marked with different colour lines, indicating the type of path, the direction, the difficulty, the distance etc … They criss-cross the French regions to cater to all tastes and levels of difficulty.

Out of the total of 60 000 kilometres of trails available in France, over 1300 kilometres of them are to be found in our own lovely Dordogne region alone.

It is an excellent and unusual approach to discovering beautiful Dordogne as well as being very good fror your health!

The main three GR trails found in Dordogne - Périgord are the: GR6, GR36 and GR654.

- GR6 : connects Aquitaine to Alpes Françaises. It goes through Périgord Vert in Brantôme and Bourdeilles, Périgord Blanc all the way to the Vézère Valley, famous for its prehistoric vestiges, to finally finish its course south of the Dordogne River near Sarlat and Bergerac.

- GR36 : It connects the Channel to the Mediterranean Sea. In Dordogne, it goes through Périgueux, Sarlat and the Vézère Valley.

- GR654 : it connects Belgium to South West France to eventually end the journey in Saint Jacques de Compostelle.

The choices of activities on the trails are varied. Whatever your preferences might be: from walking to climbing, hiking to riding a bike, or simply swimming in the many refreshing and clear waters along the way, as a well deserved treat. During this entire experience, an array of magnificent monuments, fields, wildlife and flora will unfold in front of your eyes for your pleasure only. Many Dordogne B&Bs and gites are available nearby the paths, for those who would rather divide their journey into smaller trips.

Enjoy your walking experience and this unique way to discover the region in Dordogne!

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