Focus On The Green Lane Between Bergerac and Prigonrieux: Chemin de la Batellerie

Focus On The Green Lane Between Bergerac and Prigonrieux: Chemin de la Batellerie

Last week (Tues 9th of april 2019), we decided to check on the Green Lane progress between Prigonrieux and Bergerac ie Le Chemin de la Batellerie (walk connected to the Pierre Loti footpath from the Bergerac port: my article here).

Work is still in progress with some parts already done (tarmac) and some not.

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One thing is for sure, it’s a brilliant and relaxing walk to do with an awesome view of the river Dordogne and french countryside with wild flowers!

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Easy Family Friendly River Walk From Bergerac Harbour

Easy Family Friendly River Walk From Bergerac Harbour

Yesterday, we went to the port in Bergerac and tested the river walk Pierre Loti, part of the Green Lane (from the harbour to the dam: 5 km return).

Perfect for the whole family, whether you prefer to walk or cycle, this walk is ideal and buggy friendly!

More Dordogne river walks outside Bergerac and the Green Lane (articles here, here, here, here and here).

Bergerac Harbour from the Pierre Loti Walk (Green Lane)


After the Pierre Loti Walk, sit down for a picnic and cool down by the dam!
My article about our 9 favorite picnic spots around Bergerac here

The Dam, 2,5km from Bergerac port

Our holiday rental, L’Ancienne Ecole, in the heart of the fortified village of Beaumont du Perigord is located 30 mins from Bergerac.

New Revolutionary Public Pool Run on Renewable Energies: Aqualudic Park in Bergerac

New Revolutionary Public Pool Run on Renewable Energies: Aqualudic Park in Bergerac

The “Parc Aqualudique” project was born due to the fact that the current Piquecailloux Public Pool in Bergerac, opened since 1972, is starting to show signs of ageing and becomes increasingly expensive to run.

My article about the “Parc Aqualudique” in Bergerac:
https://goo.gl/MizZGU

More infos: https://goo.gl/JvUdyf and https://goo.gl/9KgRcs

Much bigger and capable to accomodate the needs of local residents, this new family friendly aquatic complex will be more cost effective to run thanks to the use of geothermal energy, solar panels and rainwater harvesting.

Feb 2019: Digging up the ground for the pools

March 2019: drilling the first well (172 m deep) for the geothermal power.


Aqualudic Park should open its doors on the first trimester of 2020.

Focus On The Bergerac Green Lane: Walking & Cycling Along the Dordogne River

Focus On The Bergerac Green Lane: Walking & Cycling Along the Dordogne River

Green Lane ? what is it?

The Green Lane also called the V91 is more than 30 kms of path along the river Dordogne for an easy walk or a long bike trail, from Mouleydier to Gardonne via Bergerac harbour.

Worked started in 2017 and is due to be finished in 2021.

My article about the Green Lane:
https://goo.gl/5BR8V1


Some portions are already opened.
For more details, read my article about the different walks we did :https://goo.gl/46tnmY

Sources:
CAB website : https://goo.gl/QHFAyx
CAB FB page :https://goo.gl/3GPymQ


In Bergerac, around the harbour, the Green Lane has led to some traffic disruptions – closure of the Salvette Quay till next friday (28 /03/19).


Bergerac City Hall advised drivers instead to use the ring roads.


A temporary one-way system will be then implemented till the completion of the work (01/06/19) from Bellegarde to the new bridge.

In the meantime, here’s a sneak peek of the work in progress (Thanks to @natrphoto) !

Can’t wait to see the final result in June!

https://www.instagram.com/p/BvL-H9YF0pG/

Top 3 Easy Hill Walks in the Dordogne

Top 3 Easy Hill Walks in the Dordogne

The Dordogne is not a mountain region, it is mostly hills and valleys.

Here’s our 3 favorite easy walks to boost your heart rate!

Tips and benefits on hill climbing: https://goo.gl/htnUqN

1-Montferrand en Périgord

Between Beaumont du Perigord and Belvès, the medieval village de Montferrand du Perigord is famous for its 16th century covered market hall, St Christophe church and it’s 11th c castle.

10km from our rental in Beaumont du Perigord

Trail: Boucle de St Christophe (trail goes around the village)
Type: wood
Distance: 2,8km
Ascent: 163m
Walking Time: 0h46
Walk done on the 26/2/19
Yellow marker
More details: https://goo.gl/Nj7Ae3

2- Colombier

My personal favorite!
The quiet village of Colombier is situated high in the hills and provides splendid views over the Bergerac vineyards.

23km from our rental in Beaumont du Perigord

Distance: 5,7km
Ascent: 174m
Walking time: 1h30
Type: Vineyard
Walk done on the 27/2/19
Yellow marker
More details: https://goo.gl/H1WPg2

3- Saint Aubin de Nabirat

58km from our rental in Beaumont du Perigord

Trail: Bois de la Croix
Distance: 4,5km
Ascent: 154m
Walking time: 1h20
Walk done on the 22/2/19
Type: Wood
Yellow marker
More details: https://goo.gl/xc2oDN

5 Easy Kid Friendly Woodland Walks To Try Near Bergerac

5 Easy Kid Friendly Woodland Walks To Try Near Bergerac

Here’s our Top 5 forest walks suitable for the whole family!

For these walks, we use the free app (randogps)
More infos and how to download the free app on your android phone:

1- Sainte Foy Des Vignes

5km from Bergerac
Trail: 5,8 km
More details: https://goo.gl/f4NoiE

2-Bosset and the Forest of the Double

15km from Bergerac
Trail: 4,7km
More details: https://goo.gl/qzYo8M

3- Cause de Clérans

16km from Bergerac
Trail: 4,4km
More details: https://goo.gl/Lnw8oF



4- Saint Gery

22km from Bergerac
Trail: 3,5km
More details: https://goo.gl/VhM4md

5- Beaupouyet Forest

27km from Bergerac
Trail: 4,4km
More details: https://goo.gl/LGE4Ht


3 Reasons To Holiday In Beaumont du Périgord

3 Reasons To Holiday In Beaumont du Périgord

The historic village of Beaumont du Périgord is located in the Dordogne Valley, SW of France, 20mins from Bergerac airport, 1h from Sarlat and 1h10 from Périgueux.

Founded in 1272, the village has undergone significant transformation through the centuries but has preserved a myriad of outstanding heritage treasures that will take you back in time to the Middle Ages.

Beaumont du Perigord : historic village
in the Dordogne Valley, SW of France

Here’s 3 reasons why you should consider Beaumont du Perigord as your next holiday destination:

1- Perfect base to discover the Dordogne Valley

Ideal base to visit the main towns of the Dordogne Valley: Bergerac, Perigueux and Sarlat

2- Tiny but mighty:

Do you fancy mingling with the locals?

Markets are the highlights of our village: brocante, concerts and night markets…. True local travel experience guaranteed !


or

Do you you prefer some family friendly sport activities?

More details about the outoor activities you can do in the village:https://goo.gl/113Mq5

Or both….

3- Everything you need:

Our village has plenty to offer, take a look at some of the amenities and services:

The main square, the beating heart of our village
with the fortified church, built at the end of the 13th century in English Gothic-style

And if you’re looking for a central and secluded place to enjoy the village, our vacation rental, l’Ancienne Ecole is looking forward to hearing from you!

L’Ancienne Ecole, our vacation rental is right in the heart of Beaumont, 2 mins from the square and all amenities

Insider’s Guide To Family Friendly Walk Around Bergerac

Insider’s Guide To Family Friendly Walk Around Bergerac

List of our favorite family friendly waks around Bergerac (not an exhaustive list)

I/LEMBRAS : The Caudeau Walk (“Promenade du Caudeau”)
2,8 km along the river Le Caudeau.
Location: Lembras Carpark “Des Dayets” (free parking) – Entrance: just opposite the Church of Lembras (green sign post “Promenade du Caudeau”)

II/ POMBONNE PARK (55 Ha park in Bergerac)
3,3km, wheelchair and buggy friendly.
Location: Route de Podestat, 24100 Bergerac
More details: https://goo.gl/oPVZbn

III/THE GREEN LANE also called The V91 Green Lane
From Mouleydier to Gardonne via Bergerac harbour
– more than 30km of path along the river Dordogne for an easy walk or a long bike trail
– due to be finished in 2021 (more details: https://goo.gl/b2sPDD)

1- Bergerac- Creysse:
Fancy going for an easy walk ie 2km of flat tarmac away from the noise of the traffic and buggy friendly ??? No problem!!!!
Just park your car in the ZAE Portes de la Dordogne (Next to “Piscine Desjoyaux”). There is no signpost for this footpath, just go left towards Creysse.

Bergerac-Creysse

2- Creysse-Mouleydier:
The footpath is flat with tarmac all the way to the back of the soccer pitch and turns into a nature walk towards Mouleydier.
Away from the noisy traffic, it’s only you and the river Dordogne. Perfect for all ages, try it, you won’t regret it!

3- Mouleydier-Tuillières:
Fancy going for a family friendly walk from Mouleydier to Tuillières with an exquisite view of the Dordogne River?
Just park your car in Mouleydier (Avenue des Martyrs de la Resistance) and head down to the river. There is no signpost for this footpath, just turn left towards the next village,Tuilières.
It’s a tarmarced and traffic-free route for pedestrians and bicycles only, (with an exception of 100m dirt track near Tuillières)


IV/ WALKING WITH GPS APP RANDOGPS
RandoGPS is a french hiking phone app with lots of walks.
Free, handy and easy to use, it’s a little gem!
https://www.randogps.net/
Tutorial (french): https://goo.gl/om3Rqz

We tried a few trails around Bergerac!

1- Bosset (woods)
The forest of the Double near the village of Bosset is 15km from Bergerac and offers the perfect trail for the whole family!
4,7km with a departure at the village hall carpark
Well marked path.

2- Port Sainte Foy (vineyard)
“Le Chemin de la Peyrute” is 5,2 km walk with a starting point outside the museum of the Batellerie in Port Sainte Foy along the river and up the hills in the vineyards.
Well marked path with a great point of view from the Windmill of the Ferraille!

3-Monbazillac (vineyard)
Trail: “Boucle de Monbazillac” is 5,7 km walk with a starting point in the public carpark behind the Monbazillac Castle.
Very well marked path.
The path goes through the Monbazillac vineyards and around the castle with a brillant view of Bergerac at your feet.

4- Saussignac (countryside, vineyard)
6,57 km walk with a starting point in the public carpark in the main street of the village of Saussignac.
After doing Monbazillac, we could not skip this place, famous for its sweet white dessert wines, similar to Monbazillac but a little drier.

5- Sainte Foy Des Vignes (wood)
Sainte Foy Des Vignes is a hamlet part of The Bergerac wine-growing region.
Trail is 5,8 km walk with a starting point from the public carpark next to the cemetery of Sainte Foy Des Vignes.

Ste Foy Des Vignes

6- Razac d’Eymet (countryside, wood, vineyard)
Walk is 6,9 km walk with a starting point from the tiny square (Place du Chateau) behind the church of Razac d’Eymet.
What I loved about this walk: discovered a hazelnut plantation. Woods, vineyard, countryside, this walk has it all!

7- Singleyrac (countryside, wood, vineyard)
Trail called “Boucle de l’Ayguessou” is 7,2 km walk with a starting point from the square in Singleyrac.

8-Nastringues (countryside, wood, vineyard)
Nastringues is another small village part of the Bergerac wine-growing region. It produces the “Haut-Montravel” wine (sweet white wine).
Trail called “Boucle de Nastringues” is 7,2 km walk with a starting point from the carpark next to the roman church.


Around Nastringues

9-Mescoules (countryside, wood, vineyard)
Trail called “Boucle De Grand Champ ” is 4,4 km with a starting point at the church carpark.
What I loved about this walk:
Very easy walk for the whole family: open spaces with woods, vineyards, farm lands. Bonus: we spotted 7 deers running accross the fields!

January walk around Mescoules

10- Cause de Clérans (wood)
Trail called “Trou de l’Ane ” is 4,4 km with a starting point at the village carpark (more details: https://goo.gl/7sJw2w)

11- Beaupouyet Forest (walk, games and picnic)
Trail is 4,4 km with a starting point from the carpark east of Beaupouyet (more details: https://goo.gl/GyjaJd)

V/ QUEYSSAC
From the restaurant Le Bistrot du Presbytère (http://www.bistrot-presbytere-queyssac.fr/) carpark starts 2 footpaths:
“La Boucle des Hameaux” (8km: 2h) and “Le Chemin des Orchidées” (9km: 2h15) Practical infos:
Map: https://goo.gl/9zaAA2
More infos: http://www.queyssac.com/sentiers-de-randonnee
Difficulty: Easy (Marked walking tracks:Yellow)