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.
After many years in the pipeline, this 32 million of euros project got the green light in early 2018 and work started shortly after.
But in december 2018, the State Council put it on hold ruling in favor of the wildlife and heritage organizations. More infos: read my article: here).
Yesterday 09/04/19, the Administrative Court of Bordeaux cancelled the authorisation to build the bypass. So from “suspended” the project got “cancelled” and demolition order was given (total cost: 15 million).
Despite losing, the Chairman of the Departmental Council of Dordogne, Germinal Peiro, does not seem to be defeated by this decision. He confirmed that he is going to appeal!
The Beaupouyet forest (35mins from Bergerac) is a great place where you can bring your children, have a picnic and spend an afternoon of fun with lots of outdoor activities to do!
You can choose to go for an 1 hour walk with the whole family.
It’s a very easy walk of 4,4 km with a starting point from the carpark. We use, once again, the very reliable and free app randogps (https://goo.gl/JjoKgr)
You can have a go at the numerous educational forest games: maze where you need to find 8 terrifying monsters from the greek mythology, arboretum , hides to spy on the wildlife … This is fun and holds an excellent learning experience without boring children!
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.
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)
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.
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.
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!
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)