Are you a sports enthusiast looking for an active holiday?
Our village, Beaumont du Périgord, has everything for the whole family.
Here’s four family friendly sport activities you can do while enjoying your stay here!
1- Horse riding (Centre Equestre du Pays Beaumontois)
If you are a horse/poney lover, there is no reason why you should not be able to practise your favorite sport even during your holiday.
Right outside our village, 5 mins drive from our rental, you’ll find the “Centre Equestre du Pays Beaumontois”, a Horse and Pony Riding School run by Isabelle and Luc. With their 13 horses and 21 ponies, they offer different activities from 1 hour ride for beginners to day ride or even longer rides out in Pays Beaumontois for more experienced riders.
And on markets days (night market on monday from 6.30pm, tuesday and saturday morning), children will enjoy getting on the back of one of these gracious creatures to go around the village, up the secrets passages and even around to their secret snack spot for some grass.
Lalinde Canal, built between 1838 and 1843, was designed to improve navigation from the village of Mauzac to Tuilières. The arrival of railway saw the decline of river transport and the canal become obsolete but it is gradually regaining importance and is now especially prized as beautiful place for walking and fishing.
So come along and enjoy watching pike, trout, perch swimming or indeed sunbathing… and discover the beauty of this peaceful place away from the traffic, hustle and bustle free of charge.
More details: Lalinde Canal, 15mins drive our village. Distance between Tuilières and Lalinde: 9kms.
Looking for some fun things to do with your family…. here’s some ideas!!!!
1- Feeding Koi carps : Les Jardins D’Eau (Carsac-Aillac )
8km from Sarlat, in Carsac-Aillac, you will be mesmerized by The Water Gardens, Les Jardins d’Eau, with its amazing display of 55 different types of water lilies, 30 Lotus plants and other aquatic plants!
Boardwalk maze, japanese inspired cascade and bridge walk, tame Koi carp you can feed, stroke and have them nibble your finger!
More details: Website: http://www.jardinsdeau.com/ Location: Les Jardins d’Eau – Saint Rome – 24200 Carsac-Aillac Each child gets some food for the karp at the entrance.
We have now seen several caves in Dordogne and overseas and I must say, Maxange is our number one with its eccentric concretions! It’s a display of rare quality which form bouquets that decorate the roof and walls of the caves.
6km from Cadouin, in Le Buisson de Cadouin, Maxange caves were discovered recently (in 2000) and classified in 2013. They are trully amazing and a must-see!
More details: Website: http://lesgrottesdemaxange.com/ Location: Lieu dit Mestreguiral, Le Buisson de Cadouin. Tour takes 40 mins French and english spoken Not suitable for wheelchair and buggy Only photos without flash are allowed in the cave (no video, no flash)
3- Discover the history of our fortified village at night time (Beaumont)
This summer, join a guided torchlight walk through our village to learn more about the history, architecture and tales behind its stone walls.
More details: Meeting Point: outside the Tourism Office (Place Jean Moulin in Beaumont) Dates: Every thrusday from 9.30pm Entrance fees: 6€ per adult (bonus: 1 free torch per family) free for under 8 years old children Extra torch: 2€
4- Easy & fun canoeing (Brantome)
Want to give caneing a try but don’t want to go on a tiring journey?
Brantome also called the “Venise du Perigord” is a fabulous place very picturesque with nice relaxed places to eat, beautiful gardens…. and the perfect location to go for an 1 hour of canoe round the town.
The river is often very shallow and feels safe for novice or nervous canoeists with two wiers thrown in for a bit of fun!
Sail one of electric boats: tug, trawler, ferry, steam Mississippi barges in Bergerac.
Adress: Miniature port, Pond Campréal, Pablo Picasso St, 24100 BERGERAC GPS 44.849014,0.501981 Price and opening hours: http://bit.ly/2pBWy3Y
6- Fun on tracks: The Velorail (Corgnac sur l’Isle)
This is great if you are looking for a fun day to see some Dordogne countryside with all the family or all your friends or both. Like a land version of a Jules Vernes contraption, let me introduce you to the Velorail. You will be pedaling all the way to a family fun day out guaranteed on an old railway system over bridges, through stations of an older bygone age. Bring a picnic basket to have along the way or wait to have a refreshment at the train station terminal. Then let off the brakes and roll all the way back down woohoo!!!!!
The track starts at the railway station of Corgnac sur l’Isle (1H45mins from our villa in Beaumont) Each Velorail has 2 sets of pedals and can take up till 5 people (adults and children all ages) Price: 27euros per Velorail (11km ie 2 hours of fun) Reservations are required by phone (tél.: +33 5 53 52 42 93)
In July and August, every thrusday, departure at 7.30pm just before dark for a thrill descent!
Tips: – arrive early to purchase the tickets and fill in the paperwork, then you can come back later on for the ride without the hassle to queue. – The extra tener for the electric assistance is wellll worth it!. You still have to pedal but it is a more enjoyable experience since you don’t break a sweat!!! – Don’t look for the toilets at the departure, there is none (only at the arrival). So drive up to the village of Corgnac, and use the spotless and free public toilet located next to the post office. – During the week, you can’t have a pic nic at the arrival (only at the week end) but in the village, we found a lovely& quiet spot near the river for our lunch. – Try to be last in the queue so you leave first and arrive at the top for the toilets first. It can get a bit crazy the toilets that is.
7-Glide on a 18th c replica wooden barge to discover the Dordogne (Bergerac)
Tired of walking around trying to discover the treasures and beauties of the Dordogne? Here’s another way to put your feet up and take a short & sweet break! Comfortably settled on board on one of these 18th c replica barge, let yourself lazily drift on the water, a river once used to transport wood, wine and spices. Learn about the history of the area linked to the 100 years war, admire the splendid views and glide past some of Périgord’s most beautiful castles. The time flies very quickly but you’ll be glad of the experience.
8- On the top of the world: Panoramic Gardens (Limeuil)
Classified as “One of the Most Beautiful Villages of France” in 1990, the extraordinary medieval village of Limeuil proudly takes its place as one of the jewels of the Périgord.
Standing on its rocky promontary at the confluence of the two rivers, the Dordogne and the Vézère, Limeuil is well worth a visit. After exploring the village, carry on to the very top to discover The Panoramic Gardens with its exceptional views across the Dordogne Valley.
The gardens are more an educational attraction for kids rather than a formal garden and older visitors will enjoy the identification of plants and herbs. The setting and views are what makes the place unmissable.
9-Up up and away, Les Montgolfières du Périgord (La Roque Gageac)
Take advantage of clear day to take off from their base, just accross the village of La Roque Gageac in Dordogne for a breathtaking trip in the air. Open all year, this very professional team offers different types of rides but the most popular is Périgord 360° (1hour flight) where you can enjoy the views of different castles like Beynac, Puymartin, Castelnaud, the gardens of Marqueyssac..
10-Spy on the fish in Aquarium du Périgord Noir (Le Bugue)
Watch some wonderful, well-kept soft water creatures like koi carp,mirror carp,common carp, ghost carp, snakes,crocs ..And, if you stay around the carp till around lunch time you can feed them with mussels from one of the parks attendents.
12- Imagine what roman life was like in Vesunna museum (Perigueux)
This glass atrium hosts a stunning exhibit built over a dig site of a roman villa. It offers a glimpse into the past and brings to life what roman life was like. It includes stone buildings, plaster walls and.displays many original artefacts from the era. So in all, a must visit if you are in the area. But make sure you purchase the audio guide, it was only a euro and essential as all the signage is in French.
Built on a rock outcrop, Belvès boasts a breathtaking view of the Nauze Valley. It’s a fortified village dated back from the 11th century with a typical bastide layout and centre, and a preserved 15th century covered market hall. Despite the invasions and the wars, it has kept numerous vestiges of its heritages.
One of them are the troglodyte dwellings. Unique in Périgord, these 8 houses carved in the rock were the peasants’s refuge from the 13th to the 18th century are quite fascinating. The 45 mins tour guided will give you an insight of what was life like during medieval time and brings to life the history of this place.
Tickets sold in the Tourism Office and meeting point at the square Entrance fees : adults (5,50euros) children (2,50 euros) No pushchairs or buggies Tours start at 11am, 3pm and 4pm for a minimum of 4 people and max of 18.
14- Learn about our ancestors: Lascaux 4 caves (Montignac)
The International Centre for Cave Art (Lascaux IV) opened in December 2016 at the foot of the Lascaux hill is a must see if you’re visiting the Dordogne.
Book online your english tour: https://goo.gl/uJS23e Entrance Fees: 17€ for over 13, 11€ for children 5-12
15- Canoe past picturesque villages
Travel along the majestic Dordogne river and enjoy spectacular views (gorges, towering chateaux, fields of sunflowers, kingfishers, martins, and much more).
16- Revisit your childhood in Bridoire Castle (Ribagnac)
Not like any other castle, this place is nicknamed “The Castle of the Games” because numerous games from the Medieval period have been meticulously researched and brought together for the amusement of the visitors (archery, giant chess game, costume tent where one can get dressed as a typical knight….).
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)
Summer in the Dordogne is always busy and there are always plenty of things to see and do !
One of our favorite is the Summer Night Market or Foodie Market (“Marche Gourmand”). If you’re in the area, it’s the best way to spend a brillant evening feasting on local food, freshly cooked in front of you and dance to your heart’s content.
It’s a very popular event and it’s no wonder it’s one of the highlight of our village, Beaumont du Périgord (Dordogne, SW of France) !
Every monday at 6.30pm, simply walk up the street from our vacation rental home to the market square, the beating heart of our village, to mingle with the locals and share an fantastic evening. Grab one of the tables which are set up and walk around the market stalls to buy directly from the local producers whatever you fancy for supper. Market traders provide everything from wine, starters, cooked meals (Lamb kebabs, duck sausages, mussels, black pudding, lamb chops.simple sausages or steaks, with chips naturally..). and deserts (yummy freshly picked strawberries….)and each supply the appropriate plastic cups or cutlery. There is something for all tastes. So you can choose your meal and take it back to the table and enjoy dining under the stars, al frescoe with music by a local band.
The Riding School CEPB is also present at the square to delight little ones with its pony rides! It’s a fun way to discover the cobbled streets of our village!
You’ll find similar Night Markets all around The Dordogne. Here’s a list of the villages (Note: the list below may be subject to change so please do check with the local Office de Tourisme – Source: https://goo.gl/ZP7zsn)
Monday Beaumont-du-Perigord, Couse et St Front, Bergerac, Montignac, Saint-Alvere, Saint-Estephe, Villefranche-du-Perigord
Tuesday Bouzic, Champniers et Reilhac, Coux et Bigaroque, Eymet, Le Pizou, Saint-Amand-de-Coly, Saint-Astier, Saint Alvere, Thenon, Tourtoirac, Tremolat Varaignes
Are you suffering from the winter blues also called the Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) ? Here’s 3 tips for boosting your energy, mood, and outlook on life!
1- Walking: It’s no secret, walking is good to lift the mood! In Dordogne, you’ll find lots of easy family friendly walks. The latest walk we did was in Mescoules, a 4,4km trail (“Boucle De Grand Champ) using the free app randogps. This hike has everything you want: easy enough for the whole family, lots of open spaces with woods, vineyards, family lands… and if you’re lucky like us, you’ll spot 7 deers running accross the fields! More details: Tuto (french) how to download on your android phone & use the free app randogps: https://goo.gl/65nMu3 Mescoules hike (4,4km) : https://goo.gl/t59oss
2- Fitness & Fun: What about exercise that isn’t exercise? If like me you’re not a big fan of fitness…. at all….pop in Pombonne Park in Bergerac and try the brand new fitness trail which features 8 fitness stations (270m long)! Available for free use all year round … it’s a great way to stay in good shape, try new exercises without having to go to a gym or enjoy fitness challenges between families and friends. More details: https://goo.gl/dnGZxj
3- Treating Yourself To A Warm Healthy Hot Drink: What better way to enjoy winter than cozying up with a nice, hot cup of something delicious and healthy? A trip to our favorite coffee shop in Monpazier, Café Ecureuil, is garanteed to bring a spring in your step! They are now launching 3 new hot drinks to keep you warm and healthy: j matcha latte (green: detoxifies and calms the mind) beetroot latte (pink: improves blood flow and lower blood pressure) and tumeric latte (yellow: fights inflammation and protects the heart)! More details: Open every day except on friday Address: Place des Cornieres, Monpazier Facebook: https://goo.gl/D5bVQA
4- Plan Your Summer Vacation In Dordogne: What better way to fight the winter blues than to plan and look forward your next family/friends getaway in Dordogne. Need help? We’ll be happy to welcome you at L’Ancienne Ecole, our holiday rental in the heart of the historic village of Beaumont du Perigord.