Walking in the Dordogne

35 walking routes in the Dordogne - Sarlat, Bergerac, Lalinde and Souillac

By Janette Norton, Alan Norton, Pamela Harris

This guidebook describes 35 walking routes in France's beautiful Dordogne region, based around Sarlat and Souillac regions (Perigord Noir) and Bergerac (Perigord Poupre). The walks range from short walks to mountain circuits, and explore the spectacular gorges, chateaux and medieval villages of the region.



Any time of the year, but either May and June (also good for flowers), or September and October (for the grape harvest) are best. High summer is very hot and crowded.


Bergerac and Lalinde in Perigord Poupre; Sarlat in Perigord Noir; and Souillac in the Lot.


35 straightforward half and full-day walks for all abilities, on well-marked paths or roads. Graded easy or medium, with no steep ascents or descents.
Must See

Must See

The Dordogne river with dramatic horseshoe meanders and quiet stretches for boat trips on traditional gabarres; the cliffs of the Vézère with caves and overhangs where early man made his home; the arid causses and subterranean gauffres in the south; medieval castles and towns, Renaissance-style chateaus, Romanesque churches.
12 Feb 2018
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.5cm
  • Overview

    Guidebook to 35 half-day and day walks in France's beautiful Dordogne region, based around Bergerac, Lalinde, Sarlat and Souillac (Lot). The walks, which range from 6 to 18.5km, take in the region’s myriad delights, from spectacular gorges to enchanting chateaux and charming medieval villages. All walks are within the capacity of the average walker, and are on well-marked paths or quiet roads. They are graded easy or medium; there are no long, steep climbs or abrupt descents.

    There are step-by-step descriptions and maps for each route. Also included is information on the history, flora and fauna of the region, together with practical pointers such as what to take and when to go, as well as notes on waymarking, accommodation and transport. A route summary table and glossary are also provided.

    Lying in south west France, the Dordogne is a land of great scenic variety, from rolling wooded hills and fertile valleys to barren upland plateaus and limestone cliffs riddled with caves. The charm of the Dordogne also lies in the picturesque medieval towns, châteaux, churches and abbeys that stud the landscape, and these are the focus of many of the walks.

  • Contents

    The Dordogne river
    A short history of the Dordogne
    Plants and flowers
    How to get there
    When to go
    Food and drink
    What to take
    Using this guide
    Around Bergerac
    Walk 1 Along the river at Bergerac
    Walk 2 The vineyards of Monbazillac
    Walk 3 Flaugeac to the Château de Bridoire
    Walk 4 Around Monestier
    Walk 5 Round the Lac de l’Escourou
    Walk 6 Boucle d’Issigeac
    Walk 7 The Conne river valley
    Walk 8 Boucle de St-Aubin
    Walk 9 St-Georges-de-Montclard
    Around Lalinde
    Walk 10 St-Félix-de-Villadeix
    Walk 11 Couze to the Château de Lanquais
    Walk 12 The heights and river at Lalinde
    Walk 13 Above Mauzac
    Walk 14 The Cingle de Trémolat
    Walk 15 Limeuil and the Vézère river
    Walk 16 Above the Abbey of Cadouin
    Walk 17 Beaumont and the Rocher du Corbeau
    Walk 18 Monpazier and the Château de Biron
    Around Sarlat
    Walk 19 Around les Eyzies
    Walk 20 Along the Vézère river
    Walk 21 Boucle de Coulonge at Montignac
    Walk 22 Around St-Geniès
    Walk 23 St-Crépin and Carlucet
    Walk 24 Les Jardins d’Eyrignac
    Walk 25 South of the Château des Milandes
    Walk 26 Le Chemin de Cazenac from Beynac
    Walk 27 Around la Roque-Gageac
    Walk 28 The bastide town of Domme
    Walk 29 Boucle de Veyrignac
    Around Souillac (Lot)
    Walk 30 Gourdon and the Bléou valley
    Walk 31 Roc des Monges from Saint-Sozy
    Walk 32 Martel to Mont Mercou
    Walk 33 Rocamadour and the mills of the Alzou Gorge
    Walk 34 Alvignac and the Source Salmière
    Walk 35 The Gouffre de Padirac and Causses de Quercy

    Appendix A Route summary table
    Appendix B Useful information
    Appendix C Glossary of French words

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    July 2019

    Walking in the Dordogne, Walk 33 - Rocamadour.
    (modified start, from Grant Cameron)

    There is a change to the start of the walk because a new car park has been built. You still turn left onto the D673/A20 and start to walk out of town. The new car park is on your right, just after the end of housing, and now you turn right just before the sign (which has been moved) indicating the end of Rocamadour. This is in fact what would have been the second turn on the right as shown on the sketch map (and in the IGN2136 map) where the roads drew a small triangle. The first road on the right has now been removed by the car park. Turn right off the D673 then take a slight left onto the road signed to Gare SNCF. The rest of the description is excellent.

  • Reviews
    Without the book we would not have ventured where we did so well worth the purchase.

    Bought this book as staying for a few days in Carennac on the Dordogne river and looking for details of possible walks around that area. We also bought the IGN map (#2136) that covers the area and the two worked well together. We did two walks and the detailed descriptions, particularly of the beginning of the walks, were very helpful. A number of the walks describe existing local routes which are very well signed with coloured markers on trees, boulders etc. In particular the GR routes are very well signed so it leads to relaxed walking as you know you are on the right path. Timing of the walks also tied up very well with our pace. Without the book we would not have ventured where we did so well worth the purchase. We will keep hold of it for future trips too.

    Grant, by email

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Janette Norton

Janette Norton lived in France, near Geneva, for over 30 years with her physicist husband, Alan, raising four children and working in the marketing field. Her love of mountain walking dated from the time she was a guide in her twenties, and the proximity of the Alps and Jura to her home inspired her to continue her passion. After her children grew up, she branched out to explore other areas of France.

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Alan Norton

Alan Norton studied Physics at Edinburgh and Oxford Universities before moving to Geneva to work at CERN on Particle Physics research. Since retirement, he has continued to participate in CERN experiments as a professor at the Italian University of Ferrara. As leisure activities, he has completed many mountain running events at the rear of the field, and helped Janette with walking and map preparation for her guides.

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Pamela Harris

Pamela Harris

Pamela Harris graduated from Reading University and then moved to Switzerland, where she taught English and Classical studies at international schools in the Geneva area. A long-time member of both the Alpine Club and the Swiss Alpine Club, she has walked and climbed extensively in the mountains of Europe and the Himalayas, and organises walking holidays in both areas for these clubs.

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