Camping in the dordogne

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  1. Sue

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    Booked the shuttle for May next year and really need advice about where to stay. We went this year, but felt the campsites, although nice are too big and too commercial.
    Can anyone recommend sites that are small, pretty and not near a main road...anywhere in the dordogne...but we do want to walk and cycle so near good open country would be best....p.s we stayed at quite a few aires...but hope to,stay on one place for longer this year.
    Thanks in advance!
     
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    The main problem with cycling in the Dordogne is if it's not a busy main road winding down a river gorge then it's going to be steep narrow lanes, as we found out when our SatNav took us down a fair few in August! I hope you're feeling energetic. Don't know any sites that match your description as we've only used aires.
     
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    I reckon your solution is to browse the Municipals. Rarely huge sites and frequently tucked away in quiet spots.
    This one was OK when I last visited a couple of years ago:

    ST JULIEN DE LAMPON - Camping Municipal Bourniou
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    As GW says, the municipal sites are good. I have been using them for the last several years (when tugging (I know)). There is a useful website just type in camping municipal org and you can use the map. The time of year you indicate is the low season and I am confident you will not be disappointed.

    Clive
     
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    Early last May we stayed at a campsite near Domme, Beau Rivage, you'll find it in the ACSI book. We didn't book, loads of space so no need. Sarlat is only 10 or 15 minutes away (terrible parking in Sarlat on market day). No public transport, Domme is possible as a long walk, there is an aires where you could park at the bottom of the hill. The hill is VERY steep. The nice English site rep gave us a lift into Domme, so we only had to back walk down the hill. It's well worth a visit. A nice walk over a hilly but beautiful vista to La Roque Gageac, a tourist area. (There's a good aires there, with public toilets, but it's 10 or 12 euros, might as will spend a few more for an ACSI site.) Don't try the walk in the heat of the day. Also a pleasant walk to Cenac, with a supermarket etc, there's direct access onto a lovely quiet country lane which is the bulk of the walk. We really enjoyed our stay there. And no Dordogne bities that time of year. We were bite free.

    But there are loads of campsites nearby, and you won't need to book. Just turn up and choose. Also endorse the municiples idea, almost always good enough, though never tried it in that area.
     
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    Touring France by caravan in 1999 we found a small site by the river.. we planed on a couple of nights, but ended up staying nearly two weeks..

    It is a lovely quiet and very peaceful place.. right on the river bank..

    We became friendly with the site manager and his partner, Dutchman called Bert, a lovely more laid back guy as you could ever wish to meet.. .. It is also a hire canoe station, and we helped with the canoes, in return we got free use of them..

    we always referred to it as 'Bert's site' Google Map

    I just noticed it now has a web site and new owners.. Camping la Champagne http://campinglachampagne.com/en

    It is truly a gem of a site.. keep it under your hat ..

    a few photos ..



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    If you want rural I can really recommend a site called "wanken tanken" it is in the acsi book and is about 25km north of Perigoux. Dutch run and very friendly communial meal in the evening if you want, a very good way to meet other campers of all nationalities. I think it was 12 euros p.n.

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    If you promise not to tell too many people and ensure that there is always a pitch for us, we will share our fave French campsite. It is a little run down and we don't claim that the facilities are the best but it is good enough for us. The views are great, 15 min walk to shops and the tariffs fair. It is right next to the river and a footpath / cycle path to the neighbouring villages and has a mix of shady and open pitches.. The owner is laid back but very nice - don't get stressed if he doesn't respond to your emails - he doesn't seem to get anxious about reservations although will reserve pitches with electricity if you really need it.

    There are posh campsites either side of this site but we are happy here http://perigordcamping.com but please don't tell too many people.
     
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    Another site we stayed at a couple of time near Domme was the one directly below the hill, can't think of the name for the mo. The most notable thing was we were there in September-ish, parked under walnut trees. Being a PVC, throughout the night was a loud "ke-dong" as the walnuts dropped. We got used to it, and came home with a beautiful crop of walnuts. As did everyone else on the site. Some people got up extra early to get the best choice. Not me!

    Anyone who makes a comment about nuts dropping - that was a long time ago!
     
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    If you don't mind going over the border into Lot we stayed at http://www.domainedebourrat.com/ it is a quiet site in the country with fantistic walks, cycling not so good unless you joint the mad Frenchmen on the roads. It is run by an English couple (friends of ours) we love it there. About 10 miles to Dordogne.
     
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    God! How could you!:)
     
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    There is a nice municipal site on the edge if the lake in Neuvic next to this nice big beach,
     

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    We have to slum it sometimes. I won't write anymore about the place as I don't know if peeps could cope with the loos there - they have been rocking for at least 5 years, maybe more and there aren't separate showers for men and women, just cubicles for who ever gets there first. Oh yeah, sometimes the river is a bit too cool to spend the day wallowing in the water and there isn't a swimming pool or bar or entertainment.
     
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    Have a look at Camping Le Port de Limeuil.

    Small tidy site with all you need for a great holiday in the country, right on the river.

    Very friendly staff.

    Trevor

    www.leportdelimeuil.com/en/
     
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    Looks lovely, is it possible to do so e good walks from here...without having to go on those terrible French D roads?
     
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    Are you trying to put people off?!
     
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    This is a very quiet site http://www.perdigat.com
    It is a few clicks from Limeuil which is on the Dordogne and a very pretty little town. The campsite is on a farm and there is a path from it to Limeuil along the banks of the Vezere, a tributary of the Dordogne. There is a site at Limeuil of course - see above. :)
     
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    Ha ha ha..no I meant about sharing the site..was a joke. We were there one glorious summer, yes its basic but nice. We went in July and got on all the municipals in the area, as we were touring. Kayaks on the river was hard work..fine when going with the tide..another thing altogether paddling against it!
     
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