Dordogne advice

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  1. Pikeman

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    Hi Folks,

    We are planning a trip next May to The Dordogne for two weeks. Because our time is limited I need your advice on must places to go/see, sites to stay at, aires to use there and on the way down.

    Ok everyone let me have it! :thumb: :Smile: :Wink:

    Keith
     
  2. MikeandCarolyn

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    Hi there,you could try entering 'Dordogne' into the Forum search engine-there is a plethera of posts on the subject.

    Mike
     
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    We can recommend Brantome and Perigrieux good aires at both, Brantome highly recommended it is stunning and a good big market on a Friday. Perigrieux Aire is on the river side, 15 min walk along it to the town and the old town is worth a visit. :thumb:
     
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    Brantome is great-such fun to watch the French leaving around 0800hrs and returning after the guy has been round to collect the fee. :BigGrin:
     
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    A taster of Brantome for you the second one shows the market much bigger than can be seen. :thumb:
     

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    You could always stay at Parc Verger, which is close to the edge of the Dordogne. Within an hour of here are Perigueux, Brantome, the weekly market at Piegut, Angouleme, the martyr village of Oradour sur Glane, the city of Limoges, the mediaeval town of St Yrieix la Perche, and so many other locations you'll need to come back to see them all. And you'll be within about 30 seconds of KSE Bruce:Rofl1::Rofl1:

    Wherever you decide to stay, have a great time - this is a beautiful area.
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    Just got back from first time visit to the Dordogne 2 weeks ago. I totally agree about the comments re: Brantome, only got a couple of hours in Perigeux but what we saw of the old town was lovely.
    I'd recommend visiting Belves and Domme, both are Bastides & superbly located not only for the place themselves but for the stunning views of the Dordogne countryside. We then went on to La Roque-Gageac (excellent Aire on edge of Village & next to a Canoe hire place) this is great for canoeing down the river & getting picked up & returned by bus - I can highly recommend this superb Chateauxs clinging to the cliffs as you paddle along! not forgetting La Roque which is beautiful.
    Sarlat is not far from here and I'd say another must see. As you are going out of the main season I would suggest you use the ACSI book & card to get discounts on Campsites which are superb.
    Hope you enjoy it, I think there is a strong chance of us returning next Year.:thumb:
     
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    Sorry forgot to mention, we decided to do the journey over a couple of days each way & use non toll roads but that's very much an individual choice. I must say that I enjoyed travelling at a steady pace taking in the French countryside, towns & Villages.
    We stopped at Chartres ACSI site 1403 and an Aire just below Poitiers going and coming back Chateauroux and Boulogne (wouldn't particularly recommend)
    All the Aires France book (www.vicariousbooks.co.uk) was very helpful & highly recommended.
     
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    We did that last may. But from up river towards the sea. Started near Bort Les Orgues near the upper of 6? Huge Dams. There is a small Aire free right in the town. We then wandered west for a couple of days on empty roads never meeting another MH or Brit. Wonderfull. The dams in the upper gorges are quite breathtaking and well worth the trouble. Wildlife also worth a look being a less populated region than the lower more popular region.
    When we got to near Tulle and found a few MH's we turned south to Cahors and the Lot turning east back up the river.
    IMO I prefer the Lot but all to their own. Been before and would go back but not to the lower reaches. Too many brits by far.
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    We've recently stayed on the aires at La Roque-Gageac (described above) and Les Eyzies de Tayac Sirieul which is the prehistoric rock shelter capital of France, housing both their National Museum of Prehistory and the PIP Museum. The best prehistoric site to visit within easy walking distance of the aire is Abri Pataud, where the archaeological site layers have all been preserved. Don't be fooled by its outward appearance of a large concrete and tin shed - inside is quite fascinating, if you like that sort of thing.

    We would happily visit both aires again, and plan to return to the area next Easter. The main thing to be aware of in the Dordogne is that the public transport is lousy or non existent, which limits your range a bit once parked on an aire. If you want to commute to some of the other cave sites you might be better off staying on a campsite. Also - to visit the Font de Gomme cave, one of the few with original cave art on display, you have to book months in advance.

    At Cahors there's free overnight MH parking at the Saint Georges car park just south of the bend in the river, and a very compact aire/service area round the corner. Free shuttle buses run from just opposite the parking. Apart from the Medieval bridge, there's also a rather unique French Resistance Museum in the town that's free entry.
     
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    Wishing your life away.

    I keep making this mistake, you plan and scheme and plan for a year then when it finally happens it's all over in a blink.

    If you find the cure let me know.
     
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    Good advice, a never to be forgotten experience.

    I was given this advice by a parking warden in Stockport in 1980, really nice chap when handing out holiday advice instead of tickets.
     
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    Question re Rocamadour - never been, always fancied it ever since Arthur Eperon told me about it on the BBC Holiday Show one winter Sunday in pre-history !

    It's precipitous, yes? So can you actually get anywhere near the place in a MH? Or are there 'arrangements' for access from t' bottom of t'hill ?
     
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    We parked at the bottom.
     

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    We were last there in May and got parked at the Roche d'Aigles (bird of prey sanctuary) car park for free.:thumb:
     
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    Big thank you to all the feed-back on this subject. I knew you lot would have the info. Anymore input gratefully accepted!

    Keith :thumb:
     
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    Well that picture certainly answers my question, doesn't it? I spy with my litle eye, one motorhome.

    Thanks Jim!
     
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