Dordogne

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  1. Coopit

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    Hi. We are off to France on Monday 14th September for three weeks, fancy heading for the Dordogne area. We are in no hurry and drive about 2 hours a day, mainly using Aires and odd campsite. Only booked to Eurotunnel. Got All the Aires, Camperstop and Camping Card.

    I'm asking for your suggestions on places to visit and stay on route to and from Dordogne, doesn't matter if it over or under Paris; as may go one way and return the other. I have searched on here for places around the Dordogne, but if you have any must visits I'll add them to my list.

    We had a great response from funsters when we toured the Loire Valley in April.

    Look forward to your responses. Thanks in anticipation.
     
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    Brantome!!!
     
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  3. Hollyberry

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    If you want to see the Dronne valley, then Brantome has 2 Aires, both within easy walking distance of the town. You could travel towards Bourdeilles ( about 4 miles) Lovely, simple but very spacious Aire right by the river. Walk along the river bank to the little town. Couple of nice restaurants.
    If you like French markets Riberac's is on Friday and is the largest in the area. There's a free Aire on the outskirts. Few minutes walk to the market.
    It's an easy drive from Riberac to Bergerac. Wine museum with tastings in the town, looking into the Dordogne river.

    If you want a beautiful place to stop, look at Le aGrand Etang de La Jamaye ( between Riberac and Bergerac) very easy access, very beautiful, ( Etang does not do it justice!) I've wild camped there and been the only person there at night. In season there are 1000s of visitors, lifeguards, bars/ restaurants, free kayaks but when the kids go back to school it's much quieter.

    Or you can do the above in reverse, end at Brantome and continue on to Le Bugue, Sarlat and onto the prehistoric area.
     
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  4. Ivory55

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    Aubbetere is worth a visit , the aire is by the river and a short walk up to the village. It's about 20 mins from ribberac. It is where the underground church is.
     
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    I'd forgotten about Aubeterre! Well recommend a visit, lovely town, nice bars in the centre, sit under the trees in the central square. Underground church very interesting and the town is a known craft centre.
     
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    We will be in the dordogne when you are. We intend to be in the vezere valley area .. with possibly a stop over at Parc verger. Will look out for you!
    :cheers:
     
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    Definitely recommend Brantome and Sarlat. Stayed at both this year.
     
  8. Eeyore

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    St-Cirq Lapopie: there is a campsite alongside the river with an aire outside it. You can walk along the river and then up the hill to the village, which is gorgeous. I would not advise taking the van up there but it is done.

    Don't miss this museum and the incredible views from their gorgeous gardens:

    http://www.saint-cirqlapopie.co.uk/artists/rignault-museum

    Rocamadour: not to everyone's taste but we liked it. Again, several aires and campsites.
     
  9. Chockswahay

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    Well I've been looking for inspiration for our upcoming trip to France...............

    Dordogne it is then (y):merci:
     
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  10. Fenman

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    If you go to Rocamadour then visit the Rochers des Aigles up at the top. It's a wonderful bird sanctuary. Raptors of all sorts and a load of macaws. They do flight displays twice a day. Doesn't open until around 10/10.30 and the morning show is around 11.00. Wonderful.
    There's also a monkey sanctuary, down the bottom and take a left. Very good.
    And if your in Brantome the lovely market is on Fridays and Sarlat is on Saturdays.
     
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    Best check my mileage ... :cheers:
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    :rofl:
     
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    On a serious note .. Oradour-sur-glane is also worth visiting if you're passing. Nice aire too
     
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    Oi .......... cheeky ;)

    Yes, I have wanted to go there for a few years now.............. a plan is coming together :)
     
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    On a serious note .. Oradour-sur-glane is also worth visiting if you're passing. Nice aire too

    I will 2nd that, very worthy of a visit
     
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    3rd that but be prepared its a moving experience.
    And I was lead to believe the wrong village.
     
  16. Coopit

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    Thanks for all the responses so far and it's not even 3 hours since I posted. I sense this is going to be a very interesting trip.
     
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    Can I add Cahors ? A lovely little town with interesting bridge, a summer and autumn " hidden garden " trail, and a good campsite which is either cyclable, walkable or via free regular bus into town. Good local wine too !

    There is an aire but it is very small and always overful when we pass it. We've not been for some years so they might have built another one.
     
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    I second St-Cirq Lapopie, beautiful place, makes me think of Knights on chargers!
    There is a campsite, by the river, in Vers ( down road from Lapopie) there is also an Aire by the old Railway Station (disused) and you use the facilities in the campsite, Vers is interesting but not much there!
     
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    Blimey :eek: It's going to take longer to 'do' Dordogne that I thought :eek::eek:
     
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