Vézère and Dordogne Rivers

Walking in France: Vezere and Dordogne

A week of river-walking on the Vézère and Dordogne rivers from Terrasson to Lalinde.

The area is full of delights, not least of which is the evidence of prehistoric civilisation that is to be seen all around. Those prehistoric people knew what they were doing, settling in this area, with its  rich forests, abundant rivers and mild climate. Nowadays there are also mediaeval villages, fortified churches and extra attractions of the gastronomic kind.

This was part of a longer walk that we did in 2005. We did it after a particularly gruelling three weeks in western France, which may explain why we had so many rest days on this expedition.

Getting to Terrasson-Lavilledieu

A local train (TER) runs regularly between Brive-la-Gaillarde and Périgueux that stops at Terrasson-Lavilledieu. Mainline SNCF trains run to both of these stations from Gare d’Austerlitz in Paris.

Our route for this walk

Day 1: Terrasson-Lavilledieu to Montignac

Rest day: Montignac

Day 2: Montignac to St-Léon-sur-Vézère

Day 3: St-Léon-sur-Vézère to les Ezyies

Rest day: Les Ezyies

Day 4: Les Ezyies to le Bugue

Day 5: Le Bugue to Trémolat

Day 6: Trémolat to Lalinde

This map shows accommodation icons for each night. Zoom in on a particular icon to see its precise location.

You can also see this map using Google Earth and take a virtual flight along our route.

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