What to do when not riding
Why not give the bike a rest and join us for some trail running through the fantastic local countryside, woodland, along rivers and streams, passing chateaux’s and around lakes. Another great form of fitness out in the open air.
Dordogne is beautiful, with it’s breathtaking countryside, lakes, rivers and pretty quaint villages. We have prehistoric caves and sights, impressive châteaux, castles and medieval towns. With plenty to do and see when your not cycling.
Local Swimming Lakes
We have seven lovely, safe, swimming lakes nearby with man made clean beaches and grassed play areas. The lakes have designated swimming area’s with separate sectioned off area for non-swimmers and younger children. All these lakes are life guarded in the summer months. All have free parking and toilet facilities, most even have café/restaurants. Some of these lake have diving platforms, canoe’s, kayaks and pedalo’s and children’s play area’s.
On 10 June 1944, the village of Oradour-sur-Glane in Haute-Vienne in then Nazi-occupied France was destroyed, when 642 of its inhabitants, including women and children, were massacred by a Nazi Waffen-SS company. A new village was built nearby after the war, but French president Charles de Gaulle ordered the original village be maintained as a permanent memorial and Museum. A very sad but moving place to visit,
Bussiere Galant – Tree Park Adventure
The park has 7 courses with increasing difficulty (yellow, green, bleu, orange , red, black and ultra black), including about 70 games (bridges, tarzan ropes, climbing nets, zip wires…), enabling you to climb up to 12m high for the most reckless! The Espace Hermeline also has an activity for younger children, from 4 years old and a meter high, which enables them to discover new sensations on a unique course.
For those of you who are nocturnal, we can organize late nights with headlamps. Reservation only. Demanding little or no technique, this activity gives you an original access to the woodland. It enables you to discover the trees and their environment in a new way. It’s the ideal way of bringing together a fun activity and a natural environment. Exclusive in the Limousin! Have a sensational time crossing the lake on a TYROCABLE. Leave from a platform situated 23m above the water and slide down the 400m long cable to reach speeds which can go up to 70km/h.
For your comfort and safety, there are gloves and helmets at your disposal.
Bussiere Galant – Velorail
Discover the land of the Feuillardiers, perched on the velorail of Bussière-Galant. Situated on an ancient train track, it’s been made possible, since 1995, to make the most of this charming wooded region. On a machine from another time, experience a totally different style of cycling, go at your own pace for approx. two and a half hours you will cover six kilometers, crossing fields, hills and chestnut coppices.
Situated on the riverside of the Vienne, with original settlements that date back to Roman times, the city is known for it’s fine porcelain and painted enamelware, cultural activities and botanical gardens. The city has celebrated it’s 2000th anniversary and is rich in cultural history with many museums, symphonies and theatres. Porcelain and fine china was developed in the 18th century out of enamel work which began in the middle ages. Visit the many shops and tour the working factories.
Known as Little Venice, an historic medieval market town where the rivers Dordogne and Drone meet to surround the town. With its boutiques, restaurants, cáfes and bars where you can relax and watch the activities on the rivers. Every Friday is market day. Canoeing is very popular here, well recommended for a visit.
Throughout the year you will find many different fête, any excuse to have a party and meal, French people will celebrate the mushroom (fête de champignon), bison (fête de bison), chestnuts (fête de châtaigne) etc. Something different if you really want to get into the French way of life and you are all made to feel very welcome.
- Good restaurants and auberges
- Beautiful picturesque French villages
- Supermarkets and caves (for the wine)
- Grottes and Caves
- Country Walks
- Horse Riding
- Attraction Park
- Many traditional French markets and night markets
- Fishing Lakes and Rivers