Some of the best outdoor activities in the Dordogne
If you’re looking for an active holiday in the Dordogne then the area has a vast range of activities on offer. Here are just a few to wet your appetite, all within a short distance of your accommodation:
Canoeing and Kayaking in the Dordogne – The Dordogne is a mostly gentle river, suitable for all age groups. There are many companies along the Dordogne that provide all the equipment you will need, including two in Cenac.
Walking in the Dordogne and Lot – There are countless footpaths suitable for walks taking just an hour or up to a day to complete. Walks and maps can be found in local tourist offices, and there are also local walking clubs in the area who organise regular walking activities and welcome newcomers and holiday makers alike. Try the Sarlat Tourist Office or CazalRando, one of the active walking clubs.
Cycling in the Dordogne – France is the cycling centre of the world so it’s no surprise that there are many clubs and societies across the department that organise ride outs for all age groups which holiday makers are welcome to participate in. A popular option is the Green Way path from Sarlat to Cazoulès that goes the Dordogne valley, up to the edge of the Lot. You can download a map of the Green Way here. Cycle hire is available locally such as Aquitaine Bikes or Dordogne Cycle Hire.
Ballooning in the Dordogne – Flying over the Dordogne valleys, hills, meadows, villages and chateaux in a hot air balloon is an unforgettable experience. There are a number of operators in the area with different take-off points. For more information try Montgolfières du Périgord or Périgord Dordogne Montgolfières. There are others.
Horse Riding in the Dordogne – Many equestrian centres speak English and offer tuition if required. With some bridle ways over 1,000 kilometres set in beautiful countryside the Dordogne offers endless possibilities. Visit the Domme Tourist Office for more information.
Golf in the Dordogne – There are many excellent opportunities to play golf in the Dordogne. Nearby Siorac has two courses while a little further afield Souillac Golf and Country Club has 18 holes plus tennis courts, 9 swimming pools, and a restaurant and bar. For more information visit golf-dordogne-perigord.com.