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Dordogne – 4 nights

  • 7 Night Route

    Price: from £1025
  • 6 Night Route

    Price: from £935
  • 5 Night Route

    Price: from £880
  • 4 Night Route

    Price: from £785

Classic France in the beautiful Dordogne valley

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Beautiful Beaulieu on the serene Dordogne

Beautiful Beaulieu on the serene Dordogne

Rocamadour, clinging to the limestone cliffs

Rocamadour, clinging to the limestone cliffs

A sleepy afternoon in Autoire

A sleepy afternoon in Autoire

A pretty country track

A pretty country track



Mist in the valley

Mist in the valley

Loubressac, one of the 'plus beaux villages'

Loubressac, one of the 'plus beaux villages'

The imposing fortress of Castelnau-Bretenoux

The imposing fortress of Castelnau-Bretenoux

The Dordogne at Meyronne

The Dordogne at Meyronne

Cliff-top chateau at Belcastel

Cliff-top chateau at Belcastel

Price: from £785
Nights: 4
Walk: 4¼-5¼ hr/day

Loved all of it. So glad to go at a quiet time of the year and to a less popular/well known part of the Dordogne.

All the villages were a revelation to me - those we stayed in and those we walked through. Just gorgeous.

Ann Shirtcliff, Crickhowell, Wales - June 2022

The transit of the luggage worked brilliantly and being able to rely on this made a big difference. The same goes for the walking notes which were supremely reliable.

The most rewarding aspect was the vast variety of experiences crammed into a week - scenery, hotels, and great gastronomic experiences.

Alexander MacIntyre, Aberdeen, UK - May 2022

Auberge du Vieux Port - Lovely place overlooking the river. The proprietor was charming and the dinner was superb, especially the flaming pudding.

Caroline Croft, London, UK - April 2022

We loved the whole thing, being able to get away and have a change of scene. I love the high limestone plateau with the oak, chestnut, beech and maple woods - such beautiful colours at this time of year.

Good walking on some beautiful paths through attractive countryside and pretty villages.

Nick & Diana Brewer, Norwich, UK - October 2021

We can't say enough positive about Emily Stokely!!!

Every time we needed any support from Emily during the walk she was there for us and went above and beyond to provide whatever we needed. We'd give her 7 stars on a 1-5 scale!!

Bill Cook, USA - October 2021

We have always wanted to take a walking trip and appreciated the independent reviews that you make available.

We also found it appealing that you clearly only offer trips on routes that you really know and routes where you have a good local contact. That was of great value in our decision to use On Foot and proved to be a real asset during the trip itself.

Laura Gates, Alexandria, USA - October 2021

The trip was marvelous in that it allowed us to explore intimately a small region of France, a region which neither of us had ever been to before.

Following country lanes, farm tracks and forested trails was lovely, as was being transported back in time to medieval villages and fortified castles.

Victoria Seton, St Lazare, Canada - September 2021

What we liked most was the wonderful walking - one of the best On Foot holidays we've enjoyed in this respect - because nearly all the walking was on footpaths and very little on roads, and the countryside was quite beautiful. As an added bonus, it being autumn, the fruit was literally dropping off the trees - apples, plums and we sated ourselves on ripe figs!

The distances each day and the balance between easy, medium and slightly harder were well explained and easily managed (given that we are probably rather older than the average On Footer).

Jane Irons, Lewes, UK - September 2019

The walking route was terrific. It was varied in the terrain and in the vegetation we passed through. The Hotel Pont de l'Ouysse provided the perfect end to our holiday. The setting was beyond beautiful and the meal was fabulous.

Our holiday with On Foot was much more than we ever expected. Thank you.

Rob and Daveda Foster, Sunshine Coast, Canada - September 2019

Absolutely outstanding holiday - thank you!

The quality of the materials we were sent for the walk was fantastic, the maps and clear instructions took out any frustration or concerns about getting lost. Emily as our point of contact was great, well done for such an enjoyable, well varied walk.

Tracy Refson, Wells, UK - May 2019

More independent feedback
Self-guided walking holiday in the Dordogne (4 night) with On Foot Holidays

At a glance

Dordogne 4-night version (missing Port de Gagnac but more especially, Rocamadour). Add extra nights in Beaulieu, Carennac or Meyronne. See 'Prices' tab for what's included.

How much walking?

Full days: 16¼-22½km per day, 4¼-5¼ hrs walking
Using shortening options: 8-13km per day, 1½-3 hrs walking

Max. Grade:

Hills and valleys, vineyards, bridges and chateaux

The River Dordogne, beloved of travellers for decades, courses its way from the Massif Central to the Atlantic at Bordeaux, and passes through some of the most beautiful countryside in France. Each section has its own character, but the stretch we have chosen reflects that variety, giving the walker a taste of the Middle Dordogne landscape in all its forms.

From the start at Beaulieu, where the wide river flows gently through the water meadows outside the old town, our route climbs into the hills above, with fine views and bucolic countryside on each of the walking days.

Stay in traditional inns and small hotels, many of them riverside, including a former château. And being France, the food is exceptional, with a lot of local specialities. The wines from the area are gaining a reputation too, and are worth exploring!

The walking is graded medium, but with built-in shortening options for those who would like to walk the route at a more leisurely pace.

Walked by On Foot staff: Simon and Debbie

REVIEWS: For independent walker reviews of this route submitted to the Association of Independent Tour Operators visit

ARTICLES: Read an article about On Foot’s Dordogne holiday on our blog here.

TRAVEL ADVICE: To find the latest travel advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office for UK citizens travelling to France, click here. Citizens of other nations will also find it useful, but should always check their appropriate local agency.

COVID-19 SAFETY PRECAUTIONS: Please read our summary of current regulations.

Route Highlights

  • The limpid waters of the Dordogne middle reaches
  • Castelnau castle
  • The Autoire waterfall  and clifftop walk
  • Medieval fortified villages

This route features the following characteristics and interests: Villages and farms, Drive to route, Food, History

We Recommend

Extra nights in Beaulieu, Carennac, and Meyronne for relaxation.

Eating and drinking

While the general standard of meals throughout the route is good, special mention should be made of the dinners provided by our hosts at Carennac (Petite Auberge) and Meyronne (La Terrasse) and, if your itinerary includes it (6- and 7-night routes only), the possibility of lunch at a starred Michelin restaurant in Belcastel.

How much Walking?

Full days: 16¼-22½km per day, 4¼-5¼ hrs walking
Using shortening options: 8-13km per day, 1½-3 hrs walking

The paths are mainly waymarked, are well looked after, though careful attention still needed to your route directions.

Medium-Hard: Average cumulative uphill stretches (CUSs) 650m (430m-745m) per day.

Easy-Medium: CUSs 325m (150m-420 m) per day using taxi shortening options (pay locally) most days.

GPX file available for handheld GPS or smartphone App for complete route.

Important note: Times given for each day are  walking times for an “average” walker and exclude stops. “CUSs” stands for “Cumulative Uphill Stretches” and measures the aggregated ascents in each day, expressed in metres of climb. See “Walk Grading” for more information.


When to go?

The best months to walk: April, May, June, September, October

Other possible months: early July, August (very end)

Enjoy the Dordogne in April, May and June for the spring flowers and in September and October for the golden autumn warmth. Route not available between mid-July and late August.  Please note that stays in Port de Gagnac are not possible on a Sunday night.

Start Dates


Weather Chart


Temperature and rainfall in Rocamadour


About the Route

Day 1 - Arrival day

Arrive and settle into your accommodation.  Wander around the town to check out a restaurant for the evening, and perhaps enjoy an aperitif ...

Day 2 - Port de Gagnac to Autoire (or Loubressac)

A delightful day visiting the village of Glanes, walking through the vineyards of the Coteaux de Glanes and up to the majestic castle of Castelnau (we recommend delaying your start if you want to catch the opening times – see below), before winding along the Autoire valley to its eponymous historic village and your next accommodation in a traditional inn. (Easy-medium: 4¼ hrs, 18 km, CUSs 430m)  (If our accommodation in Autoire is full, we will book our lovely hotel in Loubressac, which adds another 1.5 hrs to your day … but of course that makes the next day’s walk 1.5 hours shorter!)

Alternative:  Ride with the luggage to Castelnau (saving 2¾ hrs) – €15 supplement payable direct to driver.

Day 3 - Autoire (or Loubressac) to Carennac

Today’s scenic walk takes you to a dramatic waterfall, then out of the Autoire valley and up to a fine clifftop walk before descending to the pretty and historic village of Loubressac, which demands a ramble around the old part before continuing on (perhaps after a coffee at Le Cantou’s excellent restaurant).  The second part takes you through pretty countryside with views out over the Dordogne valley, to the lovely village of Gintrac, before a final ascent and then descent to Romanesque Carennac. (Medium-hard: 4½ hrs, 16¼ km, CUSs 745m)

Alternatives: Either travel with the luggage as far as Loubressac (supplement of €15) (thereby missing the cascade, but also a steep climb up!) or all the way to Carennac.

Day 4 - Carennac to Meyronne

A long (if done in full), beautifully varied day starting and ending with two very different aspects of the Dordogne, and leading through woods and wide-open countryside, over the limestone plateau and into small villages.  There’s a lot of ground to cover, but there’s also a lot of opportunity for striding out over easy paths and tracks. (Medium-hard: 5½ hrs, 22½ km, CUSs 735m)

Alternatives: Lift with the luggage to Floirac (saving 2¼ hrs) or even Montvalent (saving 4 hrs). Supplement of €15 payable to the driver.

Departure from Meyronne

Leave for home – or have a second night in this congenial accommodation to enjoy their hospitality and relax by the river (or even by the pool, in season).  If not, though, your taxi will take you to Souillac train station, unless you have booked an airport or other transfer (supplement).

Travel Information


Four airports serve the route – Brive is the nearest, but quite seasonal; Bordeaux is possible too; Toulouse is the furthest, but may have the best choice of flights; Bergerac, a little further, is very seasonal, and will need a taxi transfer all the way (it’s not a cheap option).  Alternatively, fly into one of the Paris airports and take the train as far as Brive la Gaillarde, where our (included) taxi will pick you up.  Intercontinental journeys use Paris.

Land by: Bordeaux 13:00; Toulouse 15:00; Bergerac no limit – taxi needed all the way; Brive no limit – supplement for taxi extension from airport.

Return flight earliest (for public transport options):  Bordeaux 19:00 (but earlier with taxi to Brive rather than Souillac – supplement); Toulouse 12:00 (with very early start from Rocamadour); Bergerac no limit – taxi needed all the way;  Brive no limit – supplement for taxi extension to airport.

No limit if opting to take a taxi all the way.

Flight information can change rapidly and not all flights run daily. Please do check directly with the airlines’ websites or Skyscanner (see below) before finalising any booking with us. Do not book your flights until we have confirmed that we have provisionally reserved accommodation for you.

For up-to-date schedules and flights from all airports check Skyscanner.

See “Getting to the start of the walk” below for transfer information.


Nearest railway station:

Start: Bretenoux-Biars (nearest, but limited number of trains, so the holiday cost includes a taxi from Brive).
Finish: Souillac – holiday cost includes taxi from Rocamadour (or Meyronne) to Souillac station

Sample journey by rail:

Via Paris: Gare d’Austerlitz to Brive ~4½ hrs

Souillac to Paris: direct to Paris ~5 hrs

We suggest for times, ticket booking and other information.


Leave your car at the start of the route in a public car park in Beaulieu (no charge).  Taxi back at end.


Getting to the start of the walk

The first hotel is in Beaulieu, and the last in Rocamadour, or Meyronne for shorter versions.  Transfer times and methods are suggested for the three nearest airports below.  For train arrival transfers see below.


Outward: Pre-booked taxi from airport to Beaulieu (included).
Return: Pre booked taxi (included) to Souillac (15 mins), train to Brive (30 mins), taxi off train station rank to airport – allow 1-1½ hours.


Outward: shuttle bus to main station, train to Brive, pre-booked taxi from there to Beaulieu.

Return: pre-booked taxi Rocamadour to Souillac station (included); train to Bordeaux; shuttle bus to airport – allow 3 hours.


Outward: shuttle bus to main station, train to Brive, pre booked taxi from there to Beaulieu.
Return: pre-booked taxi Rocamadour to Souillac station (included); train to Toulouse; shuttle bus to airport – allow 4+ hours unless arranging for the pre-booked taxi to take you to Brive.


Needs taxi all the way in both directions.

Train station transfers:
Outward:  Pre-booked taxi from agreed arrival point (supplement for stations other than Brive)
Return: Taxi to Souillac station (included).  Supplement for stations other than Souillac.

Full transfer advice, including timetables, is provided in your Walkers’ Pack.  Contact us if you would like additional pre-booking information. For pre-bookable taxi prices see “Prices”.

Where You'll Stay

The Dordogne is a popular holiday destination, and as such, there is a good variety of hotels and B&Bs – some very simple, such as those at Port de Gagnac and Autoire, others more sophisticated, such as those in Loubressac and Meyronne. Do consider an upgrade in Beaulieu or Rocamadour, or perhaps upgrade to a tower room or suite in Meyronne.

All accommodations have ensuite bathrooms and WiFi.  Only Le Turenne (upgrade) in Beaulieu, La Terrasse in Meyronne, and the Beau Site (upgrade) in Rocamadour have aircon.

Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne – Hôtel Les Flots Bleus (B&B)

Night 1

Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne – Hôtel Les Flots Bleus (B&B)

Small riverside hotel with comfortable rooms and terrace restaurant.

Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne – Hôtel Le Turenne (B&B)

Night 1 (Upgrade)

Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne – Hôtel Le Turenne (B&B)

Chic modernity in a lovely old townhouse.

Autoire – Auberge de la Fontaine (B&B)

Night 2

Autoire – Auberge de la Fontaine (B&B)

Renovated 18th century house in a historic village.

Meyronne – La Terrasse (dinner, B&B)

Night 4

Meyronne – La Terrasse (dinner, B&B)

A touch of glamour at this riverside castle with pool.


Price: from £785 for 4 nights

Total 4 nights in double/twin room, all breakfasts, 2 picnics and 2 evening meals, luggage transfers between all hotels on walking route; taxi from Brive railway station at start to Beaulieu, and from Meyronne at end to Souillac railway station; full Walkers Pack with route directions, maps, transfer and background information; local telephone support.

All prices are per person unless otherwise indicated, and are based on a standard booking in May. Prices may vary seasonally and a fixed price will be given to you before you commit.

Single Room Supplement (SRS): From £175
Lone Traveller Additional Supplement (LTAS): From £230
Large Party Saving (LPS): Groups of more than 2 people (on an identical itinerary, on the same booking and booked at the same time) – discount of at least £45 per person
Maximum party size: 10


Add Ons

Extra nights possible throughout the route: Contact On Foot for ideas and prices

Pre-booked taxisa taxi from Brive railway station to Beaulieu sur Dordogne and from your final hotel back to Souillac railway station is included in your holiday price – if you would like to come from or go back to another town, ask us for a quote.

Arrange locally: Local taxi as required

Sending Walkers Packs to addresses outside the UK:  £10-£40 (per pack, location dependent)

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Emily Stokely

This particular part of France has been part of Emily’s life since she was a little girl holidaying here with her parents. It was one of the first places she visited after meeting Jeremy and as keen outdoors enthusiasts, they spent many subsequent holidays discovering the area on foot and by bicycle. In 2005 they decided to move here with their young family in order to build a house, and now live in the hills above Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne where they run a small business managing holiday houses.

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