- At a glance
- Locality & Walks
- Accommodation & Meals
- Travel options
Your Holiday at a Glance
|Independent Walking Holiday||
|Dates for 2020||
|Price 5 nights||
|Price 7 nights||
|Accommodation and Meals||
|What's not included||
Quieter side of Dordogne: Villages of Correze
On the edge of the Massif Central in France lies a beautiful undulating countryside of green pasture, forest and vines where pretty villages adorn the ridges and hilltops. The Correze is not as well known as the more frequented parts of Dordogne, but the villages have a varied character and charm, set in a countryside which changes with the geology, as limestone gives way to sandstone and then granite. Your self guided walking holiday starts near the local centre of Brive-la-Gaillarde and heads south east towards Beaulieu sur Dordogne, on the Dordogne River passing through the historic villages of Turenne, Collonges-la-Rouge and Curement all of which are classed as some of the prettiest villages in France.
You have the option of a 4-day, 5 night walking holiday finishing by the Dordogne river or a 6-day, 7 night trail which after 3 days back north to finish in the historic village of Aubazine. The shorter walking holiday (and first 3 days of the longer trail) criss-crosses through a narrow band of beautiful green scenery with a patchwork of fields interspersed with vines and woodland, bordered by a limestone plateau to the west and the rolling hills of the Massif Central to the East. In between the pretty villages there are numerous historic hamlets to add to the interest.
The longer version of our Correze walking holiday then climbs into the higher hills to the east where the valleys become more tortuous, the settlements more sparse and the woodland becomes more prominent. There are however plenty of open ridge tops from you get far reaching views across a mix of isolated farms and deserted valleys. You'll pass through a number of hilltop villages including your final destination of Aubazine where you can discover several historic sights including a 12th century irrigation canal.
Walks day by day
Day 1: Arrival
Transfer from Brive-la-Gaillard and welcome at your lovely hotel in the heart of Correze.
Day 2: Noailhac - Turenne
Gentle walk to start your holiday through rolling hills to the beautiful village of Turenne with its castle perched on an isolated hill. Explore its narrow alleyways which spill down the hillside before setting out for a walk around the surrounding hills for great views of the village from all side. 10km - 18km +200m or 450m
Day 3: Turenne - Collonges-les-Rouges
Cross the Tourmente Valley and head back north on the GR480 through the pretty hamlet of Ligneyrac clinging to the valley side. Continue to climb the valley to reach the wonderful village of Collonges-la-Rouge built from a vibrant red sandstone. Explore its well preserved streets and alleyways. Just like Turenne and Curemont which you'll visit tomorrow, Collonges-les-Rouges is classed as one of the prettiest villages in France. Opportunity to walk into the higher hills to the north of the village. 10 - 19km +160m or 430m
Day 4: Collonges-les-Rouges - Curemont
You’ll follow the GR480 for much of the day passing through pretty hamlets such as Saillac as you meander through an expansive and undulating countryside with vines and pasture. Your day finishes in the ridgetop village of Curemont, the third village in as many days classed as one of the prettiest in France. 17km +250m
This is where the 5 night and 7 night walking holidays split
5 night holiday, Day 5: Curemont - Beaulieu sur Dordogne
A shorter but hillier day across wooded hills to reach the pretty, historic abbey town of Beaulieu sur Dordogne on the banks of the Dordogne River. 13km, +450m.
Next day: Transfer to Brive-la-Gaillard after breakfast.
7 night holiday, Day 5: Curemont - Le Pescher
Head north through a beautiful landscape of vines, pasture and forest and then head into the first hills of the Massif Central as the valleys become more tortuous and the hills become higher. Varied walking through beautiful countryside peppered with pretty hamlets. 20km, +450m
Day 6: Le Pescher - Roche de Vic
Head into the hills and experience wonderful views over the Sourdoire Valley, all the way towards the hills of the Lot. Continue through pasture and forest to reach the summit of Roche de Vic at 636m for amazing panoramic views. 15km +470m
Day 7: Roche de Vic - Aubazine
Short transfer then follow ridges and hills heading north with small farming communities and secluded wooded valleys to reach Aubazine a historic hilltop, monastic village. Opportunity to explore a 12th century irrigation canal system, prehistoric burial sites and climb to a wonderful viewpoint. 18kms +350m
Day 8: Departure
After breakfast transfer to Brive-la-Gaillard train station.
Take a look at our other self-guided walking holidays in France
Accommodation & Meals
You’ll stay in small bed and breakfasts and hotels where you’ll receive a warm welcome. They are 3 star or equivalent, in historic properties offering an authentic and very comfortable stay. Great cuisine and warm welcome. The price of this walking holiday in the Correze includes all breakfasts, one or two lunches and 4 or 5 dinners depending on whether you choose the 5 or 7 night option. A couple of examples are presented below
|La Bastidie||Hotel||Lovely small hotel in a historic building in the small and pretty village of Noailhac. Rooms with great character and good restaurant.||3 stars|
Eurostar, the TGV & local TER trains run services from London St Pancras to Brive-la-Gaillard, France. Take the Eurostar to Paris where you need to change station. Take the the Intercity train from Paris Austerlitz direction Toulouse. Brive la Gaillard is the 6th station on the line. This train runs regularly during the day and takes about 4 hours.
Ryan Air & Flybe have scheduled flights from several UK airports to Limoges, France. From there take a taxi to Limoges train station and catch the Paris to Toulouse to Brive la Gaillard. Journey time from Limoges to Brive is about 1 hour. Ryan Air & Flybe also have scheduled flights from several UK airports to Bergerac, France. Taxi or hire car for the transfer. A greater choice of operators fly to Toulouse from where there is a shuttle bus to Toulouse train station. Then catch the train towards Paris.
Please visit our travel shop for useful links to transport operators. Please make sure you check that the holiday is available for your preferred date before making any travel arrangements.