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Your Holiday at a Glance
|Independent Walking Holiday||
|Dates for 2020||
|Accommodation and Meals||
|What's not included||
Lot Valley Walking
Let yourself be enchanted by the charm and beauty of the wonderful Célé and Lot Valleys in south west France. Less well known than the Dordogne, the Célé and Lot valleys will leave you captivated by their beauty. Our linear self-guided walk begins in Figeac and travels downstream ending in Cahors, home of the Malbec vineyards. You’ll follow quiet trails through unspoilt countryside in the protected regional park Causses du Quercy, with rocky cliffs, home to some wonderful chateaux overhanging majestic valleys. You’ll pass through a number of historic villages such as St-Cirq-Lapopie, one of the prettiest villages in France, perched precariously above the river Lot. Your self-guided walking holiday finishes at Cahors, famous for its wines and its 14th century bridge allowing access to the town.
6 days self guided walking in the Cele and Lot Valleys, moving between hotels and B&B’s. The walking holiday is graded moderate. The walking days vary in length allowing you time to visit the sights and to recover from the longer days. Average days include about 15km walking with daily ascents ranging from about 60m to 600m. All the walks are on good paths, although some sections can be muddy and rocky. This independent walking holiday would be suitable for regular walkers, as well as occasional walkers with a minimum of preparation.
Walks day by day
Day 1: Arrival
The tour begins in the historic town of Figeac. Straddling the Cele River, Figeac is a beautiful town with an unspoilt medieval centre. Take time to explore before setting out on your walk through the Quercy countryside.
Day 2: Beduer - Espagnac Ste Eulalie
Transfer to the pretty village of Beduer from where the walk will begin. Heading south-west and passing through glorious, seemingly deserted countryside, the next few days will be spent walking along the Cele Valley. Todays destination is Espagnac Ste Eulalie, via the village of Corn. (10.5km, +/-300m)
Day 3: Espagnac Ste Eulalie - Marcilhac
Having explored Espagnac, set off for Marcilhac. Walking through fairly rugged terrain, beneath the overhanging Chateau Anglais and via the village of St Sulpice you will arrive at your accommodation just before Marcilhac. (15km, +/-600m)
Day 4: Marcilhac - Cabrerets
One of the walking tours longer days, you will follow the Cele Valley to the pretty village of Cabrerets, situated at the confluence of the rivers Cele and Lot. Passing through Sauliac, and with the opportunity to visit the Musee de Cazals. The footpath follows the escarpment bordering the valley, enjoy exceptional views. (21.2km, +/-500m)
Day 5: Cabrerets - St Cirq Lapopie
Leave Cabrerets for the beautiful village of St Cirq Lapopie which appears to defy gravity as it clings to the cliffs that tower over the River Lot. The walk is fairly short but this gives you the opportunity to visit the world famous cave drawings at Pech Merle shortly after leaving Cabrerets, and time to explore St Cirq Lapopie later in the day. (12km, +/-350m)
Day 6: St Cirq Lapopie - Vers
Now into the Lot Valley. Walking alongside the elegant River Lot todays' destination is Vers. Much of the walk today is through deserted countryside. Today also provides the tours longest incline, a hill in excess of 2kms. (20.5km, +/-220m)
Day 7: Vers - Cahors
For your last day's walking, follow the banks of the River Lot all the way into Cahors via Arcambal. The steep rocky cliffs of the valley now change to a wonderful rolling landscape. Your destination is Cahors, the bustling departmental capital of the Lot, home of the Malbec vineyards. (18km, +/-60m)
Day 8 Departure
After breakfast, explore Cahors before departing
Accommodation & Meals
Mixture of small guest houses and small independent family run hotels offering a high quality of service (2 or 3 star). Many are in historic properties, set in wonderful medieval village locations, some have swimming pools. Warm welcome and gastronomic food. A couple of examples from this walking holiday are presented below.
|La Truite Dorée||Hotel||Family run hotel on the edge of the pretty village of Vers with swimming pool||3 stars|
|Hotel Auberge de la Sagne Cabrerets||Hotel||Renovated farm close to the pre-historic cave at Pech Merle, with swimming pool|
Eurostar & local ter trains run services from London St Pancras to Figeac. Change at Paris, direction Cerbere & then change at Brive or Cahors for Figeac.
The airlines Ryan Air & Flybe have scheduled flights from several UK airports to Bergerac. Taxi or hire car for the short transfer. Flights to Toulouse with onward journey by bus and train. A greater choice of operators fly to Toulouse from where there is a shuttle bus to Toulouse train station.
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