The Dordogne & Lot region is one of the best areas in France for outdoor activities suiting all ages, with its rivers, forests, gorges and historic sites proving the perfect landscape for many different pursuits. Kayaking, hiking, cycling, river swimming, climbing, horse riding and hot-air ballooning are all popular activities within a short journey from the gites.
The information below provides some ideas that you may wish to do during your stay in the gites at La Borie. Upon your arrival we supply an information brochure which gives further details on these activities and our recommended places to do them.
Canoeing & Kayaking
The Dordogne and Lot region offers excellent kayaking and canoeing amongst some of the country’s most attractive scenery. Kayaking through the Dordogne Valley is particularly recommended, and is one of the best ways to see its dozens of impressive castles and picturesque medieval villages.
Most providers offer kayaks or canoes of various sizes and capacities, and include transfers to/from the beginning/end of routes. Different route lengths are also offered, including half-day or full-day excursions. We provide full details of our suggested locations and providers of canoeing and kayaking in our guest information booklet.
The Dordogne and Lot regions have some of France’s best roads for cycling, with many largely traffic-free routes passing through quiet valleys and small villages. There are also many places for mountain biking, and a marked mountain bike trail can be found close to the gites. If you do not have your own bikes with you, there are a number of excellent bike rental providers in the region, for which we provide details in our information booklet.
The area immediately around the gites La Borie is excellent for walking, with many footpaths passing close to the property. One of France’s well-marked long-distance Grande Randonnée footpaths, the GR652, passes very close to La Borie, continuing down into the village of Frayssinet-le-Gélat. Further afield, particularly in the Dordogne Valley area, there are excellent walking routes that take in exceptional scenery. You will find maps within the gites that cover both the local area and further afield.
Although the Dordogne and Lot region has some of France’s most impressive large rivers, some of its smaller tributaries are among the country’s best for swimming and other activities.
There are excellent places to swim within the local area, and a particular favourite for guests is a trip up to the Céou (pictured), a tributary of the Dordogne, where you can paddle below dramatic cliffs near the impressive Castelnaud chateau. There are also many lakes nearby with child play areas and restaurants/bars.
Hot-air ballooning is a particularly special way to experience the beauty of the region, and balloons can often be seen over the landscape early in the morning or during late evening, particularly around the Dordogne and Lot valleys.
There are many providers of this activity within the Dordogne and Lot region, but our suggested company is Montgolfières du Périgord. It is advised to book well in advance, as spaces can be limited.
One of the region’s best horse riding centres is located adjacent to La Borie. The centre makes use of the excellent local bridleways and quiet countryside, and guests are very welcome to request a booking for instruction and local excursions (English-speaking instruction available). This is a particularly good activity for young adults and children.
La Borie is situated in a region that produces some of France’s most famous wines, including the vineyards located around Cahors and the Lot valleys. Many local vineyards are open during normal working hours and offer free tasting sessions for visitors to experience the region’s wines.
Our suggested local vineyard, Château de Chambert, is an organic producer operating since 1690, and offers free & private wine tasting, tours, a well-stocked on-site shop, and an informal bistro in a stunning location above the Lot Valley.