Cycling
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A great day out cycling from our gite!

The northern Lot et Garonne and southern Dordogne are the perfect destination for cyclists - miles of quiet roads through unspoiled countryside, plenty of villages and towns to explore en route, and a choice between flatter roads and slightly hillier ones (there are no really difficult hills close by)...and last year more than half of the people who stayed here either brought bikes along or hired them from the local bike hire shop!

A couple of local courses are detailed below - when you are here we can give you full details (I cycle most days myself, weather permitting), and the tourist office also has several useful leaflets about cycling in the region.

Our gites are also on the route of a a waymarked 74km route along quiet roads that visits many of the small villages around Villereal (one of the harder routes around us - save it for a cooler day perhaps) and is a lovely way to see the region.

Suggested Route 1

A round trip for cycling of 47km - passed Chateau de Biron and the restaurant at Gavaudun

(The route can also be done in the car of course!)

Bikes can be rented at Villereal, 2km from the property.

There is a lovely cycle route that I do myself very often, that is 47 km in total. It is also easy to follow the route, and the roads are always very quiet, and you are more likely to see a fox than a car for most of the journey. The uphill sections are mostly early on, downhill later!

There are two quite steep uphill sections (one just before Vergt de Biron and one as you enter Biron itself) but they are short and can easily be walked!

Generally you might like to make a day trip of this route, stopping for a picnic en-route or at one of the cafes (Gavaudun is recommended).

The route

Leaving from Villereal, take the road towards Monpazier.

After about 5km there is a small road to the right signposted Vergt de Biron. Take this road, which continues straight on for about 6km to the little village of Vergt - at the junction here, carry straight on across and Chateau de Biron is another 2km.

At Biron, there is a small bar in the village and a beautiful castle.

Turn right, and continue until you reach Lacapelle-Biron (and another bar restaurant). Pass straight through Lacapelle-Biron and into the Gavaudun valley.

The road now continues to Gavaudun (another bar-restaurant) where you can admire another fine castle and a pretty village in a lovely setting.

Keep going straight on, then at the T-junction about 1 km beyond Gavaudun turn right.

The little village of Salles is only a few hundred metres along this road. Turn right, signed Bonnenouvelle (on the right of the parking area).

This road runs for about 3 kilometres to a little crossroads where you turn right.

Continue straight on, crossing straight over a slightly larger road in Bonnenouvelle. (The road forks just after this crossing - take the left fork).

Again just carry straight on, until at the bottom of a downhill section there is a T-junction. Turn left, then turn right after about 300 metres.

The road climbs passed a wine producing farm, then carries straight on for several kilometres. Eventually the road back into Villereal is reached - turn left, and you can descend the long hill back into the village.

Suggested Route 2

The property is also directly on a waymarked well signposted cycle route of 74km that passes through some of the prettiest lanes and little villages around Villereal. Since it follows a circular route, it is easy to cut the route short by simply returning to Villereal when crossing one of the roads that pass directly to the village.

 

I can offer more suggestions - longer or shorter - when you visit and we also have brochures featuring numerous bike rides from 20km to 120km to suit all levels!

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