The Dordogne and Vezere Valley has so much to offer, and most visitors have very limited time to actually relax and enjoy the real beauty away from the crowds the area has to offer. The Dordogne has one of, if not THE best hiking / trails network in the world. In theory every Dordogne town, village and commune can be reached using the well marked hiking trails trails.
The Dordogne Trails System consists of :
- Local Trail System [ YELLOW Markers ] these trails are individually setup and very well marked by the Commune, and usually take you to the best and most interesting places the commune has to offer.
- Connector Trails [ GREEN Markers ] these trails connect to the Yellow Trails of another commune – for example if you are following a local Yellow Trail in the commune of Les Eyzies, you can use the Green Connector Trail to connect to a Local Trail of the Tursac Commune – this way ALL the trails are connected throughout the Dordogne.
- GR Route [ Grand Randonee, Marked with a RED and WHITE Stripe ] these are Long Distance Paths ( often 100’s of miles long ). These trails are used by BOTH the Yellow and the Green Trails.
There are 100’s of hiking trails near Ferme de Tayac, however, the marked trails listed here, actually start and finish at Ferme de Tayac, that’s correct, you can actually start your hike from the B&B. Click on the top image for a full size view
- Route of Prehistory : this is a fairly new trail that Les Eyzies has put together. The trail takes you on a journey to the main Prehistoric spots the area has to offer. Along the way, information boards explain the history and or Geology of the area. See and read about Abri de Cro-Magnon, Forte de Tayac, the Grand Roc, Laugerie Basse and lots more. The short hike about 5km out & back, or you can do a longer “lollipop loop” that is about 12km. >> More Info
- Les Eyzies – Hells Gorge – St Cirq : A great and scenic hike, that takes you through Gorge d’enfer ( Hells Gorge ) and the rolling countryside to St. Cirq, and then back to Les Eyzies. Easy 6+ mile hike that can be done both clockwise or counter clock. >> More Info
- La Mouthe : A wonderful 2 hour loop that takes you through Les Eyzies and up into the Hills to the wonderful Medieval ruins of La Mouthe. A short un-marked trail will take you to the BEST view in the whole of the Vezere Valley.
- The Cro-Magnon : a short but wonderful and exiting loop through Tayac. This is where the Cro-Magnon was discovered in 1868. The hike will take about an hour, but the memory will last a lifetime. This is a fantastic alternative route into Les Eyzies – follow the road for 10 min., or go on an adventure that lasts an hour..
- The 7 Brothers : a wonderful relaxing hike through the Perigord woodland, to 7 fantastic plateaus that lookout over the Valley. For an easy hike use as an out and back, otherwise you can loop it with a short but strenuous climb. Enjoy the views on this 2 hour hike. >> More Info
- The Madeleine : The longest of all the trails mentioned here, but well worth it!. Take a picnic ( recommended), or plan for a meal in Tursac at the halfway mark. Wonderful Vezere Valley scenery, along these ancient paths. Visit the Madeleine on this hike. At the end of the hike you can treat yourself to a nice drink or meal in Les Eyzies. Depending on the person, allow at least 5 hours for this great trail.