The Most Beautiful Bike Rides in the Dordogne Valley

Saddle up!Not-to-be-missed walks

The Dordogne Valley is a prime destination for cycling enthusiasts. With its varied landscapes, picturesque villages and quiet roads, it’s the ideal setting for memorable bike rides. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced cyclist, you’ll find routes to suit your needs. From our campsite in Thégra, you can discover some of the region’s most beautiful bike rides.

1. Circuit from Thégra to Rocamadour

Distance: 25 km
Level: Moderate

This route takes you from Thégra to the emblematic Rocamadour, one of France’s most visited sites. Along the way, you’ll pass through rolling countryside typical of the Lot region, with breathtaking views over the valley. Rocamadour, perched on a cliff, is a must-see with its sanctuary and medieval streets.

Points of interest :

  • The village of Gramat
  • Panoramic views over the Alzou valley
  • The medieval town of Rocamadour

2. Loop from Thégra to Padirac and Autoire

Distance: 30 km
Level: Moderate to difficult

This loop takes you to two natural wonders: the Gouffre de Padirac and the Cirque d’Autoire. Starting from Thégra, you’ll cycle through a varied landscape of forests, meadows and small hamlets.

Points of interest :

  • Le Gouffre de Padirac, one of France’s greatest geological curiosities
  • The village of Autoire, classified as one of France’s most beautiful villages, and its spectacular cirque.
  • Waterfalls and viewpoints around Autoire

3. From Thégra to Carennac and back

Distance: 40 km
Level: Moderate

This route takes you to Carennac, a charming medieval village on the banks of the Dordogne. The road is dotted with small villages and bucolic landscapes. Carennac is famous for its priory and stone houses.

Points of interest :

  • The Lot countryside with its fields and groves
  • The village of Carennac with its priory and cobbled streets
  • The banks of the Dordogne, perfect for a relaxing break

4. Circuit des Châteaux: From Thégra to Castelnau-Bretenoux

Distance: 35 km
Level: Easy to moderate

This route is ideal for lovers of history and architecture. Leaving Thégra, you’ll head for Castelnau-Bretenoux, an impressive medieval castle. The road offers superb views of the valley and its castles.

Points of interest :

  • Castelnau-Bretenoux Castle
  • The villages of Prudhomat and Bretenoux
  • Rolling landscapes and panoramic views

5. The Cère Valley by bike

Distance: 50 km
Level: Difficult

For more experienced cyclists, this ride follows the valley of the Cère, a river that winds its way through wild and beautiful countryside. Starting from Thégra, you’ll reach the valley and pedal along the river, with challenging climbs and descents.

Points of interest :

  • The Cère gorges
  • Saint-Laurent-les-Tours castle
  • Picturesque villages along the valley floor

Practical Tips for Your Bike Rides

  • Preparation: Make sure your bikes are in good condition, with properly inflated tires and working brakes. Don’t forget your helmet and repair kit.
  • Hydration and food: Carry plenty of water and a few snacks for breaks.
  • Maps and GPS: Carry a map of the area or a GPS so you don’t get lost.
  • Respect for nature: Respect the marked paths and don’t leave any garbage behind.

Whether you’re looking for a leisurely ride or a sporting challenge, the Dordogne Valley and surrounding area offers a multitude of options for cycling enthusiasts. From our campsite in Thégra, set off to discover these magnificent itineraries and enjoy all that the region has to offer.

We hope this article will inspire you to explore the Dordogne Valley by bike and that you will have an unforgettable stay at our campsite in Thégra. Have a nice walk!