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Dordogne, France

Walk 16 - Saint Marcel du Périgord walking and hiking route


Walk Instructions

Start/car parking: Constant
Refreshments: None en route, take a picnic
Map: I.G.N. Série Bleue 1836 E, Creysse, 1:25,000

Virtually everyone will visit Bergerac for a combination of historic town and modern shopping centre. Now, as a bonus to the country walks pack, here is a suggested walking route which combines the best features of the town. The walk itself can be done in an hour, but under way you will find many interesting things to see and to do. And if you wander away from it, you won’t get lost. Walking boots are not required but you should note that there are cobbles and other rough surfaces in the old town.

From reception, walk to the restaurant and then to the swimming-pool. Keep it at your right. On arrival on a broader track, turn right and follow it, slightly bearing left, until you arrive at the wood edge. A path descends to the right, follow it into the valley through a wooded area.

1. Down in the valley, follow the path when it turns right to cross a small stream (or just a muddy spot, depending on the time of the year). The path climbs slowly the other side of the valley through light woodland of pubescent oaks. Near farm buildings of the Cantelaube hamlet it joins a small road.

2. Turn right here. Follow this road until you reach a T, the ‘Roman road’, to the left a dust track, and to the right a small hardtop road. Turn left into the track.

3. Soon, just when you enter into woodland, there is a track on your right. Take it, slowly descending. Between farm buildings it becomes a small hardtop road. Follow this until you arrive in a valley. Where the road turns left to cross a small stream, turn into a track on your right.

4. When following it it becomes more and more stony and after a short descend you arrive on another track. Turn left at a sharp angle, then you see two wooden barns, former tobacco barns, on your left. Follow the track when it turns left than right and crosses the Louyre stream. Walk on until the D32 road.

5. Cross it (CAREFUL! FAST DRIVING!) and on the other side of the road take the track in front of you. Go uphill through woodland, nearly on top of the hill the path turns right then left past abandoned farm buildings. Pass a big barn, then turn left into a track and follow this bending to the right through an open landscape.

6. When you arrive on a T of tracks, turn left and follow this track slowly descending until you arrive in the village of Saint Marcel. At your right there is a narrow path between walls that descends towards the church (if you miss it, no problem, you’ll arrive anyhow). With your back to the church, the main road of the village is in front of you. Turn right, past a parking lot and a playground, cross the Barbeyrol stream, a lavoir (washing place) on your right.

7. Just after leaving the village turn right following the small hardtop road signed Leyssartade. Follow it for nearly a km, keeping the valley on your right and the hillside on your left. After a meadow on your right hand, turn sharp right into a track. After 150 m turn left into another track. Keep the valley with the Barbeyrol stream on your right.

8. When after about 600m a track joins from the left, bend right into the valley, cross it, and on the other side, take the stony track uphill in front of you. Follow it, ascending through a wood of short oak trees. Soon you see on your right a path that goes parallel to the track, you can take this as well. On top of the hill the path joins the track again. Go straight on, descending.

9. At a fork of tracks (at this point there is also a less used track to the right) take the left track and follow it until you arrive again at the D32 road. Cross it (again: TAKE CARE) and on the other side descend leftwards to the farmhouses below the road. Between the buildings, turn right, and follow this agricultural track until after crossing the Louyre stream you arrive on a small road. (If you want to go to the village of Saint Félix here turn left and then right, otherwise follow 10.)

10. Turn right and follow it for nearly 500 m. After a meadow take a hollow path on your left hand that goes upward. Uphill, after a house, turn right into the hamlet of Cavigne, then turn left into a small road.

11. Just after Cavigne the road enters into woodland, and then you turn right unto the SECOND path that goes nearly parallel to the road (the first path goes along a cultivated field, when you arrive there you know you took the wrong one). Then follow it through light oak woodland. Don’t heed other paths joining it but keep going roughly in the same (northerly) direction for about 1 km until you arrive at a hardtop road. This is the road to Constant, the same Roman Road you crossed earlier. (11a. If you really are afraid to get lost at this SECOND path, you can also go straight on on the road and when arriving at a crossroads turn right following the signpost ‘Constant’. You’ll arrive at 12. This is a bit longer.)

12. At this point there is a meadow on your left, and on your right parallel to the road a concrete fence. On the other side of the road to your left a house, and in front of you a path. Cross the road and take the path. Follow it until you pass under electricity lines, and then turn right cross the electricity lines again and return to Constant reception.


Disclaimer: This route was correct at time of writing. However, alterations can happen if development or boundary changes occur, and there is no guarantee of permanent access. These walks have been published for use by site visitors on the understanding that neither HPB Management Limited nor any other person connected with Holiday Property Bond is responsible for the safety or wellbeing of those following the routes as described. It is walkers' own responsibility to be adequately prepared and equipped for the ‎level of walk and the weather conditions and to assess the safety and accessibility of the walk.


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