Road Cycling Holidays in the Dordogne

Are you looking for the perfect location for your next cycling holiday in France? If you are, you’ve found the best possible secret cycling spot in the Dordogne! The scenery in the Northern Dordogne is absolutely beautiful, and the roads are very quiet, which makes it a very agreeable location for some great road cycling. Bringing your own bikes down ensures you have the equipment you want, and we have lockable overnight bike storage for you to safely store your bike during your stay. We can organise cycling trips/days out to suit all rider capabilities.

Guests can join in a club cycle ride like a local

I (Bob) am a member of the local road cycling club (Le Club de la Tour in Piegut Pluviers), which is a very friendly group of French cyclists, meeting twice a week in the village. Guests are more than welcome to join in with me on a regular club run, which starts at 8.30am during the Summer period on a Thursday and Sunday.

Rides are typically around 70 – 80 kilometers, however unlike club rides in the UK, there is no stop for coffee and cake (it seems to be a bit of a French thing!). An 80-kilometer cycle ride would usually take between 3 – 4 hours depending on the route, and can include 700 – 1200 meters of hill climbing. It is surprising how hilly the Dordogne region is around La Grange Étable.

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La Grange Etable Dordogne Cycling Holidays
For the rest of the week, I can provide cycling routes for your Garmin to let you explore the area for yourselves, or I can take groups out for shorter 40 – 60 kilometer rides, for just €15 per person per session. We are also more than happy to provide a tasty packed lunch en-route if required to split the day up priced at €10 only per person. Wendy is a food wizard in the kitchen and can accommodate all diets and guest requirements!

For holiday guests who need cycle routes that are more challenging, we can arrange a guide who will take groups of 4/5 guests out for 70 – 80 kilometer runs, for €120 per group per session – smaller groups by arrangement. He will tailor the rides to suit the style and level of each group (speed, stops, climbing etc), and also provides valuable mechanical back-up and repairs during the trip.

The region offers cycling routes for all rider levels

There are some spectacular cycling routes in the Dordogne area – the main roads are in good condition with very little traffic, and once you get off these, the roads are virtually traffic free! We are located in the 1800 square kilometer ‘Parc Naturel Regional Perigord Limousin’ which along with the quiet roads, offers beautiful and natural scenery at every head turn.

One of the many cycling routes in the area follows ‘La route de Richard Coeur de Lion’ which passes through shady woodland, (welcome during the summer sun), past some of the many spectacular chateaux around the Dordogne region that Richard 1st either stayed at or laid siege to during his reign. It also passes by the Chateau de Chalus Chabrol where he was eventually killed in 1199.

Cycling views in the Dordogne
Another particularly good longer route follows the minor roads down to Brantome, which is a beautiful town on the Dronne river – a good place for a coffee stop on a 60 – 70 mile round trip. Part of this cycle ride drops down to the Dronne at Saint Pardoux la Riviere with some spectacular sweeping downhills into the valley. The route then follows the river on the flat for about 5 miles, which is fantastic for a bit of spinning, and really getting into a good rhythm, followed by some long climbs back up through the Dordogne woodlands.

To the West and into the Charente region, the geography changes into more open, rolling farmland – again with spectacular scenery. A cycle ride to yet another spectacular chateau at La Rochefoucauld takes you past some of the local vinyards which offer a tasty rest bite to refresh and refuel before turning back for La Grange Étable.

Relax & recover after a ride out around our pool

After a good cycle ride out, guests can relax around our pool, which is always open during the summer months – personally, I have to say it is also very welcoming after a long day in the saddle! The pool also offers a great option to keep any of the group entertained if they wish to miss a day while the others are out riding.

The Dordogne area and especially the local region around our gites is great for all levels of cyclist. We will accommodate all levels and capabilities to ensure you have a rewarding and enjoyable stay with us at La Grange Etable.

If you have any questions about cycling in the Dordogne, please visit our contact page. We hope to see you soon and happy cycling!

Bob & Wendy x

La Grange Etable Swimming Pool

Have you seen our holiday accommodation?

La Grange Étable is located just 45mins south of Limoges Airport.

La Grange Etable Farmhouse

Farmhouse

Sleeps 6 guests across 3 bedrooms.

La Grange Etable La Brulot Gite

Le Brulot Gite

Sleeps 4, across 2 large ensuite bedrooms.

La Grange Etable L'Herminette Gite

L’Herminette Gite

Sleeps 4 guests across 2 large bedrooms.

La Grange Étable offers the perfect location for your next self-catering cycling holiday in the Dordogne