Upon arrival you will receive a folder with all the maps, a GPS (if ordered in advance), as well as information about the area and all its sights. Ian, Maaike and Jaya, the owners, have lived more than 25 years in the region and are happy to share their enthusiasm about the local nature, the flora and fauna with you.
Our walking program is "Freedom = Happiness" which means that you can come and go, on any day or any walk that appeals to you. With our maps and GPS it will be (almost) impossible to get lost on the trails we planned for you. The trails do not go over difficult terrain and have been figured out in such a way that you can enjoy all aspects of the countryside around you: flora and fauna, architecture and history of old buildings, prehistory ... anything to create a friendly and relaxed walk. These routes have been specifically chosen by your hosts and provide more than 200 kilometres of hiking within a circle of 40 km from your chalet at Castelwood. All our trails can be found on the GPS.
As an example, some trails with evocative names.
"Le boucle du Château Biron (the Castle Biron loop)"
Hiking trails through open country and woods around the castle of Biron, near and far away. Approximately 14 kilometers – 8.7 miles
"Sur le chemin de Bernard Palissy (on the road of Bernard Palissy – naturalist, potter, philosopher and statesman)"
A wooded path leads you to the small village of Saint-Avit, the museum Bernard Palissy and its old church (UNESCO) and then, over the hill, the magnificent village of Gavaudun, in the valley, with its imposing castle tower. Approximately 22 kilometers – 13.7 miles./p>
"Boucle des Potences (round road of the Potences = T-shaped strut to lift heavy loads) "
In the vicinity of the medieval fortified town of Monpazier. A walk through meadows and woods to the castle of Biron. Between 13 and 18 kilometers – 11 and 11 miles.
"Le Lot au fil de l'eau (along the river the Lot)"
The "royal route" of Duravel. You’ll get to Mordagne with this trail, from where you have a great view of the Lot valley. Approximately 10 kilometers – 6.2 miles.
"Sentier du Château Bonaguil (the trail of Bonaguil castle) "
A relatively tough walk from the castle of Bonaguil to the church of Lastreilles by oak, chestnut and pine forests. About 15 kilometers.
"Le boucle du Château Beynac (the trail around Beynac castle)"
A walk around and near the village of Beynac-et-Cazenac in the golden triangle of the Dordogne valley. Approximately 17 kilometers – 10.5 miles.
And there are many, many other trails, between 10 and 25 kilometers 6.2 and 15.5 miles!
Beware: seasonal closure of buildings, museums and activities or other unexpected events may result in an adaptation of the program. Walking level: easy to moderate effort, not much steep terrain.