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The Dordogne Itinerary

Day 2

Beynac - Previous Owners Include Richard The Lionheart

A catapault at Castlnaud with Beynac in the background, Dordogne

Time to get on your bike. Today we follow the Vézère to Limeuil where it meets the Dordogne. On the way here we will pass through Le Bugue which is a great place to have our first coffee stop and pick up supplies for a picnic on the river bank if we choose to.  Picnic or not, we’ll have lunch in Limeuil, a beautiful bastide town, and where the rivers meet is a great place for a swim. Before lunch we’ll have a brief stop at the church of St Martin, built in the 12th century by Richard the Lionheart to placate a vengeful God following the assassination of the Archbishop of Canterbury by Richard’s father, Henry II of England.

In the afternoon we follow the Dordogne along quiet roads and pass the Châteaux of Beynac and Castelnaud facing each other across the Dordogne. Fans of Josephine Baker may be interested to see her old home at the Château des Milandes.

We finish the day at Beynac, a picturesque village beside the Dordogne dominated by its castle set on a cliff 500 feet above. The castle was once visited by a certain Richard The Lionheart and is well worth a look. You can reach it by an absurdly steep path called the Basketmakers path - but not very quickly, and I dare say not very often if you can help it.

More recently, Beynac played host to the river scenes from the movie Chocolat.  We will stay tonight in the Hostellerie Malevile and eat in the family’s restaurant perched on the bank of the Dordogne.

Distance = 35 miles / 56 Km

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