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The Dordogne Itinerary
Spectacular Downhill, and a Wonderful Picnic
There is an excellent downhill cycle ride into the small town of St Céré, and two Wednesdays each month there is a great food market here - great for picnic fodder. Out of St Céré we pass the huge and ruined castle at Castelnau and arrive back at the Dordogne. We follow the Dordogne downstream to Carrenac, rated by some as the most beautiful village on the Dordogne, and a great place for a picnic.
After Carrenac the road twists and turns as it follows the Dordogne, we cross the river a couple of times and pass the spot where the underground river from the Gouffre de Padirac enters the Dordogne. We pass several minor châteaux on our way to Gluges, where the pool catches the late afternoon sun and offers a perfect end to the day.
Although we cycle more than 30 miles today, it is the easiest 30 miles you're ever likely to see. Just get a decent shove from Loubressac and steer round the corners.