The Dordogne River

We wanted to canoe  a small part of the Dordogne River.  We contacted “Canoë Randonnee Dordogne”which operates a canoe rental outfit, the owner a very nice man came to collect us from our campsite and took  us upriver to Cenac.  We then  paddled  back to Beynac which is a pleasant  22 km. The first part of the journey was very pretty from Carsac to Cénac. It was so scenic with a lot wild life, huge over hanging cliffs towering above us as we passed by. After a nice lunch we continued from Cénac to Beynac a very picturesque area with lots of castles high on top of the cliffs, which were hauntingly beautiful. Along the river we passed by the very picturesque village of La Roque Gageac.

We had a very enjoyable day and the weather was good during our stay. We would recommend this part of the Dordogne, great walks and beautiful villages.

We based ourselves at the Camping Le Capeyrou a very nice campsite with friendly management and staff which is situated between the town Sarlat la Canéda and La Roque Gageac. The site offer’s a great view of the Medieval Castle of  Beynac

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We hired the kit from : www.canoerandodordogne.com

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Le Château de Castelnaud is a medieval fortress, overlooking the Dordogne River. It was erected to face its rival, the Château de Beynac.

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DSC_0217.JPGBeynac Castle is dating back to the Middle Ages, perched on top of a limestone cliff; dominating the town and the north bank of the Dordogne River. The Castle was build in the 12th century by the barons of Beynac. The chateau has been used in a lot of films, the Story of Joan of Arc directed by Luc Besson, Les Visiteurs directed by Jean- Marie Poiré to name but a few.

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