The most beautiful walks in Périgord

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Visit the Dordogne by surveying its paths, its small nature trails which are exceptionally rich, all year round and for the whole family. Hiking in Périgord is one of the most rewarding activities : easy to organize thanks to a carefully marked network of loops and circuits which pass through magnificent viewpoints, charming villages and breathtaking tourist sites. Just a pair of sneakers or a bike for the sportier (careful, it often rises) and a map or GPS to enjoy free several days of walking in nature. We have compiled several resources and ideas for you, on the websites of Tourist Offices in particular, to help you prepare for your hikes in the Dordogne. On the way !

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The hiking trails offered by the Tourist Offices

Hiking is a very popular activity in Périgord, family or sports, it adapts to your level and the time you have available. Free, available all year round and outdoors, it is also a great way to discover the 4 territories of the department.

The Internet site essential to prepare your excursions in Dordogne (fr), it is the one powered by the department which lists all the loops and circuits : more than 10 000km, covered by the departmental plan of routes of small excursions (the PDIPR). You will never run out of ideas for hiking in the Dordogne !

Hiking in Dordogne   Hiking in Dordogne
Family hikes in the Dordogne, on the way !

In Périgord Vert

Of course, it is a true natural paradise that is offered to you, thanks to the Périgord Limousin Regional Natural Park (fr). More than 1800km2 of forests, rivers, wet meadows, pastures... There is even an application to download on your smartphone to easily find yourself among the 2000km of marked trails : The Mon Parc Périgord-Limousin application. From Nontron, Brantôme, or Jumilhac, the Périgord Vert is an ideal location between heritage and nature.

The Saut du Chalar

The Saut du Chalard, a magnificent hike to discover near Saint-Saud Lacoussière


In Périgord Blanc

Along the Vallée de l'Isle and in the Grand Périgueux sector, there are many hikes which are sometimes more urban, or pass through villages between two forest groves. If you stay in Périgueux, you can easily radiate around the Capital of Périgord Blanc, nature quickly catches up with the urban environment. You can also take advantage of the very pleasant greenway along the banks of the Isle, perfect for cycling or with your family, for walks in Périgord Blanc.

The Greenway of the Banks of L'Isle

The Voie Verte des Berges de L'Isle is 100km of greenway (to be shared with bikes) to walk from village to village and via Périgueux.

Stroll in Périgueux
Nature, during a hike around Périgueux. At the Rousseau mill, following on foot or by bike, the canal (fr)

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In Black Périgord

It is the territory of lovers of prehistory, heritage, gastronomy, not to mention hiking. More hilly, it's a real Gruyère ! There are surely more kilometers of trails than roads... It is the benchmark for sportsmen, who like mountain biking on demanding paths, while taking breaks at the splendid points of view that the rocky peaks offer on the Valley of the Vézère and the Dordogne Valley. From Hautefort, Sarlat, Les Eyzies , Montignac, La Roque-Gageac, Belvès... Hikers like to make very long loops, with culture breaks in a tourist site, or gastronomic breaks with a good invigorating picnic in full forest ! With the family, it is a pleasant area because the hikes can also be brief...

  • Look at the hikes around Sarlat (fr) offered by the Tourist Office of Sarlat Tourisme. Walks and hikes on the Sarlat Tourisme website.

  • The Pays de Fénelon in Périgord Noir represents the north of the Périgord Noir. From Hautefort, there are a multitude of pleasant paths to take

  • To take walks along the Dordogne (fr), consult the website of the Périgord Noir Vallée Dordogne Tourist Office, there are many nature activities to do !

  • Lascaux Dordogne Vallée Vézère is the Tourist Office which covers the very rich region of Saint-Amand-de-Coly in Limeuil. The entire Vézère Valley, an inexhaustible playground for family hikes.

  • Several loops are offered by the Vézère Périgord Noir Tourist Office (fr), it is an exotic territory with causses, oak forests, around Terrasson, Thenon, Tourtoirac...

Autumn hike Périgord

Autumn hike in Périgord, on the heights of the Côte de Jor. Click to see the hiking trail in Saint-Léon-sur-Vézère (fr)

Countryside hike   Countryside hike
A superb hike, to see the Château de Campagne (fr) (free entry park !) And the cluzeaux cut into the rock in the national forest.
La Roque Gageac hike
On the heights of a hike to La Roque-Gageac

In purple Périgord

You can combine hiking with wine tourism ! It is a large area, with Bergerac in its center, surrounded by renowned vineyards to discover absolutely ! Towards Monpazier, we switch to Lot-et-Garonnais landscapes, with chestnut forests.

Hiking in purple Périgord

Hiking in Périgord Pourpre is synonymous with vines !

Greenway of Bergerac   Greenway of Bergerac
The Voie verte de Bergerac is also suitable for walking


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The Top 10 hikes in the Dordogne

Here is a Top 10 of the hikes to do in Périgord, which was carried out in 2020, by the tourism services of the Department and the French Hiking Federation. You know that by taking one of these trails, by doing one of these loops, you are going to have a good time. There is something for everyone, click to see the routes.

In nature

With the family, fun hikes

To enjoy the heritage

Morning hike Périgord

A morning hike ? The lights are superb at the end and beginning of the day, here the foothills of the central massif in the distance...

Ponds of Valojoulx   Ponds of Valojoulx
The Valojoulx ponds loop, between Montignac and Les Eyzies, to do all year round !


You are now ready to go on an adventure on the trails of Périgord ! Do not forget, in all seasons, to bring adequate equipment to walk safely. In summer, a gourd (there are water points regularly indicated), a hat, sunscreen and protection against insects and wasps, will not be too much. In autumn and winter, put on a fluorescent vest, take a small knife and a bag (for mushrooms, you never know, have your findings confirmed by a connoisseur !!). In spring, think of binoculars to observe the awakening wildlife...


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