After a short transfer (10 mins) to the village of St Vincent le Paluel, begin today’s walk by heading into the peaceful countryside. At times you pass through farmland and little communities with stone houses and also take wooded trails with glimpses of a chateau, small rivers and streams.
When you arrive back in Sarlat and you are lucky enough to be here on a Saturday, you can saunter through the fabulous local market.
A taxi transfer brings you to the beginning of the walk and the tiny village of St Vincent le Paluel. You will be dropped off in front of the church.Then the trail takes you on small roads and dirt paths past fields, village houses and farm houses. Then enter a wooded area and dirt trails through a forest. This walk, because it finishes in Sarlat, does require walking on tarmac roads with some traffic and through built up areas when close to Sarlat, as it is a large town.
The terrain is a mix of trails and tarmac roads. Trails through fields, small communities, woods and also minor roads that have some traffic.
We recommend that you buy a picnic lunch in Sarlat before getting picked up and transferred to the beginning of the walk. There are plenty of cafes that will make up a filled baguette for you
We recommend that you buy a picnic lunch in Sarlat before being transferred to the beginning of the walk.
A sturdy pair of walking trainers are adequate for this route
Points of Interest
The village of St Vincent le Paluel has a 12th century church and as you walk you will be able to see the towers of the local chateau, which was built in the 14th century but burnt down by the nazis during WWII.
Sarlat-le-Canada is a lovely medieval town. There are many places of interest here, such as the Cathédrale St-Sacerdos, oriniginally built in the 1100’s, Église Ste-Marie which was converted by acclaimed architect Jean Nouvel, into Sarlat’s Marché Couvert and the beautiful Place du Marché aux Oies where there stands life-size statue of three bronze geese
Lanterne des Morts - built to honour a visit by St Bernard, one of the founders of the Cistercian order, in 1147.
The fantastic Saturday morning market (if you are lucky enough to be here on this day and there is also a Wednesday market). It is spread out all over the centre of town and sells local products and food.