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    We went to the Dordogne area a couple of years ago, my son bought us a book 'The Back Roads of France' which has a route right through the Dordogne and Lot valleys which we followed and it gave us an insight into the area which you could miss without a guide.
    I'm sure where ever you go in France you will have a great time as it is a historic and beautiful place.
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    Don't miss Limeuil ... very beautiful.

    There's a great wild camping spot by the river and a tap in the car park.

    You'll find it in the France POIs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LeeLinda View Post
    We went'The Back Roads of France' which has a route right through the Dordogne and Lot valleys
    I second that book also Secret Roads of France is worth having.A look at the most beautiful villages of France website is

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    There are a couple of aires that we like, the first in Caddillac a lovely small town near to Bordeaux, the aire is quite small in a car park near the middle of the town.
    The second is at Montbazillac this is in a vineyard and is owned by a motorhome owner, this is in a village with a chateau, it is remote with no cafť or shop so don't go without supplies. You are expected to go to a wine tasting, which you will be invited too.
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    as above the aire at cadillac is superb and the one at monbazilliac is also a france passion stop great enthusiastic owner & the nearby chateau is well worth a visit cheap and just left to wander around sit on furniture etc, if you make it to the garonne the aire at caumont sur garonne is perfect it is in all the aires (highlighted salmon colour as special) it has been extended recently but on canal bank can cycle walk miles, there is an aire now at the citadel at blaye and a wine festival on 8/9 april about 80 wine producers for degustation your entry ticket is a wine glass on a cord and entry includes a boat trip round the estuary and various other entertainments,

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    Keith, we have done France for years and years, and what we usually do, is head south and start from the Periguex or Dordogne area, preferring the river Lot more so than the Dordogne. We usually end up in the Midi Pyrenees area, somewhere south of Cahor, such as San Antonin Nobel Val, Narjac, Carajac, Corded sur Ceil, Albi, Carcassonne, Castelnaundry, Homps. Lots of really nice places, and if you like, just a few miles to Narbonne, and Gruisan (on the med)
    Maybe pick a river and trundle down a road alongside, and enjoy what comes. Maybe the Midi Canal, some nice places here. Personally, I would not plan, just go with the flow, you will just fall over nice places, probably much nicer than a plan!
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    Another nice area, but aires are a little thin on the ground, is Provence. Our favourite there is St Croix de Verdon (the Verdon George) fantastic!
    But seriously, one thing to remember, is that what I or others think is fantastic, you might think not!
    The number of times, we have gone somewhere on another recommendation, only to think, why have we come here!
    So just do your own thing, and go with the flow!
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    Quote Originally Posted by POI Admin View Post
    Don't miss Limeuil ... very beautiful.

    There's a great wild camping spot by the river and a tap in the car park.

    You'll find it in the France POIs.
    I think its is no more. It had all changed last year and no tap and no access under the bridge sadly.

    Keith. There are loads of great spots along the stretch from Bergerac to Sarlat. I just remembered though I did a whistle stop tour guide for a pal that was going last October so Ill just copy and paste it for you here.

    "A Whistle stop tour of the Dordogne

    As Promised, some ideas if you decided to have a look at the Dordogne. The stretch from Bergerac to Sarlat is the most interesting with most of the ďbestĒ places towards Sarlat.

    Plenty of free or cheap Aires but I am doing this from memory as Iím not online so you may need to check on CC Infos for latest prices for parking or services but as you know I Donít like paying so most will be either free or cheap. Iíve provided GPS in decimal and links to the CC Infos page but Iím not sure if these will work.
    I know you donít have long so Iíve just included the best ones with a couple of diversions from the main route.
    Starting at Tremolat. Lovely little village and some nice little villages nearby. Just set back from a deep wide section of the river (I rowed it in 2012) and easy walking to some nice bars and restaurants but sadly they started charging a year or two ago. I think it was 4 or 5 Euros.
    44.87381, 0.83025
    Link: http://www.campingcar-infos.com/Fran...php?numid=3356

    Two diversions off the main river you could do are St Leon St Vezere to the north or Biron to the South.
    St Leon is a stunning village and you have a choice here of either the Aire near the Boules court or (Yes I know but listen) the Municipal campsite. Before you ring me up and call me a pillock for recommending a campsite itís just about a dozen or so large pitches right on the river on the edge of the village. Just like a really nice Aire. Both are officially to pay for, I think the site is about Ä10 and the aire Ä5. Easy walk into the village, should be a couple of places to eat and drink still open.
    Link: http://www.campingcar-infos.com/Fran...php?numid=2574
    45.01216, 1.08948
    To the south of the main route you have Biron which is mainly just a Chateaux and the only reason Iíve included it is because the Aire (which I think has no services now) is in a huge lovely grassy raised field below the Chateaux and its here that I posted a few years ago about the Stags Rutting all night long close to the van. Not much to see or do around there but itís a lovely spot but maybe not worth the diversion on such a short trip. If you do go nearby Monpazier is an interesting Bastide town and there is an Aire there.

    Back on the main route you have Laroque Gageac, Domme and Vitrac Montefort all near each other and all worth a stop. We always stop at Vitrac as itís free and a lovely spot. The Aire at Laroque which is one of the major tourist attractions along the river is to pay for and itís a bit naff but might be ok in October. Donít know about the Aire at Domme but all 3 places are well worth a look. Loads of castles along this route and the best way to see the area is to rent a Kayak if they are still doing them. This area is probably the most famous of the tourist trail areas of the Dordogne but it should be free of hordes of Brits in October.
    Domme is a hill top village, great views down the river and Vitrac is just a lovely hamlet under a Chateaux with a couple of restaurants and a nice walk down to the river about half a mile away.
    Vitrac is also the nicest and nearest Aire for Sarlat which is about 3 miles up the back roads. There is an Aire at Sarlat but I have heard itís grim and I think its 7 euros. Details I have are here. Latitude : (Nord) 44.89584į Dťcimaux ou 44į 53′ 45′′
    Longitude : (Est) 1.21242į Dťcimaux ou 1į 12′ 44′′.

    If you can go to Sarlat on Market day as itís a good market. The old town is stunning. Lots of places to treat yourselves to something nice to eat there.

    FRANCE LAROQUE GAGEAC (24) Aire CCI 874
    44.8244, 1.18394
    Link: http://www.campingcar-infos.com/Fran....php?numid=874

    DOMME (24) Aire CCI 1673
    44.80121, 1.22185

    Link: http://www.campingcar-infos.com/Fran...php?numid=1673


    FRANCE VITRAC Montfort (24) Aire CCI 1036
    44.83558, 1.24852

    Link: http://www.campingcar-infos.com/Fran...php?numid=1036



    ROCAMADOUR
    If you have time then just out of the Dordogne less than an hour from Sarlat is Rocamadour. Built into a hillside on a deep valley itís an amazing place to look at but a bit touristy. Well worth a bit of a detour if you have time and there is a large free parking area at the top of the village but no services.
    Unless youíre feeling super fit you might want to take the elevator down to the village!
    ROCAMADOUR
    44.79944, 1.61611
    Link: http://www.campingcar-infos.com/Fran....php?numid=443


    So thatís it. A Whistle stop tour of the Dordogne!! Enjoy!

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    Shame about Limeuil ...
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    Thanks Barry - that lot should keep me occupied for the next few days - but I thought the bar opened by eight in the evening?

    I've just come back from the offy with the wife .......

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