If you sat down and designed a country that would be perfect for cyclists I think you would probably end up with France. Beautiful landscapes, kind weather, quiet roads with generally polite, unhurried drivers and quiet cafes for a break. Cycling in the Dordogne Valley offers all of that but add in the backdrop of medieval villages, castles and vineyards and really, what more could you want?
For the serious cyclists who plan to spend lots of hours in the saddle we recommend May, June, September and October. Generally July and August are too hot for serious miles and the roads are busier. September probably has the edge over October, although it’s still mild October can be a little rainier. We have a range of detailed maps, guide books and routes of varying length and difficulty and are happy to help you plan your itinerary.
If you would like to bring your own bikes we have a large secure garage with bike rack where you can safely store all of your equipment.
If you do bring your own bikes remember that:
- Legally, bikes must be fitted with a bell and fully functioning brakes. Reflectors and front and rear lights are required if you are out after dark.
- A crash helmet is not compulsory in France, but it is strongly advised. It would be rare these days to see anyone out on the country roads without a helmet. Cyclists must also wear a high-visibility waistcoat if cycling after dark on country roads.
- In the towns – if there is a marked cycle lanes cyclists are required to use it.
- The same rules apply to cyclists as car drivers – including “no entry”, “one way” and “stop” signs.
- Cyclists may ride two-abreast during daylight. At night, single file cycling is obligatory.
- Cycling while under the influence of alcohol can lead to a fine, the impounding of the bike, and potentially the withdrawal of the cyclist’s driving licence. The same blood levels apply for cycling as they do for driving.
Cycling in the Dordogne Valley – Hire equipment locally
Alternatively, if you would prefer to hire equipment locally, you might like to try Simon and Giselle at velodulot.com. They have a good range of bikes, including some electric ones if you don’t fancy the hills. You can make your arrangements in advance of your trip and the equipment will be delivered to the cottage. Accessories for hire include: kiddy trailer, saddle bag, pannier bags, handlebar mounted carrier and a computer for the road bikes.
With so many things to do in the area Ferme du Bournet is a great choice for non-cycling group members who would prefer to do some sight-seeing or spend time around the pool.
Find out all about our holiday cottage in the Dordogne – the perfect base for your trip to this beautiful area.
Looking for some inspiration? Read our Top 10 List for suggestions of what to see and do while you are here.
Or maybe this video from the Tourist Office will give you some ideas of activities you can try while you are here:
Please don’t hesitate to ask us any questions that you may have regarding the property, the area, availability, booking or anything else that’s on your mind. We are online every day and we are always happy to help you plan your perfect holiday in the Dordogne Valley.