Length 5 km (3.1 miles), terrain: one hill of 80 meters
NOTE: This is the latest of our Summer Fun-Run routes, in vacation towns in Europe.
The Dordogne in western France is truly the home of The Good Life (TGL). TGL starts with a few basic staples: the food and wine are wonderful, the restaurants are relaxed and affordable, there are castles on every hilltop, there are great spots to canoe and camp, and the whole area is steeped in fascinating history.
Much of what we know about prehistoric man comes from finds along the Vézère River, a tributary of the Dordogne. The whole river is lined with cliffs and caves, where people have lived since Neanderthal- and Cro-Magnon-days, leaving behind beautiful cave paintings and carved utensils. The Lascaux cave paintings are just up the river. There are still houses lining the cliff-faces where people live to this day.
|Dordogne scene in La Roque Gageac|
So go to the canoe dock right on the river, in the middle of the campground, and turn south to follow the little river trail between the campground huts and the water.
|Running between river and fields|
After 1.5-kilometers, the river will curve to the right, as the cliffs on the other side rise above the fields.
Now run through the little woods and past the canoe let-in spot.
|Looking ahead from the canoe-let-in spot|
|St. Christophe cliff village across the river: those are tiny people in the crack on the right side|
|The trail heading under the bridge|
You'll hit the main (and only) street, where you turn right and run through the village for a couple of blocks, past the church.
Where the side-road heads uphill, just after the grocery store, follow it.
|Turn left here at the store to head up the hill!|
|Countryside along the hilltop|
Turn right along the right edge of those houses, at the 4-kilometer mark, and start heading downhill directly towards the campground along an old gravel road.
|Turn right just before this round-house to head back to the campground!|
It will wind through more woods and fields until it comes out at the farm directly across the street from Le Paradis. A nice little river-and-hill run in the heart of the Dordogne! And when you've taken a shower and jumped in a pool, you can head off to any of the nearby villages for a great dinner and another taste of TGL.