Céou Valley Cycling Trail
- Castelnaud > The Abbey : 25km
From Castelnaud on the Dordogne valley, heading south through the narrow Céou valley.
This 25 kms long signposted route alternates between paths and small roads with little traffic up to "l'Abbaye Nouvelle" in the Lot.
The Céou, a small river with fresh and clear waters, invites you to stroll and swim.
Don't forget the picnic to share a bucolic moment with your family.
More informations :
Tel. 05 53 31 71 00 (Domme Tourist Office)
Tel. 05 53 29 88 84 (Daglan Tourist Office)
The cycle track from Sarlat
After their abandonment by the SNCF, the old Sarlat-Souillac and Sarlat-Gourdon railways have been partially refurbished as greenways by a mixed syndicate: as far as Peyrillac-et-Millac in the direction of Souillac and as far as Groléjac in the direction of Gourdon. Entirely asphalted and secured, this greenway is specially adapted to couple or family walks, especially as access to motorized vehicles is strictly forbidden.
The green way from Sarlat
From Sarlat to Carsac-Aillac
In this sense, it is ideal even for pedal stroke refractory. Indeed, the slope goes down to Carsac. The landscape is superb, dense forest, trenches in the rock, small stone bridges above and below, in short, nothing but pleasure. After overhanging the village of Carsac, one naturally passes in front of its station, but without being obliged to stop there. Shortly afterwards, we arrive at a fork in the road: turn left towards Aillac and go straight on towards Groléjac. At this point, you will already have covered 5 kilometres.
From Carsac to Souillac
The road passes under the D704, then plunges back into the woods, overlooking a goose farm, then a beautiful descent to the village of Aillac which you can see from above (very pretty view of Aillac through a wrought iron parapet), then a walk through the countryside to Peyrillac-et-Millac. Then you reach the village of Cazoulès (3kms from Souillac) by a rural road.
From Carsac to Gourdon
Continuing straight ahead, a few hundred metres further on, you leave the forest for a truly unusual sight: a stone viaduct all to yourself with a magnificent, unobstructed view of the Dordogne. Then we plunge back into a piece of forest before arriving at the village of Groléjac.
The track stops there but a route on small country roads takes you to Gourdon (Quercy) passing, of course, through the lake of Roc Percé and its leisure centre...
Groléjac: the marshland route
The Marais is a remarkable wetland located upstream of the Groléjac water body. It is the largest limestone marsh in the Dordogne department (surface area of 25 hectares).
In 1994, the low marsh was converted into a recreational lake for fishing and swimming. In return, the commune has undertaken to work for the preservation of the nature of the high marsh. This required major ecological management work: digging ponds, clearing brushwood, ...
Le Marais de Groléjac: information area
Groléjac: the channels of the nature reserve
Recognized as being of regional interest, the Groléjac marshland became, in 2002, one of the 5 Regional Nature Reserves (RNR) of Aquitaine.
You can discover this natural space in two very complementary ways:
- on foot: a 1.2 km footpath (duckboard on stilts) crosses the reserve, offering stops with benches and information panels. The trail is safe for people with reduced mobility.
- by boat: boats (to rent at the reception) allow you to use the channels of the marsh for 1.2 km.
Previously considered as unhealthy areas that had to be drained, the marshes are now demonstrating their vital importance for the environment. They are in fact :
Groléjac Nature Reserve: preservation of bio-diversity
- carbon dioxide traps, thus reducing the greenhouse effect
- sponges that retain water in the winter and release it in the summer
- almost total water treatment plants (filtration of more than 90% of bacteria, phosphates and nitrates)
- biodiversity reservoirs (preservation of endangered plant species, reproduction of fauna (in Groléjac: water hens, snipes, teals, green-necked ducks, coypu, ...)
The peaty soil of the Groléjac marsh is particularly favourable to marsh fern, water clover, wild orchids, marsh sphagnum moss, ...
On the shrub side, glutinous alder and red willow reign supreme here.