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Martel to Rocamadour

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This walk of 130 kilometres (81 miles) starts at Martel in the Midi-Pyrénées, heads north into the Limousin region and circles around through Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne before heading south once more into the Midi-Pyrénées and finishing in Rocamadour. On the way, it passes through six of the ‘most beautiful villages’ in France – Turenne, Collonges-la-Rouge, Curemonte, Autoire, Loubressac and Carennac. In addition to these picturesque villages, there are fresh food markets at Martel, Curemonte, Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne, Bretenoux or Carennac to enjoy, two chateaux (and the remains of a third) to wander through and the underground lakes and caves of Gouffre de Padirac to explore. In Rocamadour, you will stand in the same spot as the English King Henri II and Sir Thomas Beckett to admire the statue of the Black Madonna – which legend says was brought here in the first century A.D. by Zaccheus, a servant of Mary. Keen to get started?
Collonges-la-Rouge, FranceCollonges-la-RougeFranceThe GR walking path that leads into Collonges-la-Rouge.Collonges-la-Rouge, FranceCollonges-la-RougeFranceAuberge de Benges - my favourite restaurant in Collonges-la-Rouge. The food is delicious and the terrace overlooks the backyard and surrounding...Collonges-la-Rouge, FranceCollonges-la-RougeFranceChapel des Pénitents in Collonges-la-Rouge. This is the church where the local villagers (who were not allowed in the abbey church) would have...Collonges-la-Rouge, FranceCollonges-la-RougeFranceA back street in the 'most beautiful village' of Collonges-la-Rouge.Collonges-la-Rouge, FranceCollonges-la-RougeFranceGorgeous red brick buildings in the 'most beautiful village' of Collonges-la-Rouge.Collonges-la-Rouge, FranceCollonges-la-RougeFrancePink roses against the red brick buildings in Collonges-la-Rouge.Collonges-la-Rouge, FranceCollonges-la-RougeFranceApproaching the village of Collonges-la-Rouge. This is one of my favourite 'most beautiful villages' in France. There are gorgeous red brick...Collonges-la-Rouge, FranceCollonges-la-RougeFranceFirst glimpse of the 'most beautiful village' of Collonges-la-Rouge from the walking trail.Ligneyrac, FranceLigneyracFranceThe covered halle here behind the church looks too small to be a market place. If only .... I’d taken a photo of the information plaque nearby ...Turenne, FranceTurenneFranceTurenne, France All streets in Turenne lead up the hill to the remains of the chateau.Turenne, FranceTurenneFranceTurenne, France Almost 800 people live in Turenne today. For such a small village, there are far too many names listed here on the War Memorial.Turenne, FranceTurenneFranceTurenne, France The view from the top of Tour César. No armies approaching today!Turenne, FranceTurenneFranceTurenne, France In 1920, gardens were planted where the chateau at Turenne had once stood. At the far end of the gardens is the 12th century Tour...Turenne, FranceTurenneFranceThe chateau in Turenne was home to the ruling family of the region from the 10th to the 18th century when it was sold to King Louis XV to clear a...Turenne, FranceTurenneFranceTurenne, France The village of Turenne viewed from the top of Tour César.Martel, FranceMartelFranceMartel, France Cafés surrounding the covered halle in Martel - site of the Wednesday and Saturday morning markets. Next to the halle is the Tourist...Martel, FranceMartelFranceMartel, France Café on the main street of Martel overlooking one the seven medieval towers dotted around the town.Saint-Denis-près-Martel, Saint-Denis-lès-Martel, FranceSaint-Denis-près-MartelSaint-Denis-lès-Martel, FranceStarting point on the walk from Martel to Rocamadour is the train station here in nearby Saint-Denis-près-Martel.
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