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Bicycle Ride

Martel to Saint Cere

Bicycle Ride · Midi-Pyrénées
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  • Look for this street right at the beginning.
    / Look for this street right at the beginning.
    Photo: Angus Smith, Macs Adventure
  • Market day in Martel (Wednesdsay morning)
    / Market day in Martel (Wednesdsay morning)
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  • The cliff side run after 5km.
    / The cliff side run after 5km.
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  • Riveside beneath the cliffs.
    / Riveside beneath the cliffs.
    Photo: Angus Smith, Macs Adventure
  • View from Belvedere de Copeyre
    / View from Belvedere de Copeyre
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  • The Church at Cerennac
    / The Church at Cerennac
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  • / Carennac
    Photo: Angus Smith, Macs Adventure
  • / Looking over to Saint Cerre
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  • / Place du Marcadial, Saint Cerre
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0 150 300 450 m km 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 Medieval Martel Carennac

This longer route sees you following the River Dordogne from Martel, through the pretty village of Carennac and onto Saint Cerre.

easy
37 km
2:30 h
144 m
220 m

A glorious route through typical Dordgone scenery, and with some exhilirating downhill sections. You will climb out of Martel, before quickly descending to the river, which you will then cross twice with the extremely pretty village of Carennac in between. There are some busy road sections, but these are clearly inidcated in your notes, and for most part you will be on quiet country backroads. The scenery surrounding you is nothing short of superb.

Author’s recommendation

Carennac is a beautiful village, that you will find roughly half way along today's route. It is recommneded that you take time out to explore it's quaint streets, cute shops and impressive church. Another undoubted highlight of today, is the thrilling cliffside descent you will encounter just after 5kms, where you'll get first sight of the mighty Dordogne river. As ever, please take your time and watch out for traffic.

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Author
Angus Smith
Updated: August 03, 2018

Difficulty
easy
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Highest point
259 m
Lowest point
108 m
Best time of year
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Safety information

There are some testing hills on this route, and some glorious downhill sections. You will be on roads all the way, and while they are mostly quiet backroads, it is essential you take great care and be aware of any oncoming traffic. Locals drivers are used to cyclists however, and tend to be courteous and give you plenty of room. There is a great temptation to gather speed on the long downhill sections, but please keep the brakes covered and watch out for cars, rather than look at the scenery.

 

The long section just after Carennac is on a busy main road, but the surface is good and you are mostly heading downhill, so again please be observant and courteous as you go.

 

Carennac can get extremely busy with tourists. We therefore recommend that you dismount your bike on entering the village and push, rather than try and cycling between the crowds of easily distracted pedestrians.

 

Equipment

All normal cycle equipment and outdoor gear is required. In particular cycle gloves, waterproof jacket, a warm layer, bottle of water, and food for the day.  A helmet and padded cycle shorts are highly recommended along with suncream. 

 

Tips, hints and links

There are a couple of small grocery stores in Martel town centre and a large supermarket on the outskirts of town should you need to stock up for the day with food and water. As mentioned earlier, this is a testing route so plenty of liquids and some snacks are essential.

You can restock in Carennac, where you will find a couple of grocery stores on the main street, alongside numerous café and restaurants

There is a pharmacy and a post office just North of the Place de Consul in Martel, about 5 minuntes walk from the Office de Tourisme.

Mobile reception is generally good in the urban areas, but patchy at best in the countryside.

 

 

This cycle is included in the following itineraries:

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Start

Office de Toursime, Martel (236 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
44.936751, 1.608835
UTM
31T 390234 4976865

Destination

Place du Mercadial, Saint Anne

Turn-by-turn directions

As the route starts in the mediaeval town centre with its rabbit warren of streets, the directions are all very close together. I have therefore not included distances until you reach the church on the edge of the town.

 

 

0.00km – From the Office de Tourisme, Head through the arch and into the Place de Consuls. TURN LEFT and head to the corner where the restaurant Saveurs des Halles is located.

 - At the corner TURN LEFT again, and then Immediately right down the small street named Rue Duguesclin which runs down the side of the restaurant.

 - At the end of this short street TURN RIGHT, and then immediately left down Rue de Mirepoises.

 - At the main road, carefully cross and got STRAIGHT ON down Rue de Pourtanel, following the signs for Hotel Saint Anne. If you are staying at Hotel Saint Anne, you can join the route here by turning left as you exit the hotel.

 - Continue down Rue du Pourtanel until you merge with the main road. Here carefully cross to the other side and continue ahead over the railway lines and up the hill.

 

 

1.00km – Stay on the main road and TURN LEFT at the top of the hill, and continue ahead. This will quickly take you onto a long 4km decline. The temptation is to pick up speed, but please be aware of oncoming traffic. You will also be turning sharply left at the bottom of the hill, so be prepared for that,

5.00km – TURN LEFT, following the signs for Gluges. This is easy to miss when you are speeding downhill. Once you have turned left continue up the slope, and you will eventually come to another long dramatic downhill section, that sweeps you down the valley side to the river, with impressive cliffs towering over you on the left.

6.80km – At the end of the “cliff run” there is a small hotel, and you should BEAR LEFT to Gluges at this junction. There is a no entry sign, but this refers to cars only. Continue through the village, and take the right fork downhill. At the end, turn sharply left and head up the short slope and immediately turn right again to join the main road through the village. This road is very narrow – please ne aware of oncoming traffic.

7.70km – At the busy main road, carefully cross the road and continue STRAIGHT ON ahead up the slope, following the signs for St Denis les Martel (D32). This is a very busy road, so please cross with care. You may wish to stop at the hairpin bend and walk up the Belvidere de Copyere viewpoint at the metal cross above you. You cannot take the bike, and must scramble up the rocks. The views are worth it however.

12.10km - At the small village of St Denis les Martel, TURN RGHT over the railway lines and follow the road ahead.

12.80km – At the cross roads with the white metal cross on your right, TURN RIGHT and continue along the main road through the houses and round to the river crossing.

 

14.30km – Cross the suspension bridge (single lane, so please watch out for cars coming the other way – only cross when it is clear). TURN LEFT after the bridge and continue up the road.

19.90km – on entering the village of Carennac, continue across the bridge and BEAR LEFT at the end and follow this road through to the far end. You may wish to spend some time here exploring the pretty village.

20.50km – At the far end of the village, BEAR LEFT onto the busy road and follow the signs for Saint Cerre. You will be on this next section for just over 5km. It’s mostly downhill and you will pick up speed, but be aware of all traffic and make you don’t miss the left turn off the main road turn for Prudohomat

25.90km – TURN LEFT onto the D43 for following the signs for Prudhomat and cross the small bridge ahead. You pass through a small village, and after that follow the road sharply tound the left.

28.40km – On reaching the village of Prudhomat, TURN RIGHT and immediately BEAR LEFT at the fork, following the signs for Saint Cerre.

28.70km – At the top of the road, with the church on your left, BEAR RIGHT down the D19 following the signs to Sant Cerre (7km). Continue past the Jardin D’Enfants.

33.50km – At the junction with the D807, carefully cross the road and go STRAIGHT ON. It does have a cul-de-sac sign, but there is a small path you can cycle through at the far end.

33.90km - Pass through the narrow path and stop at the main road. To avoid the heavy traffic, we are going to go STRAIGHT ON following the sign for Granval. Carefully cross the road when it is safe to do so, and continue up the hill ahead. You will find this hill very steep particularly at the right bend ahead, but persevere as the hills are short.

34.60km – Continue round to the left up another sharp, but short hill and TURN RIGHT at the top. As you move down the steep slope, don’t continue round the sharp right turn, but instead come off, following the next instruction

35.20km – Just before the hairpin bend, BEAR LEFT off the main route and onto Rue Chanteclerc. Follow this road up and around to the right and at the far end TURN RIGHT. Follow this road all the way downhill to just in front of the fats main road into the village.

36.10km - At the bottom, TURN LEFT and cycle parallel to the main road. At the end turn right and head down the main road. Carefully cross the road, and negotiate the roundabout, taking the second main exit, signposted for “Centre Ville”.

36.70km - Continue along the main street into the town, and go STRAIGHT ON at the next roundabout next to the hospital. Continue along this road as it swings gradually right, then follow it sharply left onto the main shopping street.

37.00km - After less than 100m TURN LEFT and into the Pace du Mercadial, and here you have finished today’s route. There are a number of options in the square should you wish to reward yourself with a light refreshment.

 

 

 

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Difficulty
easy
Distance
37 km
Duration
2:30 h
Ascent
144 m
Descent
220 m
Multi-stage tour Scenic With refreshment stops Cultural/historical value Geological highlights

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