Testing, but very pleasant cycle through the backroads of Dordogne from Souillac to Martel
A rewarding route, that take you up out of Souillac, through some glorious countryside, through charming villages and onto the medieval town of Martel, known locally as the town of the seven towers – you will see why as you wind your way down to the end of today’s route.
It is worth taking time out en-route to explore the tiny, but picture-perfect village of Creysse. Famous for its Foie Gras, the church and town hall are also worth exploring, or if you prefer simply have a coffee beside the stream.
There are some testing hills on this route, particularly right at the beginning so you will need to be reasonably fit to tackle these. 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.
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.
There are a couple of small grocery stores in Souillac 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.
There is a restaurant at Creysse on the route, but other than that it will be at the end in Martel before you can find somewhere to eat.
Souillac is also well served with banks, pharmacies and most other types of shops, all clustered on the main street where you will start your day.
This cycle is included in the following itineraries: