Semaine de randonnées proposées:
-Du dimanche 28 avril au vendredi 03 mail 2019
-Du dimanche 12 mai au vendredi 17 mai 2019
-Du dimanche 07 juillet au vendredi 12 juillet 2019
-Du dimanche 25 août au vendredi vendredi 30 août 2019
-Du dimanche 15 septembre au vendredi 20 septembre
The Saint Jacques de Compostelle trek
We will ride along the Via Podiensis, one of the contemporary Santiago de Compostela pilgrimage routes.
In the heart of the Causses de Quercy Nature Reserve, amid arid plateaux and green valleys, the Compostela route makes for a highly cultural 5 days trek. A succession of sites tell tales of prehistory, pilgrims’ overnight resting places in priories, or just the everyday life of the shepherds.
In this mixed setting of stone and greenery, riding along the Lot and Célé rivers, I invite you to take this classic journey through the Lot. You can be sure that this millennium route is storing up a thousand and one happy memories for you!
Age of riders: All ages.
The trek suits any rider.
Length of the trek: 6 days: 5 nights with 6 days on horseback.
Ability level of riders: Must be confident in walk, trot and canter.
The trek is open to all riders who ride regularly
It is also possible to bring your own horse
Maximum size of group : 8
The trek is planned for 2 or more with a maximum of 10 riders.
The route taken follows marked tracks (GR or Grande Randonnée paths and/or bridleways). It also possible to ride independently
Cost: 1190.00 € per person
(Group of 5-8)
For group of 2-4 please contact us.
The price includes:
-A planned and accompanied trek,
-All food and lodging,
-Horse and tack,
-Transport of luggage and supplies.
Additional costs :
-Any extra nights (before and after the trek)
-Visit to any sites
-Aperitifs and extra drinks not included in the price of meals
DAY 1 : Pech Merle Equestrian Farm – Marcilhac sur Célé: approx. 25 km (15 miles) and 5 hours on horseback.
Stony terrain with climbs and descents. This first leg provides a good warm-up and is the steepest and wildest of the route. We will ride along the Célé Valley as far as Marcilhac on GR (hiking trail) 651.
A part of this trail is used in the international Vigan equestrian endurance competition. We will ride through Cabrerets and its châteaux: the 8th century Château du Diable (Devil’s Castle) built into the cliff-face and the 13th century Gontaud Biron Château; picnic and visit to the Cuzals open air museum; with a beautiful view from an overhanging path.
Arrival in the medieval village of Marcilhac sur Célé. Possibility of a guided tour of the village and the old 10th century abbey (overnight in chambre d’hôte).
DAY 2 : Marcilhac sur Célé – Béduer: approx. 30 km (19 miles) and 5 hours on horseback.
There is less climbing on this beautiful leg which will take us to the edge of the green Limargue region and is dotted with major sites and remarkable views over the Célé valley. We will cross Saint Sulpice, the ancient 12th century town and 8th century Brengues. Lunch at the foot of the ancient 13th century priory. We will leave the banks of the Célé at Saint Eulalie (10th century) to the Causses (limestone) plateau with its walled pathways and its “cazelles” (dry stone huts).
We will arrive in the late afternoon at our evening stopover at Michelle and Jean-Claude Chassain’s Pech Ibert campsite, where we can enjoy the pool, weather permitting.
Night spent in a chalet with dinner at our hosts’ restaurant.
DAY 3 : Béduer – Saint Jean De Laur : 35km (22 miles) and 5 hours on horseback.
We will wave farewell to Béduer, with its feudal memories, as we join the track GR 65.
This is the main route of Compostela pilgrims in France and where we will cross the massif separating the Lot and Célé valleys. Lunch in Gréalou, a village overlooking the Causses. A path under a tunnel of trees will take us to Cajarc, the lively medieval town where we will tether the horses and have a well deserved break on the terrace of one of the town’s cafés.
We will end the day with a ride up the rockface to our evening stopover, the Domaine de Gayfié.
Night in individual houses with supper on site.
DAY 4 : Circular ride: 25-30 kms, 5 - 6 hours on horseback.
We leave the Lot and the GR65 to ride into the Aveyron department which is at the edge of the Causse and Rouergue. Midday meal beside the Bannac Lake.
With its "gouffres" (deep chasms), abandoned monasteries, villages of stone houses with stone tiled roofs (lauzes), secluded, box-filled valleys: the past is always present in the Aveyron.
Night spent in a characterful house, evening meal at the manor house.
DAY 5 : Saint Jean de Laur - Concots : this stage is on more level ground.
We will ride along the old Roman road, the "Cami Gasco", or the "Cami Ferrat" which connected Caylus to Cahors, moving further on to the limestone plateau, with its vegetation of oaks, maples and junipers from the Causse de Limogne to the Quercy Blanc.
Riding through the dry grass scrubland, rich in orchids, on the tracks between old sinkholes, we pass by the beautiful, 12th century castle of Couanac before arriving at La Loge and our hosts for the night, Jean Marie and Jacqueline Aillet.
Sleeping in a large house typical of the Quercy after a rustic meal with our hosts and an evening gathering round the old fireplace.
DAY 6 : Concots – Cabrerets: 30 km (19 miles) and 5 hours on horseback.
We leave GR 65 shortly after Concots, riding through “ouvalas” (giant dolines) to return to the magical beauty of the Lot valley and the unique village of Saint Cirq Lapopie. A stop here to stroll and get a taste of the gentle way of life in this museum village, chosen by painters and writers, is a must. The warm setting and gastronomic cuisine of Le Cantou or La Tonnelle Restaurant will make happy guests of us.
This is the last leg, when our mounts will sense the stables. We’ll ride along the towpath cut into the rock, a witness to a once flourishing boating business.
Arrival at Pech Merle Equestrian Farm late afternoon
The horses : The trekking horses are Barb, Arab and Arab X and are confident, tough and comfortable. Some were born at Pech Merle, all have been raised there and are trained for trekking. they guarantee you safety and comfort.
The tack: trekking saddles, Gaston Mercier, JMS,...
MARCILHAC SUR CELE : Chambre d’hôte : Ferme de Cazals, Fabienne et Jean Michel Bos route de Pailhès 46160 Marcilhac sur Célé.
tél 05 65 50 07 89 email :
BEDUER : Chalet : Camping PECH IBERT,Jean-Paul et Michelle Chassain 46100 BEDUER
Tél: 05 65 40 05 85
SAINT JEAN DE LAUR : résidence de tourisme : Domaine de Gayfié, LiseLot Schwarzer 46260 Saint-Jean-de-Laur
CONCOTS : "ACCUEIL PAYSAN" Relais paysan - Ferme biologique
Jacqueline et Jean-Marie Aillet 05 65 31 55 04
Pascal, whose grandfather discovered the "Grottes de Pech Merle", leads the ride on bridleways, sharing his home region with you. A recognised equestrian tourism leader, he has a B.P.J.E.P.S. Tourisme Equestre diploma.
You will need to bring :
- Riding clothes
- Strong shoes (eg: walking boots). Avoid wearing new shoes
- A lightweight waterproof
- A change of clothes, toileteries
- A torch
Finally: How to find us:
By road : A 20 motorway,
- From Paris exit 56 (Figeac 30 kms)
- From Toulouse exit 57 (Cahors Nord 45 kms)
By train :
-Cahors (35 kms)
-SNCF coach (8 kms)
By plane :
-Toulouse Blagnac airport (120 kms)
-Brive- Vallée de la Dordogne airport (75kms)