I’m a very keen cyclist and one of the reasons I chose to come and live in this part of France is because there are miles and miles of quiet, undulating roads to cycle along, and with very little traffic. I love the fact that it’s quiet, and yet it’s not too far to cycle to a boulangerie, or an interesting village. It’s undulating, so you can cycle further – and see more – than you would if it were hilly. An experienced cyclist can cycle out to the coast, have a relaxing lunch stop and cycle back again.
It isn’t mountainous, so if it’s steep mountains you want, then it probably isn’t for you…. However, if it is interesting terrain with beautiful scenery and interesting places to see whilst out cycling this area is ideal. Whether you’re a complete novice – inspired by the recent Olympic and Tour de France UK successes or wanting to find a new hobby – or an experienced cyclist or group of cyclists, we have a holiday to suit you.
Cycling holidays can be tailored to your needs, and dates are completely flexible, but my suggestions would be:
Beginners – for someone who is completely new to cycling and/or is not particularly fit… This holiday is either fully escorted and involves short loops from Le Jardin du Berger and back again, visiting local places and each day pushing yourself just that bit more than the day before so that by the end of the week you could be cycling 10 miles, if you wanted to. I can arrange for the hire of suitable bikes and for £50 collect/return you to Limoges or Bordeaux airport.
Leisure cyclist – If you already enjoy cycling and can comfortably cycle 40 miles in a day, there are lots of places you can visit either escorted or independent of me… Picturesque Aubeterre along the Dronne valley ,where you can visit a cave church carved out of a cliff... Cycle a route that takes you to Romanesque churches… Learn more about the fascinating Templars - scenes from the crusades can be found in the “Chapelle des Templiers”, which is a couple of km outside Blanzac…
Experienced - I can recommend tours that could take you to the coast or to Angouleme, Pons, Cognac, Jarnac with their lovely cafes to stop at and feast before your ride back to Le Jardin du Berger; the gentle hills in the classic cognac countryside makes for good scenery as you are cycling. I can provide you with maps of the area, plus a garmin to record your route and if something goes wrong and you find yourself needing assistance I can drive out and collect you.
The Autmum is lovely - warm and bright - yet without the heat intensity of the summer that could make cycling a little uncomfortable for some. Le Jardin du Berger is a quiet place set in the countryside - when you return from your cycle ride there are plenty of places to relax both indoors and out, plus a swimming pool. We have a secure, locked garage where you can safely store your bikes, a bike maintenance workstand and cycling tools. The cost is £500 per person week self-catering which includes accommodation in a double room (single use) with private shower room/wc. Numbers – We can accommodate 3 residential guests staying alone in a room each. However, if you are travelling with a friend/s – participating or not – we can of course accommodate them too – max. 10 people in total.