Canoeing along the Dordogne River is one our favourite activities, that we try to fit in once or twice a year.
Canoeing past Beynac on the Dordogne River
Your canoe slowly drifts passed Beynac, La Roque-Gageac and the other villages and towns dotted along the Dordogne river, seeing quiet sections of the river that can not be seen in any other way. Perfectly suitable for children as well (although perhaps not for babies and infants less than about three years old), and the canoes only cost a few euros to hire.
You can picnic on the banks of the Dordogne, perhaps in a place suitable for paddling and swimming.
The canoes are hired from one of several hire companies that operate along the Dordogne, along with life-jackets and a large plastic tub to keep your picnic and camera dry. The canoe companies drive you upstream in a minibus and you canoe back downstream, or you canoe downstream from the start point and a minibus is waiting to bring you back. Either way, you only ever canoe with the flow of the river! You can also choose the length of your trip - generally half a day or a whole day.
There are several of these canoe hire companies that operate along the Dordogne - the local tourist office will be able to tell you which operate in the part of the river closest to you. Unmissable!
Common canoeing companies used are:
Le Bugue (follow signs for the aquarium, then another 150m). With this company you can choose whether to canoe on the Dordogne, or its offshoot the Vézère.
Based in La Roque Gageac (see their dreadful website at www.canoe-dordogne.fr if you must - its' almost impossible to enter because you have to click on a moving fish, there are few or no pictures, prices are in francs etc)
Port d'Enveaux, 3km from Beynac and 6km from St Cyprien on the D703.