Beynac and the Dordogne

After a night in a truck stop and a couple of days feeling a little ‘hemmed in’ camping near to Sarlat, we were very happy to park up in the amazingly located Camping Le Capeyrou.  It’s right next to the river and directly beneath Château Beynac. This is a great view while you’re washing up – choose the sink third from the left –  but it is also a very good place to visit, even without the washing up views…
We walked up through the village and to the viewpoint at the top, but didn’t pay to go into the Château because it would cost half our daily budget. Apparently it is very well maintained and interesting though, so if interiors of castles are your thing, do go in. For us, the history and the views were enough, this time.

We also took canoes about 10k down the Dordogne, which is a great way to see the river. If you want to hire one yourself then there are lots of places along the river, we booked ours from the campsite and went from Cénac, downstream to Beynac. So we dropped the canoes off just 200m from the campsite and could walk back along the river to our van. (downstream is a very good idea with younger kids). If you want a taste of what can happen on a flat, relaxed canoe journey with kids, well, our kids anyway…. we have a video.

 

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