The walk from Martel to Rocamadour weaves through 130 kilometres (81 miles) of French countryside and picturesque villages and towns. From Martel in the Midi-Pyrénées, your journey takes you north into the Limousin region and circles around through Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne before heading south once more into the Midi-Pyrénées and your destination of Rocamadour.
In addition to the visual feast that awaits you in these lovely places, you’ll discover fresh food markets at Martel, Curemonte, Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne, Bretenoux and Carennac, where you can find regional delicacies to bolster your picnic lunches. You’ll also have two châteaux (and the remains of a third) to wander through and the chance to explore the underground lakes and caves of Gouffre de Padirac.
Walking this path will enable you to connect on a deeper and more personal level with the culture and the history of the villages, towns and places you’ll discover. Imagine how you’ll feel when you reach Rocamadour, and stand in the same spot as the English King Henri II and Sir Thomas Beckett to admire the statue of the Black Madonna—which legend says was brought here in the first century A.D. by Zaccheus, a servant of Mary.
This path follows a number of connecting Grand Randonnée paths – the GR 46, GR 480 and GR 652. There is no TopoGuide unfortunately which summarises this walk into a single book but a few easy-to-follow IGN maps will keep you on the track.