If fairytale castles and picturesque villages make your heart skip a beat, the 130-kilometre (80-mile) walk from Martel to Rocamadour is the perfect choice for you.
And the I Love Walking in France – Martel to Rocamadour guidebook has everything you need to plan the perfect itinerary.
Visit Turenne, Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne and Collonges-la-Rouge…
Passing through six of France’s most beautiful villages—Turenne, Collonges-la-Rouge, Curemonte, Autoire, Loubressac and Carennac—this walk also offers the opportunity to visit the underground lakes and caves of Gouffre de Padirac and explore the châteaux at Montal and Castelnau-Bretenoux.
And after seven days of walking, you’ll arrive in Rocamadour, (considered the second most important religious site in France after Mont-Saint-Michel) where Zaccheus, a servant of the Virgin Mary, came to live in the caves as a hermit in the years following the death of Jesus.
Visit Curemonte, Château de Castelnau-Bretenoux and Rocamadour…
Eighty pages packed with everything you need to know to plan an itinerary and book accommodation (the morning before or six months earlier!) along the seven-day, 130-kilometre (81-mile) walk from Martel to Rocamadour.
Presented in a light, easy to read format and illustrated with dozens of photos, this comprehensive guidebook covering distances, accommodation, suggested itineraries, practical tips on transport options, market days, available services (where to find a pharmacy or ATM) and much more makes planning a breeze.
Visit Autoire, Loubressac and Carennac…
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How often is the guidebook updated?
I Love Walking in France guidebooks are updated in January/February each year.
If you purchase a guidebook but are not able to complete the walk before the new edition is released, let me know at [email protected] I will email you a discount code to download the updated guide at no cost!
Updates to content which occur throughout the year are listed at the bottom of this page.
Is the guidebook available in paperback as well as PDF format?
No, the guidebook is only available in PDF format.
Once the purchase is complete, you’ll be redirected to a web page containing a link to the guidebook. Download the PDF file by clicking on the link and saving the file to your device.
This provides easy access to website links so that booking accommodation, checking bus timetables and confirming the opening hours of Tourist Offices and other attractions is a breeze!
What’s in the guidebook that’s not covered on the website?
It’s true, you’ll find a lot of information here on the website, including:
- What to expect on the walk
- Map of the path and its location in France
- My suggested itinerary, including tips for sightseeing and market days
- A list of all the towns and villages where you’ll find accommodation and the distances between them
- Practical tips for walking safely and considerately
Inside an I Love Walking in France digital guidebook, you’ll also find—
- A complete packing list covering all the essential items you’ll need to take and a few optional extras
- Useful French phrases to help you book a taxi, book a room, ask about breakfast, order dinner, buy a train ticket and understand directions
- Dozens of photos
Each village has a dedicated section covering:
- Population (because a village of 35 will not have an ATM not matter how badly you need one)
- Accommodation—hotels, chambre d’hôtes, gîtes and campgrounds… including website links
- Available services—cafés, bakeries, grocery stores, doctors, pharmacies, banks and ATMs
- Train and bus services, including website links to check or download timetables
- Taxi phone numbers
- Tourist Office location and website
- Market days and other festivals
- A brief history of the village and details of museums, churches and other attractions
Does the guidebook include walking notes?
No. For up-to-date information on routes and elevations, I recommend carrying the IGN maps—topographic maps which show the path, nearby roads and villages and the lay of land—available in both electronic and paper formats.
Who is this guidebook for?
I love Walking in France guidebooks are for those wanting a broader experience of the French joie de vivre beyond the chemin—those wanting to travel a little slower and take the time to explore historic chapels, climb the tower of a ruined châteaux, visit local museums, plan their day around the fresh food market and, of course, to savour the delicious food and wine for which France is, quite rightly, famous.
If you prefer to travel simply and lightly—camping whenever possible, perhaps preparing your own meals each night and focusing mostly on the trail—you’ll find everything you need on the IGN maps.
Do you have a refund policy?
Bien sur! If you are not completely happy with your I Love Walking in France guidebook, please email me at [email protected] within 30 days of purchase for a full refund.
After reading this guidebook, I feel very confident my trip will be amazing.
“Once I realised that France had a walking trail system, I was excited to plan a walking trip in France. However, I was a bit concerned about finding up-to-date information dealing with distances, lodging and highlights of each town.
Melinda Lusmore’s, ‘I Love Walking in France – Martel to Rocamadour’ guidebook has completely covered all aspects of travel by foot; from necessary maps, clothing to bring, sleeping and eating options, as well as transportation concerns.
After reading this guidebook, I feel very confident my trip will be amazing. Her enthusiasm for walking and exploring small French towns is evident throughout the pages of her guide. I look forward to reading all the guides in her series.” Jackie Barnes
Martel to Rocamadour (2021 edition)
80 pages covering 130 kilometres (81 miles) over seven days of walking.
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Revisions to the Martel to Rocamadour guidebook
How should I approach this walk?
If you have read earlier editions of this guidebook, you’ll notice that several of the distances have changed. One of my readers (thank you Susan) kindly let me know that the section between Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne and Bretenoux seemed much longer than my guidebook indicated. GR paths are rerouted from time to time for a variety of reasons—less strenuous routes are found or walkers are guided away from a damaged section of the path. As you follow the red and white blazes, you may be unaware that the path is no longer aligning with the path marked on the IGN map. But this change prompted me to check the entire route, and a few other, more minor changes caused me to reconsider how I would do this walk.
Most sections suffered only small adjustments, but a slight increase to the third day from Collonges-la-Rouge to Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne (previously 27 kilometres/17 miles), pushed it beyond my limits. I have now broken this day in two and recommend an overnight stop in Curemonte.
The section from Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne to Bretenoux can be safely walked by following the departmental roads (D41 and D803) to the west of the Dordogne River. This road carries mostly local traffic and wide verges between the road and the river provide a safe passage for walkers.
The walk from Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne to Bretenoux can be covered in three to four hours, but instead of walking, I would enjoy a relaxed start to the morning and take a taxi to Château de Montal. After visiting the castle, I would take another taxi onto Bretenoux, arriving in plenty of time to explore this small town.
O Champs de l’Heure (Curemonte) – new phone number is 05 55 84 03 49
Le Clos Rudolphe (Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne) – new listing (three rooms, eight people)
Domaine de Borie (Bretenoux) – listing removed
Chambre d’Hôte de la Bastide – new listing (three rooms, nine people)
Le Chambre d’Alain (Loubressac) – new listing (two rooms, four people)
La Maison du Rocher (Carennac) – new listing (four rooms, 14 people)
L’Instant Nouveau (Carennac) – new listing (three rooms, six people)
Hôtel Beau Site (Rocamadour) – new listing (three star)
Les Pirondeaux (Rocamadour) – new listing (three rooms, eight people)