Return section of the Ridelimousin etangs de la Brenne Tour. Our routes are split into outbound and return legs and start and finish at Ridelimousin, more information on these routes available at http://www.ridelimousin.com
Distance: 230 miles 366 Kms
Regions: North Dordogne, Haute Vienne, Correze.
Attractions: Chateau de Puymartin, Château de Puyguilhem, Château de Jumilhac, Château de Hautefort, Château de Bourdeilles, Château Châlus Maulmont , Arnac Pompadour National Stud and Chateau, Segur le Chateau, Le Tour Masseret, Château de Coussac-Bonneval.
Coffee Stops: Ussel, Vigeois, Arnac Pompadour, Peirqueux, Chalus, Masseret,
Description: There are some narrow roads with dodgy road surfaces on this route so beware... The Dordogne region has many of the finest castles in France, often in spectacular locations, and frequently surrounded by carefully manicured gardens with far-reaching views over the surrounding countryside. Many of the castles date from the turbulent times in the 12th-14th centuries and the wars between England and France (see Hundred Years War). Also where Richard the Lion Heart spent most of his days.
Outbound section of the Ridelimousin etangs de la Brenne Tour. Our routes are split into outbound and return legs and start and finish at Ridelimousin, more information on these routes available at www.ridelimousin.com
Disatnce: 156 Miles. 251 Kms
Towns: Treignac, Lacelle, Eymoutires, Peyrat-Le-Chateaux, St-Leonard-de-Noblat, Ambazac, Oredour-sur-Glane, Limoges, Le Chatenet, Chateauneuf-la-Foret
Regions: Limousin (Haute Vienne, Correze)
Roads: D132E3, D940, D5, D13, D19, D711, D9, D1141 (N141), D2000, A20 (not Toll) , D979, D160,
Attractions: Resistance Museum, Oredour-sur-Glane (Martyred Village WWII)
Coffee Stops: Peyrat-Le-Chateaux The Bellerive friendly English owned where you can get a real cuppa tea. Oradour-sur-Glane town centre a good place for a lunch stop, Eymoutiers on the way back.
Description: The D940 to Peyrat-le-Chateaux is absolutely awesome by the time you get to Eymoutiers you will be in rythm with the bends but once you start to climb out of Eymoutiers you will be grining from ear to ear and wanting to go back again once you have had a cup of rosey lea in Peyrat-le-Chateaux. If you were not sure of left or right hand bends you can be asured that they will be coming together after the ride thus far. The road narrows slightly from here to the A20 but still interesting as far as twistie goes, though some might be out of sync. The road once crossing the A20 to Oradour is through a plethra of small typically French towns, but once you get to Oradour you realise the horrors which had befallen the area during June 1945. The route back is down a duel carriageway to the A20 for a couple of junctions before heading once more down a cracking fast bike road to Eymoutiers before once again picking up the D940s smooth bends back to Treignac.
Distance: 205 Miles, 328 Kms
Towns: Treignac, Lac de Bariousses, Lac Viam, Bugat, Meymac, Bort-Les-Orgues, Mount Dore, Clermont Ferrand, Ussel, Les Bourboule, Borg Lastic, Egletons.
Regions: Correze, Cantal, Puy Dome.
Roads: D16, D940, D979, D36, D922, D996, D130, D983, D1089 (N89), D914,
Attraction: Chateaux de Val, Barrage Bort-Les Orgues, Mount Dore, Puy Dome, Michellin MotoGP Memorial. Le Mont Fraternite.
Coffee Stops: Chateaux de Val, Les Bourboule, Mont Dore, Puy Mary, Ussel
Description: Long wide open roads with visibility for miles through miles and miles of undulating sweeping bends left and right with great views of the Auvergne region mountains an area full of Ski resorts you will be sure to use the whole of your tyre... Suitable for all bikes and rider style.
Distance: 181 Miles 291 Kms
Towns: Treignac, Tulle, Altilac, St Jene Lagineste, St Cere, Padirac, Rocamadour, Payrac, Souillac, Noailles, Brive-La-Gaillarde, Donzenac, Uzerche, Chamberet.
Regions: Correze, Midi Pyrenees.
Roads: D16, D940, D1120 (N120), D1, D125, D807, D673, D90, D1020 (N20), D19, D154, D158, D920, D3.
Attractions: Beaulieu-Sur-Dordogne, Gouffre de Padirac, Rocamadour, Grotte des Merveilles,
Coffee Stops: Tulle Centre (Park inside the Cathederal boundry), Beaulieu-Sur-Dordogne is a spectacular place park in the square and wonder around the town. Lunch at either Padirac or above Rocamadour. There are fewer cafes on the route from Rocamadour to Brive so if you see one open stop. Ussel is nice, as you enter the Town turn left up into the Chateaux and park in the square (Cobbled road).
Description: This route gets technical in the middle where the D940 becomes a twisting snake like narrow road for about 15 miles, not for heavy longwheeled bikes unless you are used to riding narrow twistie country lanes. The route out of Rocamadour is superb but hard work on something like the Triumph Rocket 3. Going through Brive City can be a pain but worth the effort as the road down off the N20 into the centre is nice, however if you want to avoid it drop onto the A20 (not a toll) for a couple of junctions and get off on the D920 to Donzenac to rejoin the route. Be careful when going down the hill and through the tunnel to Rocamadour as there is often oncoming traffic in the middle of the road...