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The walk from Martel to Rocamadour weaves through 130 kilometres (81 miles) of French countryside, visiting six of the ‘most beautiful villages’ in France (Turenne, Collonges-la-Rouge, Curemonte, Autoire, Loubressac and Carennac), two châteaux (and the remains of a third) and the underground lakes and caves of Gouffre de Padirac, before arriving in the historic village of Rocamadour.

Dreaming of a long-distance walk visiting six of the ‘most beautiful villages’ in France? This walk from Martel to Rocamadour may be the perfect solution!

130 kilometres (81 miles) of walking from Martel, through some of France’s most glorious countryside—and six of its most beautiful villages—brings us to Rocamadour. Considered the second most important religious site in France (after Mont-Saint-Michel), Rocamadour attracts a steady stream of visitors. Let’s join them and explore this historic village.

Rocamadour (Martel to Rocamadour

Inspiration and practical tips for long-distance walkers

Long-distance walking, covering hundreds of kilometres, can seem a daunting idea. But a few practical tips will have you walking safely and comfortably...

Practical tips for long-distance walking

Long-distance walking, covering hundreds of kilometres, can seem a daunting idea. But a few practical tips will have you walking safely and comfortably.

Château de Castelnau-Bretenoux, Bretenoux, France

Walking from Martel to Rocamadour

Enjoy a leisurely week of walking through six of France’s most beautiful villages, visit Château de Castelnau-Bretenoux, food markets and the Gouffre de Padirac – and the twelfth-century church of Saint-Hilaire de la Combe.

Learn more about your options for overnight accommodation between Martel and Rocamadour.

Walking from Martel to Rocamadour

Learn more about your options for overnight accommodation between Martel and Rocamadour.

13 best hill villages near Nice France

13 of the best hill villages near Nice

France Travel Inspiration - A list of the 13 best hill villages (perched villages) to visit near Nice on the French Riviera France

Located sixteen kilometres (ten miles) past Martel on the GR 46—GR 480 path, Turenne is the perfect place to stop after your first day of walking. It is also the first of six most beautiful villages you’ll visit on this long-distance walk which winds 130 kilometres (81 miles) to Rocamadour. Let’s walk around and see what makes Turenne one of France’s most beautiful villages!

Turenne (Martel to Rocamadour

Located sixteen kilometres (ten miles) past Martel on the GR 480 path, Turenne is the perfect place to stop after your first day of walking. It is also the first of six most beautiful villages you’ll visit on this long-distance walk which winds 130

Nine hundred years ago, Cluny monks built a monastery in a small clearing near the Dordogne River. A village developed around the abbey, a château was built next door and high walls protected the occupants. Today, this slice of medieval history is known as Carennac and is classified among France’s most beautiful villages. What will you see as you wander its streets?

Carennac (Martel to Rocamadour

Day 6 of a long-distance walk in France from Martel to Rocamadour brings us to the most beautiful village of Carennac.

Located sixteen kilometres (ten miles) past Martel on the GR 46—GR 480 path, Turenne is the perfect place to stop after your first day of walking. It is also the first of six most beautiful villages you’ll visit on this long-distance walk which winds 130 kilometres (81 miles) to Rocamadour. Let’s walk around and see what makes Turenne one of France’s most beautiful villages!

Turenne (Martel to Rocamadour

Day 1 of a long-distance walk in France from Martel to Rocamadour brings us to the most beautiful village of Turenne.

Martel to Rocamadour - where is it in France

Walking from Martel to Rocamadour

Martel to Rocamadour - where is it in France

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