From the Lot valley to the Garonne valley, this hilly circuit goes through beautiful landscapes. During this ride we’ll cross old medieval villages such as Clairac, Port Sainte Marie which are on the Saint Jacques de Compostelle trail, as well as Clermont Dessous, Pujols, which used to be walled cities. The 100-year war against the English, the religion wars, Huguenots against Catholics or Cathares have left a strong inprint on the area.Having evolved into a land of bounty where the winters are mild, you’ll also enjoy the local good food, close in taste to that of the Perigord and Gers areas.
We’ll start this ride in the Lot et Garonne
This ride is different from the others in the catalogue.
We have decided to develop a new kind of horse rides: to travel in wintertime, a small party ( one guide with 4 riders) and a pack horse to carry the luggage, which allows us to do without a motorcar. The bags of each rider will be 4 kilos at the most because the load on the pack horse will have to be balanced and light.
With your lunch in your saddlebags, as well as the food for the horses with the pack horse, you'll be ready for an exhilarating winter ride. We'll have dinner and spend the nights in guesthouses, hotels or at people's homes in order to share the secrets of the villages we'll go through. You'll be eager to listen to local stories or legends and meet real people.
It will be a genuine old-time horse trip, you will be responsible for the horse you'll ride, saddle him, water him, give him the food and make sure he doesn't suffer from any pain caused by the tack. You will be invited to take part in the packing, a real privilege and ancestral practice that only a few people master today.
You will be amazed by the winter shades of the landscapes, as you go deep into the rolling hills. You will be charmed by the pack horse who, more than a regular horse, becomes a travelling companion.
Day 1: We’ll welcome you at the railway station in Agen around 6 p.m. Transfer to the riding club. Night in a hotel.
Day 2: Departure of the ride. Like in our St Jacques de Compostelle ride we’ll cross the Saint Pastour bastide, we’ll be near Monclar and Castelmoron. We’ll stop for the night at the Laparade bastide, a 13th century bastide founded by Alphonse de Poitiers. Night at a guesthouse.
Day 3: We’ll ride through hilly landscapes, visit Clairac, a medieval city, then we’ll picnic at Pech de Borre which offers a beautiful view on the Lot and Garonne junction. Night at a guest house in Clermont Dessous.
Day 4: We’ll proceed through the old 13th century stronghold of Clermont Dessous, we’ll be above the Garonne valley with a beautiful panorama. Night in a guest house near Laugnac.
Day 5: Still in a rolling landscape, we’ll reach the Lastournelle cave for our picnic lunch. It was one of the sites of the Albigeois war. We’ll see 14th and 16th century houses. End of the day at Penne d’Agenais, which is on the Saint Jacques de Compostelle trail, a beautiful village. Night in a hotel.
Day 6: Our riding tour will take us to the small city of Pujols. It was an important site of the religious Albigeois wars. We’ll see 14th and 16th century houses, then we’ll follow a “green” lane to cross the Lot Valley.
We’ll have picnic on the banks of a lake. We’ll be back at the riding club in Pailloles at the end of the afternoon.
Day 7: We’ll take you to the Agen railway station after breakfast.
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