The scenery of the Lot alternates between the gently beautiful and the wild and rugged. The most striking section of the valley is the Gorges du Lot, caught between walls of rock some 300 meters high.

Figeac is a friendly mediaeval town nestling on the banks of the river Cele. In the old town, pale amber stone buildings with Gothic arches fronting the narrow streets rise to reveal picturesque open-lofted roof areas called, soleilhos, which gives it a unique Southern flavour.

Overlooking the river Lot to the west is St Cirq ­Lapopie, magnificently perched on a crag; a picturesque little village of lovingly restored old houses. In the middle Ages, it was a village of wood turners.

During the same time, Cahors, the capital town of the Lot was an important commercial and university town. Its most important monument is the Pont Valentre, with three high towers, it is an outstanding example of a medieval fortified bridge.

To the north is the spectacular little town of Rocamadour, a cascade of ancient churches and houses clinging to the rock wall. It has been a place of pilgrimage since the 4th century. The climb to the 12­century castle above the town takes in the chapelle Miraculeuse and the 13 Stations of the Cross.

An hour’s ride to the East brings you to the foothills of the Volvic mountains. The journey up to the summit of Puy Marie is breathtaking. However, the final climb has to be made on foot, so have ready a pair of trainers.

To the south lies Rodez, chief town of the Aveyron, with its fortress-like cathedral and maze of small lanes offering excellent shopping.

Gouffre de Padirac offers a boat trip underground to explore one of the many caves in the region.

The Lot truly offers the motorcyclist the opportunity to experience some of the best riding in the world and has something for everyone: beautiful scenery, rugged terrain, charming villages, ancient towns, open-air museums, working mills, fine architecture, ornate cathedrals, excellent shopping and good regional dishes and local wine. The list is endless.

Activities in the Lot include, canoeing, kayaking, horse riding, swimming, fishing, trekking, karting and rock climbing to name but a few.

One visit will not be enough to fully take in the magic of the Lot.

Riding in France

Suggested runs and visits are available on request.

Usually, being flashed by oncoming traffic means that there could be an accident or a police presence ahead. Take care as you approach or leave towns and villages as the police favour these areas.

The absence of give way markings means traffic emerging from the right has right of way.

A flashing amber light means go with caution.

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