Things to do Locally near Le Moulin sur Célé
The house has a good amount of information on things to do in the local area. This is in a basket under the table as you go into the main house.
It includes local restaurants (in various price ranges), shops, markets, antique/bric-à-brac emporia, fairs and festivals, museums, medieval villages, towns and castles, as well as cultural and sporting activities of all kinds in the surrounding area.
The Croissant Run
The valley first thing in the morning and at dusk is sublime.
The seven minute drive to the boulangerie in Marcilhac-sur-cele is never a chore.
The road follows the river along the valley west, it's a fantastic drive.
Be sure to get there nice and early and make your order for the rest of the week as they tend to sell out!
Organic Vegetable Farm Shop
The organic vegetable farm shop is a stone’s throw up the road to Brengues. It has a fantastic selection of the most wonderful, fresh local vegatables.
Turn right out of the drive, carry on a mile, do not take the first right across the bridge to Cajarc, carry on up the road another half mile and you will see a hamlet on your left. Drive up into the hamlet and park, there’s usually someone around.
Hiking in the National Park
The parc naturel regional des Causses du Quercy surrounds le Moulin. It has many well marked foot paths throughout the ‘blue path’ system. There are many ordinance survey maps of the local area showing the foot paths in the sitting room. These take you from Le Moulin around the Valley or further afield. A slightly longer two hour walk for instance starts at Marcilhac-sur-Cele (the next village west down the Valley) and follows the valley ridge towards Le Moulin before dropping down onto the river and finally back to Le Moulin (this is a blue-path route).
For the more intrepid walkers go online and you can pick up the well-trodden, ancient pilgrim routes to Santiago de Compostela in north west Spain.
Horse Riding in National Park
We also highly recommend horse rides with the local stable in the national park. It is very wild countryside above the valley for a half or full day outing.
Patrick will be glad to arrange this for you.
Bike Riding Along the River Road
A bicycle ride following the river road has always been a huge hit with guests. The bicycling is of course very easy and there are plenty of places to explore, swim and have picnics. There are picnic straw bags on the coat rack of the main house. We recommend putting a few goodies, a bottle of wine and spending the afternoon peddling gently along the river road.
Bicycle hire is found here at Monvelo in Livernon
Telephone number +33 (0) 565 114 045
Prices range between 13€ and 35€ per day depending on what you want (35€ being an electric bike). Clients should phone one week or two in advance to book the bikes.
Lillian can also arrange this for you so please feel free to get in touch!
Cajarc - The Square
Cajarc is the local town for supplies. It has a beautiful square which has a very good market every Saturday.
The square has a number of high quality boulangeries, charcuteries, wine merchants, delicatessens, a pharmacy, a garage, tabac and a couple of boutique style shops.
It is extremely handy being a 15 minute drive away and serves up a great selection of food.
There is also a supermarche which is open every day.
Cajarc - Old Town
Swim and Ice-cream
Behind the square is the old town which is extraordinarily beautiful, old and ramshackle. This is certainly worth a wander around and if you go a little farther you hit the river Lot on the other side of the town which is wider and slower - it’s a great stop off for a swim and ice cream after shopping in the square.
Arguably France's most beautiful village is a 29 km drive down D41. Saint-Cirq-Lapopie appears to cascade down a steep hill into the river Lot.
The drive along twisty roads is almost as beautiful as the town itself and gives me goose bumps thinking about the first time I saw it!
Of particular excitement are the red squirrels. They are all over the area and can usually be found in the garden without too much looking. There are splendid butterflies and wood peckers swooping around the garden who have made a second home in the cottage.
The region is also well known for its wild boar, which are regularly down by the river bank snuffling for goodies, the evidence of their food gathering is easily spotted all over the grounds. The local chasseurs unfortunately keep the wild hog from taking over, much to Patricks delight.
Cahors – Capital of The Lot Department
The ancient city of Cahors is within an hour's drive - its 14th century fortified bridge is of particular interest. The region around Cahors is widely known for its red wine, once rivalling the finest Bordeaux in terms of quality and price. There is a market on Saturday and good café life and sightseeing all week.
Cabrerets Cave Paintings
Pech Merle is a cave which opens onto a hillside at Cabrerets - about 35 minutes away by car. It is one of the few prehistoric cave painting sites in France that remain open to the general public. Extending for more than a mile from the entrance are caverns, the walls of which are painted with dramatic murals dating from the Gravettian culture (some 25,000 years BC).