28 Reasons to go Canoeing: 1: Follow In The Steps of History

Chateau Belcayre on the Vezere

The Chateau Belcayre on the Vezere River in the Perigord region of France

1: Follow in the Steps of History

Rivers have been the conduit to the travel and exploration of territory since Neanderthal Man first started migrating through Europe. Drifting down the Vezere river you are following in the footsteps first set down over 40,000 years ago. In the caves along this river these people lived, only later to be replaced by the arrival of Cro-Magnon Man our own ancestors and Homo Sapiens just like us. They lived here and hunted on these waters and you can still visit the caves where they lived and see some of the cave-paintings they left behind for us to wonder at.

In later times this same valley was inhabited by other peoples. You will pass a Roman castle and a Crusader chapel. At Roque St. Christophe you can see how people lived along the river during the Middle Ages high up on the cliffs on ledges cut by the river millennia ago.

You will also pass some of the later structures built along this river still used as a major conduit for travel and trade long before the roads were passable and the railways were built. Your canoes will glide past several Chateaux, like the one in the poster, built by the land barons that controlled the river 300 hundred years ago and the remains of three lock gates where flat bottomed boats used to pass from one level of water to the next.

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Details of our Inn-to-Inn Guided Canoe Trips and our brochures.

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