|Chateau de Prats du Perigord|
Nordic walking with two poles (rather like cross-country skiing without the snow) is very popular in France and the park has three separate trails to follow through the forests and countryside. There are three routes, red (difficult), blue (intermediate) and green (easy). We decided to follow the green route. We didn’t have any poles but I had my trusty walking stick and new boots.
It was very pleasant walking, through shady woodland and out into the sunshine with wild thyme and chicory growing alongside the paths. Perhaps we weren’t paying attention but somewhere along the route we seemed to have lost the green signs and were following the red route.
“How far is the red route?”
Paul mumbled a reply.
“What did you say?”
“Twelve or fourteen kilometres, I can’t remember.”
“So how long is it going to take us?”
“About three hours...”
Rick looked at me and wagged his tail. I had visions of getting totally lost in the French wilderness. I only had one bottle of water, a packet of dried apricots and four dog biscuits in my bag. Luckily we managed to find the blue route back to the village, a total of six kilometres. Plenty far enough for me. We’ll go back another day and try and find the green route.
|Prats du Perigord|