Activities

Cycling & Bicycle Hire

Cycling is an ideal way to see the Lot valley.  There is easy cycling along the road from Vieillevie out towards Grand Vabre and Flagnac or towards Conques and St Cyprien, along the banks of the Dourdou river.  From Entraygues towards Estaing the road follows the flat valley floor and there are plenty of access points down to the river. A little bit of effort and the many villages along the way offer shady stops in roadside cafés.

We can arrange bikes for hire at any of our cottages, subject to availability and under the following terms. Bike hire must be requested at the time of booking.

Tariff – 60€ per week (minimum hire period 1 week)

  • Only adult bikes are available. Bikes are unisex with 18 gears. Details of size on application.
  • Bikes will be available from the morning of the day after your arrival to the evening of the day preceding your departure.
  • Bikes are only to be used on roads, they are not mountain bikes and are not designed for off road use.
  • Hirers are responsible for their own road safety and must comply with current traffic legislation applicable in France.
  • Helmets are provided and although not a legal requirement, you are strongly advised to use them.
  • A spare inner tube and the necessary tools are provided in case of puncture – it is up to you to fit it correctly if needed.
  • A cycle lock is provided, please use it if you leave the bikes unattended.
  • Bikes should be clean and ready for collection by 5pm
  • A deposit of 150€ (or £150) in the form of a cheque is required at the time of delivery and will be returned to you when the bikes have been checked on collection.

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Location VTT
Pierre Yves Martin
12140 Entraygues
Tél: 06 11 92 24 38
pitouym@yahoo.fr

Details of recommended cycle routes (in English) can be found on the following website and maps can be downloaded or available at local tourist offices.

http://www.tourisme-entraygues.com/en/leisure/mountain-bike-scooter-road-cycling.php

If you would like a gentle cycle the road along the river from Entraygues out to Vieillevie is perfect!

Bowling

Z.A.C du Puy d’Esban, 15130 Ytrac, France
+33 4 71 49 59 65
www.bowling-cantal.fr

Bowling alley with a decent restaurant and a play area for smaller children. Follow signs for Mantauban and Figeac from central Aurillac, the centra is on a small industrial estate on the outskirts of the town.

Canoeing & Kayaking

ASVOLT – Base canöe nature
Val de Saures, 12140 Entraygues-sur-Truyère
Tel. : 33 (0)4 71 49 95 81  – 33 (0)5 65 44 54 90
Email : canoe@asvolt.com
Website (English version): http://www.asvolt.com/en/

If you like the water this is a lovely day out. Rent a canoe at Entraygues and drift or paddle 10 or 20kms down the beautiful Lot river through stunning gorges, abundant with wild life. Stop off and picnic on one of the sandy beaches along the river and then continue to enjoy the ‘gentle’ excitement of a run down the rapids.

There are canoe stations at Entraygues and Vieillevie. You can hire canoes (Indian kayaks) for 2 people or kayaks (with splash decks) for 1 person.

The canoes are far more stable and easy to control than a kayak and even novices can manage. You can hire on a daily or half-day basis. Smaller children (5+) can be seated in the canoe with 2 adults (however, they should know how to swim). Lifejackets are provided for everyone along with a watertight container for picnics, cameras, etc. For inexperienced canoeists, you can either go from the canoe station at Entraygues or from La Porte (Vieillevie) down the river to Coursavy Bridge (half-day). From there you will be met by a minibus and taken back to the base. If you already have canoes, you can be taken up-river to Entraygues and come to the base at Vieillevie (half-day). This gives you enough time on both trips to canoe the 11kms, stop for a picnic on one of the little river beaches, have a swim or sunbathe. For the more adventurous, you can do a whole day from Entraygues to Coursavy Bridge. It makes a really good day or half-day and the scenery is even more spectacular from the water than the road. Telephone beforehand to check there are canoes available or that someone will be there in low season.

For information on other canoeing opportunities please look at the Averyon tourist board’s site CLICK HERE 

There are plenty of other lakes and rivers in the area to try whether you have your own equipment or need to hire. The closest are the Lac de Sarrans at Lussac and just above Entyraygues town is Izaguette which is just off the D904 4 miles outside Entraygues (direction  Aurillac/Mur de Barrez).

Caves and Grottos

This area of south west France is famous for its grottos, caves and wealth of prehistoric history.

Pech Merle
A fascinating series of prehistoric caves with cave paintings and geological features.
http://www.pechmerle.com/english/index.php

Gouffre de Padirac
Just north of St. Céré in the Lot, these amazing caves are worth a visit : combine it with a trip to the fabulous Chateau de Bretenoux nearby for a great day out. Take a guided boat tour through the chasms and caves on the underground river system and marvel at the fascinating geology.
http://www.gouffre-de-padirac.com/ – /en/padirac/welcome

Cinema

Le Normandy
17 rue des Carmes
15000  Aurillac
0471481050
http://www.cineaurillac.fr/

Fishing

Both the Truyère and the Lot and many local lakes provide excellent fishing for which you require a fishing permit. Please contact us for more information. The trout fishing season starts on 7th March and runs through until October. With the permit you will receive details of what you can fish, when and where.  Fishing licences (Carte de Peche) are generally available from newsagents (Tabacs) or on-line and you can buy a weekly pass (Carte Hebdomadiare) for €32 or daily passes (Carte Journalière) for €10. The link for buying your “Carte de Peche” is below, the site is only in French, so let us know if you need help! You will need the postcode of the property you are renting so pease do ask and we will send it to you.

http://www.cartedepeche.fr

We can arrange a licence for you if you let us have the name(s) and preferred duration. You will need  passport photo to stick on the licence when you get it.

You should be able to catch trout, roach, bream, chubb and the indigenous Ide (cross between a bream and a roach).

None of the local shops hire fishing tackle unfortunately, but we may be able to help with some basic equipment

Warning: please do not venture out onto any islands in the middle of the river as the flow of water is controlled by a dam that is opened periodically. You will see yellow signs along the river warning you of this.

A useful website in English for fishing spots is:

http://www.auvergne-tourism.com/activities/~~cantal~~fishing~~~/tourism-offers-5-2.html?N=3

Many of local lakes such as the Lac du Moulinier at Monstsalvy also offer fishing.  You can buy a day pass for the lac du Moulinier at the “Bar de la Mairie, rue Marcellin Boule (opposite the Mairie), Montsalvy.

Other information is available on the Entraygues tourist office website: http://www.tourisme-entraygues.com/en/leisure/fishing.php

Golf

The 2 sites below are both pay and play

Domaine de Mezeyrac hotel du golf de Laguiole
12210, Soulages-Bonneval
Tel: 65 44 41 41

The golf course at Mezeyrac is considered to be one of the prettiest 9 hole courses in France and well worth a visit. Clubs can be hired there, green fees cover 2 rounds and there is an excellent inexpensive restaurant providing lunch and evening meals (see eating out).

DIRECTIONS: Take the D42 from the Lion D’Or at the far end of the main street in Entraygues. Follow the D.42 for about 12-15 miles, until having passed through the hamlet of Les Bessades, take the 2nd turning left D.644 (La Deveze and Les Gacens). Or from St Aman des Cots follow the golf signs (GOLF is signposted) to LE MEZARAC.

Golf de Haute Auvergne
2 Route du Golf, 15130 Sansac-de-Marmiesse
Website in English: http://www.golfdehauteauvergne.com/accueilen

Go karting

Excellent outdoor go-kart track not far from Aurillac. Booking is essential Age 7 upwards.

KARTING DE PERS
Circuit Le Lissartel, 15290, Pers
Mail. :karting.pers@orange.fr
www.cantalkarting.fr

Tel. : 04 71 62 26 26

Horse Riding

Au Ranch de Barrez, Mur de Barrez
Tel: 05 65 66 20 01

Approach Mur de Barrez from the Entraygues direction and Ranch de Barrez is on the left just before the car wash.

Le Batut
Tel: 05 65 66 18 61.

Telephone in advance. They do not take beginners as they go “off-road”. To reach Le Batut from Entraygues, follow signs to Mur de Barrez. After 3kms, go to Pons and once through the village, take the first left, marked “Les Sentiers Batuts”.

La Ferme Equestre du Badour, Ginolhac,
Tel. 05 65 44 55
Email: fedubadour@aol.com

This is highly recommended. Good horses and wonderful views.

Swimming : Municipal pools, lakes and river swimming

Municipal pools
There are several municipal outdoor pools in the area at Montsalvy, Entraygues, Estaing and Espalion. They may only be open during July and August, afternoons only. There is also a swimming pool about 1.5 miles from Banhars at the small campsite situated at the junction of the B34to St Amans de Cots and the D572 to Campouriez.

River Swimming
It is possible to swim in the rivers. There are various access points between Entraygues and St Projet on the Lot such as behind the Hotel du Pont at St Projet. There is also track down to the river from the road between Vieillevie and St. Projet.

Lakes
The tourist offices have all the current details of the larger lakes a little further a-field but there are two lakes within easy reach near St. Amans des Cots.

Lac de la Selves is ideal for windsurfing, canoeing and swimming. If you follow the sign to “Camping des Tours”, from St. Amans, there is a large parking area and access to the lake where you will find a spacious grassy area, ideal for picnics and sunbathing. You can hire windsurfers from the campsite. There is also a swimming pool and bar with terrace, belonging to the campsite.

Presqu’ile de Laussac, Barrage de Sarrens
This 7km long lake is part of the immense EDF barrage system but no less beautiful for it! Hire pedalos, canoes or a small motorboat at the campsite on the Presqu’île de Laussac, where there are also 2 restaurants. You can picnic or barbeque on the shore and swim in the lake.

Lac de St. Etienne at Rénac, where you can simply lie on a beach and swim in the lake or wind-surf, jet ski, water ski, hire a pedalo or just go for a walk. From Aurillac follow signs for Montauban/Figeac and after a couple of miles pick up the signs on your right for Lac de St. Etienne.

Isaguette is a very pretty lake and village just above Entryagues where you can picnic and swim.

Tennis

Most towns and villages have tennis courts. Details of a few are below:

Vieillevie Hotel la Terrace free access ask at reception for the key

Le Fel free access

Pons camp site   Tel: 05.65.66.18.16

St Hippolyte Tel: 05.65.66.14.50

Vineyards – wine tasting

Entraygues et du Fel cave is right on the road 2 miles from Entraygues towards Vieillevie and Conques.

Estaing cave is just out of Estaing going towards Espalion.

La Domaine de Méjanasserre is just outside Entraygues and is absolutely beautiful and has a wonderful restaurant. See the restaurant guide for more information.
http://www.domaine-de-mejanassere.fr/ – /en/welcome/0

Marcillac is a cooperative of 38 local producers and they have recently opened a visitor centre.
http://www.vigneronsduvallon.com/en/

Walking

The walking possibilities are endless from gentle rambles from your cottage door, a meander round one of the local lakes to hiking up in the mountains.  You will find ideas for walks in our information pack in the cottage, often people mention lovely walks in the visitors book and of course the Tourist offices in all the local towns will have details for all levels.