Following J-Dawg down the Dordogne

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An idyllic lunch stop.

So, once again, we rented canoes and kayaks and paddled down the Dordogne. It’s the obvious thing to do frankly, and it’s hard to think of a finer way to spend a day.

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TJS, TSS, LS and TJF take a dip in the Dordogne.

We stopped for a swim in this spot last time we visited the Dordogne, and I was very much looking forward to doing the same again. I’d brought goggles because I was confident that there would plenty of fish to see in this stretch of water, and I wasn’t disappointed. As on our previous visit, I followed a large fish which had barbels around it’s mouth (a Barbel then?) which was also being followed by around a dozen smaller, stripy fish, possibly Perch?

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B realises that his kayak will double up as a stand-up paddle board.
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Most of the party opted for solo kayaks, but our friend J-Dawg (who has been burdened, by her daughters, with a whole host of nicknames) was concerned that she would find herself continually going around in circles and getting left behind, so I joined her in a larger canoe. Now, I’m hardly an expert paddler, but I can generally get a boat to travel in something approaching a straight line, ironically using something called a J-stroke, or my inexpert approximation to same. To be honest, the canoe was very comfortable and an excellent choice.

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TBF on the left, the raft is the younger members of our party.
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But one result of this arrangement is that I have a lot of photos of the view downriver which feature J-Dawg’s life-jacket and fetching pink bucket-hat in the foreground.

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TBH looking very happy.
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Roque-Gageac
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B in more conventional canoeing style.
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Château de la Malartrie
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Castelnaud-la-Chapelle
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Château de Beynac

All-in-all, a fantastic day’s outing.

Following J-Dawg down the Dordogne

6 thoughts on “Following J-Dawg down the Dordogne

  1. It was a great day, if a little on the hot side. Missed out on some stories though, unsurprising since this was 6 months ago!
    The little snowflakes who couldn’t complete the course.
    And my favourite – “is that TBF or just another small person” 😂

    1. beatingthebounds says:

      Oh yes – “just another small person” phrase of the holiday – fancy forgetting that! A superb day. Thinking back, makes me want to get out in a boat in the sunshine again asap.

    1. beatingthebounds says:

      The French really seem to go for this sort of thing – TBH and I hired boats somewhere near La Rochelle 20+ years ago and I know that Andy’s hired boats in numerous places. Thinking about it, TBH and I did it in Florida too – Terrapins, Alligators and amazing birdlife. I suppose we don’t have the weather to make it a viable business prospect. I can certainly strongly recommend the Dordogne.

    1. beatingthebounds says:

      There’s something about that spot. The cliffs and scenery are more spectacular elsewhere but that’s my favourite place on that stretch of river.

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