Though it sits in the middle of the Périgord-Limousin Natural Regional Park , there are a surprising number of things to do around the little village of Pensol. Picturesque towns, bustling markets, restaurants, ancient châteaux and miles of walking trails all wait to be discovered.
1. Piégut-Pluviers Market
The town also has a ruined tower which can be climbed for a fantastic views.
A visit to Piegut Pluviers can be combined with a stop off for a swim at the Lac Saint Estèphe on the way home, to make a full day trip.
2. St Saud Swimming Lake
3. Les Grottes de Villars (limestone caves)
In typical French style they have invested in this site to make a really great tourist attraction with large shady car park, interpretation video, gift shop and restaurant. The guided tour lasts about an hour. At 30 minutes from Pensol, this makes a good day trip when combined with popping in to see St Jean de Cole on the way back.
Note for the claustrophobic – the caves are large and well lit with a flat surface underfoot at all times. There are no squeezy bits or low roofs. We are sure you will be fine.
4. St Jean de Cole
The River Cole runs through the village, and the view of the main square from one of the pretty stone bridges makes this really worth a visit.
5. Espace Hermeline
6. Walking, and Cycling
As I explained in the last blog, Cycling in the Limousin, the roads around Pensol are perfect for cycling. They are well maintained, pass through beautiful scenery and are virtually traffic free. Bring your own bike or hire one from our partners DispoVelo.
7. Oradour-Sur-Glane Martyr Village
8. Walk to Le Ferme du Lac
9. Visit Rochechouart
10. Lac Saint Estèphe