The August Highlights Newsletter of High Point Holidays

Highlights                                                    August 2016

Welcome to High Point Holidays' August newsletter. This month we focus on the Dordogne, where we have walking as well as cycling holidays and we take a look at one of the most historic towns in that region, Sarlat, which was also a setting for Sir Ridley Scott's first feature film (see In the Footsteps of the Movies) and learn what and where he filmed before that, it may surprise you.
Best Wishes
Mark Armstrong
Curemont, Correze

Walking & Cycling in the Dordogne:

The Dordogne region of France is dominated by the magnificent Dordogne river and its stunning valley. Our self guided walking and cycling holidays pass through one picturesque village after another with pretty streets lined with historic buildings including market halls, chateaux, churches, town walls, dovecotes and abbeys.

Delights of Historic Dordogne
7 nights - £815 - 6 days walking between guest houses
Our easy self guided walking holiday passes through many picturesque villages, including La Roque Gageac, built into sandstone cliffs along with a troglodyte fort and Sarlat which is famous for its medieval architecture and lively street market. In addition, a large number of superb chateaux line the Dordogne valley along which you'll be walking.

Quieter Side of Dordogne: Villages of Correze
5 or 7 nights - £610 or £725 - 4 or 6 days walking between guest houses
The Correze is not as well known as the more frequented parts of Dordogne, but the villages have a varied character and charm, set in a countryside which changes with the geology. Your self guided walking holiday passes through the historic villages of Turenne, Collonges-la-Rouge and Curement all of which are classed as some of the prettiest villages in France.

Classic Dordogne Cycling
7 nights - £835 - 6 days cycling between guest houses
Our self-guided cycling tour starts and finishes at Gourdon, which is a beautiful village built in tiers around a hill, before progressing to Rocamadour, another wonderful village clinging to the cliffs overlooking the Ouysse gorge.

Beynac, Dordogne

Walking Holiday Updates

High Point Holidays' 2016 Independent and Guided Walking Holiday Brochures are currently still available. If you have not received a brochure, but would like one please e-mail us and let us know.

Please note the brochure is also available online on our

Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any queries on any of our holidays

Ever disappointed that we do not do walking holidays in a particular country or region, then why not send us your suggestions to

New Independent/Self Guided Walking Holidays for 2016:

See our full list of independent walking holidays

50 Greatest Walks of the World


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The author gives a mix of personal knowledge and experience with historical background and practical information. It is not a guide book with details you would need to carry out a walk, but for anyone that walks long distance trails it would definitely get you thinking about your next possible adventure.

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The book includes the South West Coast Path, some of which we cover on our Jurassic Coast and Cornwall Coast Walking Holidays.
Sarlat la Canada, Dordogne

Sarlat la Canada

Often called just Sarlat, the town is in a region known in France as the Perigord Noir (the Black Périgord). Sarlat developed around a large Benedictine abbey of Carolingian origin and has remained well preserved and so is one of the most representative towns of 14th century France. Sarlat can be visited both on our independent walking holiday Delights of Dordogne and our self guided cycling tour Classic Dordogne Cycling.
Sarlat has the highest density of 'Historic Monuments' and 'Classified Monuments' of any town in France. Resistance fighter and politician Andre Malraux, as Minister of Culture (1960–1969), restored the town and many other sites of historic significance throughout France.
The pedestrianised Rue de la Republique runs the length of the old town, with mazes of narrow streets either side and the Rue des Consuls is one of the highlights of Sarlat containing a number of impressive mansions including the Manoir de Gisson. Outside the Manoir de Gisson is the Place du Marché des Oies, the goose market with a statue of some geese in the centre. The region is well known for its production of foie gras. The town's main square, the Place de la Liberté is a good place to take a break from your town exploration as many of the buildings are restaurants.

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Bishop's Palace Moat, Wells

In the Footsteps of the Movies

The film Duellists is set in the Napoleonic era and tells the story of 2 men's dueling exploits. The film's final location was Chateau de Commarque and much was filmed around the medieval village of Sarlat la Canada in the Dordogne, famous for its medieval buildings and lively street market. The Duellists (1977) was Sir Ridley Scott's first feature film. It was in 1973 though that he made a notable Hovis advert, "Bike Round", filmed on Gold Hill in Shaftesbury, Dorset. Gold Hill also featured in John Schlesinger's 1967 film of Thomas Hardy's Far From the Madding Crowd. Our independent walking holiday Wonders of Wessex Walk  starts at the historic cathedral city of Salisbury in Wiltshire and finishes its journey at Shaftesbury.
Our West Mendip Explorer walking holiday in Somerset takes the West Mendip Way route into the city of Wells via Wells Blue School. In 2016 the school put up a blue plaque in honour of former pupil and film director Edgar Wright who, in 2006, came back to his hometown to film Hot Fuzz. St Cuthbert's Church became one of the central locations with the Bishop's Palace identifiable in some scenes, whilst much of the action takes place in the Market Place with the Swan Hotel and The Crown at Wells featuring. Other films that have have been shot in Wells, include Elizabeth: The Golden Age and in 2015, the Huntsman: Winter's War.
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