We actually love pedal boating. No matter if on inland lakes or in the Mediterranean Sea. So we immediately became aware of VéloRail, because it seemed very similar to us, and contacted them.
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One really important detail: you have to make a reservation by phone. This has nothing to do with the Corona pandemic, but with organizational things. Each tour is accompanied by personnel who ensure the necessary safety: there are unguarded level crossings that cannot be crossed without a barrier. You are not a train. It's better to get off the trolley and push it across the street - if no car comes, because they have the right of way here! Details can be found here.
In the village of Corgnac we park in the town hall square and walk under the bridge over the island, because we are there too early. The roads were obviously not curvy enough, so we made fast progress. At the river tables and benches are waiting for us and the weeping willows provide shade. The water is not too cool and we hang our toes into the river.
We are 1.5 km away from Vélorail station and it is time to return to the car, because we have an appointment there.
During a two-hour bike ride along an old railroad line full of charm, with its bridges, viaducts, tunnels and stations of yesteryear, we cycle between valleys and rivers through the Périgord. Vélorail offers several routes, from 11 to 28 km for the outward and return journey.
The really relevant things are available at the terminus of the Corgnac-Les Chatignoles course: refreshments, ice cream and rest rooms.