Things to Do
The French have a catchy word for these trails high up in the trees, complete with harnesses and zipwires. There are three in this area:
- Happy Forest – Pont du Casse, 47 – 32km / 34 minutes
- Agrip Aventure – Montech, 82 – 40km / 40 minutes
- Parc en Ciel – Lacapelle Biron, 47 – 63 km / 1 hour
- Parc Walibi – Agen, 47 – 35km / 35 minutes
Adventure rides and attractions for all ages, set in 75 acre grounds of an 18th Century château
Lakes and Water Sports
- Base de Loisirs – St Nicolas de la Grave, 82
26km / 25 minutes
400 hectares of water, 22 hectares of wild parkland.
Water sports centre offering canoeing, windsurfing, pedalos, fishing, motorboats, sailing – with lessons and equipment hire. Also offers a large open air swimming pool, archery, cycling and ornithology.
- Parc de Loisirs – Saint Sardos, 82 – 44km / 50 minutes
Open-air swimming pools, children’s activities – including trampolines, inflatables and a small ‘accrobranche’ course with zipwire over the lake. Canoes, kayaks pedalos, mini-golf and hard-courts for tennis, basketball etc.
There are two 9-hole golf courses within half an hour of Château Plombis. Both are open all year round:
- Espalais Golf Club, Espalais 82 – 17km / 20 minutes
Just 5 minutes on from Valence d’Agen, this course is situated next to the River Garonne at the foot of the beautiful village of Auvillar.
- Golf des Roucous, Sauveterre 82 – 33km / 30 minutes
This course is in the beautiful rolling countryside between Lauzerte and the pretty town of Castelnau Montratier.
There are two possibilities for horse riding, both within twenty minutes of Château Plombis:
- Lauzinie – 14.5km / 15 minutes
Ferme auberge and equestrian centre on the road to Rocquecor and Montaigu de Quercy. Fantastic regional rustic cooking done over an open fire in the auberge.
- Ecurie de Saint Damien – 16km / 18 minutes
Riding for all ages from 4 years upwards, either in the sand school or on bridle paths and tracks with views across the Séoune valley to the bastide of Puymirol.
Cycling is almost the national sport (obviously, it has the famous and historic Tour de France every year) and you’ll see plenty of serious amateur or club cyclists out enjoying the roads in this area. The region offers stunning countryside, quiet roads and beautiful places to aim for. There are plenty of challenging hills, if that’s what you like, or for a more gentle pedal on the flat try La Voie Verte, a cycle/pedestrian path running the length of the Canal des Deux Mers, which you can join at Valence d’Agen.
There are plenty of places here at the château to keep your own bikes under cover, or we can arrange bike hire for you.
There are three karting tracks within an hour of Château Plombis:
- Karting Caudecoste – 28km / 30 minutes
Children from 7 years old can drive the 932 metre long main track, or there is a separate track with electric karts for 4 to 7 year olds. There are also bi-place karts available.
Inflatable play area, Paintball and café-restaurant with terrace.
- KartAgen, Layrac – 33km / 34 minutes
This 1200 metre undulating track is open to 7 year olds and above, with a separate electric kart track for 3 to 6 year olds. Bi-place karts, reduced-mobility karts, children’s quad and motorbikes are also available to hire for sessions.
In mid-August 2016 a 750-metre Kart Cross track will be opening.
Café-restaurant with terrace.
- Karthors, Circuit de Cahors – 57km / 54 minutes
800-metre undulating track for children from 7 years old and adults. Electric karts with separate track for 3 to 6 year olds. Bi-place karts also available.
Snack bar with terrace.
- Camping Les 2 Lacs, Beauville – 18km / 17 minutes
Open every day through July and August from 6pm to 9pm, and Sundays from 3pm to 9pm. By reservation out of season.
- Aventure Paintball Park, Layrac – 36km / 36 minutes
Paintball, Children’s Paintball (ages 8 to 12), Laser and Airsoft. Open Saturdays and Sundays 11am to 5pm.