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Lot Valley, France


Each day brought a new trail and each trail was a new adventure that makes you want more.

Tabatha R., Read review
The Grottes de Fossac again offers stunning views and scenery, riding through villages where you will find beautiful cottages and relaxed village people.

Emma T., Read review
I just wanted to send a note to thank you for an amazing break! It was absolutely perfect in every way. Great hosts, horses, the rides were amazing, food, drink, location... we couldn’t have had a better break! They went out of their way to ensure we had a great riding holiday and holiday in general. And I looooved the food far too much. Thanks!

Kim B
Cara and I had a fabulous time, the food was brilliant, home made and tasty, lots of wine if you wanted it. The horses were individual and each had a way of being ridden which was explained so you could enjoy the nature of the horse together with the beautiful countryside and amazing views. We had lovely T-shirt weather and no rain so picked a great week. The accomodation was comfy but the hot showers and log fire helped any stiffness disappear. We want to go back next year so thank you for making us welcome. Carrots and kisses to Nelson and Kajoline.......

Alex A. and Cara F.
Excellent riding in a beautiful and tranquil environment. Overall it was very good. My favourite memory was the excellent horsemanship and relaxed manner in which our host organised very safe but exciting rides. The food, hosts and transfers were excellent.

Sheila W.
Fabulous, I fell in love with my horse and our hosr was the nicest riding holiday host I have ever met. Overall it was first class, my horse was amazing, the scenery and diversity of the riding unusually good. Excellent food and wine. My favourite memory was galloping up to the picnic spot on the all day ride.

Liz D.
It was the perfect 'get away from it all' four day break. I arrived feeling slightly apprehensive, but left feeling a huge sense of achievement, just wonderful! As a novice rider the holiday was invaluable for the experience of riding over different terrain. As a lone traveller I felt like part of a little 'family' and was sad to leave. My favourite memory was an exhilarating gallop on my last day, my dream had finally come true.

Barbara K.
The holiday was absolutely amazing. A fabulous experience, beautiful countryside, great hosts, scrumptious food and plenty of it, a wonderful place to meet new people and socialise. The food was wonderful and great care is given to ensure all needs are catered for at a high level.

Denise W
I had the most amazing time, genuinely the best holiday I've ever had! Everyone was so friendly and I instantly felt relaxed and at home. The horses were just gorgeous and I felt safe and happy on them and around them. The rides themselves never failed to impress - such a variety in glorious scenery and the opportunity to canter/gallop as often as willing! I can't thank you enough for helping me find the most amazing holiday!

Roz W.
We had an excellent holiday. Rides/horses tailored to ourselves. Food was amazing. Favourite memory? Galloping together with sister through race field.

Clare B.
This was a fantastic holiday. Lovely people, fab horses, good company, beautiful rides and surroundings.

Jane S.
The horses were wonderful. They were so well mannered and friendly and I love how they live out all year round in a pack. They are such happy animals, and there were such a large mix of personalities, all of which were very capable and sure-footed on the hacks.

Catherine R.
The holiday was lovely! The meals were brilliant and the non-riding days out were fantastic (Derek gave us some brilliant suggestions!). The guide and the trails were perfect for us, and we enjoyed the private rides, it's just what we wanted.

Michael M.
Great food and riding with stunning scenery. Comfortable accommodation and fun hosts who had lots of time for guests. Favourite memory was the restaurant ride to a local restaurant - beautiful. And learning to jump again after a long time. Very friendly and fun, very sociable - sometimes almost too much (as a quiet person) but so lovely and welcoming.

Emma S. (July 2017)
A relaxing, fun, indulgent Christmas Adventure. (Favourite memory?) Tricky! Delicious food, ridiculous game playing on Christmas day, getting to know a great horse, finally arriving after a horrendous journey to have a beautiful sunny ride might be the winner! (Food & Accommodation) All the best Christmas fare and the gite to ourselves. (Horses?) I've added Dizzy to my top three! (Guides?) Stacey is great - fun, entertaining, knowledgeable, calm and perceptive.

Louisa L. (Christmas 2017)
Great riding, super food, friendly hosts. All horses we rode were good, time was taken to ensure we were all well matched with our horses.The guides were both excellent - very knowledgeable and great fun. Favourite memories - jumping and galloping up the hill on the last day! J. going from a beginner having only had 8 lessons to jumping in 5 days.

Jan S (July 2018)
Exhilarating, Fun, Challenging! Galloping with my daughter through the beautiful french countryside, whooping with joy and excitement, what more could you want!



Type of horses:

Mixture of breeds and types - Thoroughbreds, Lusitano x, Anglo, Spanish, Paint, Trotter, Merens and other French regional types.

Nature of horses:

Friendly, responsive horses for all personalities and experience. They are all sure-footed and loyal.

Height of horses:

13hh - 16.2hh

Weight limit:


Tack type:



Travel Advice

Please ensure you read the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) advice before you travel.

Ride Description

This destination is the ideal opportunity to enjoy some exciting riding in the beautiful Aveyronese countryside, whilst also relaxing when out of the saddle. The charming surroundings offer both excellent riding terrain and an all round beautiful setting which different levels of rider can explore. The countryside here allows for trekking through enchanting French villages and unspoilt woodlands with an abundance of fascinating wildlife such as deer, wild boar, red squirrel, hares, buzzards and kites. There are rivers and gorges leading down to open valleys where riders can canter over the rolling landscapes.

Your hosts are English but have lived in France for many years. Their knowledge of the area allows them to provide a wonderful experience for both riders and non-riders alike and they can provide excellent communication in English and French. The horses here live an enjoyable and natural life. They live out all year round on good, sheltered grazing and all have hard feed and as much hay as they need. If you go for a full day ride then they are often let loose in temporarily taped off areas during lunchtime stops so that they may enjoy a well-earned rest. Your host is recognised by guests as a talented horseman and there is nothing so invigorating as riding a happy horse through these wonderful landscapes.

This holiday is comfortable and enjoyable with the hosts adding a real personal touch to everything. Food and local drinks are included with Amanda's home cooking being a delight. Ride lengths and routes can be tailored to suit the individual members of parties. This is a destination not to be missed and has been visited by Far and Ride staff to ensure that it really is this wonderful!

See Programmes.


Food & Accommodation

Here you will find traditional gïte accommodation which features a communal kitchen and dining area, two twin bedrooms with a shower room, and two double bedrooms with shower room.

The accommodation here is simple and of traditional country style - light and airy to match the renowned calming ambience of the area. All towels, bed linen and a hairdryer are supplied. There is a beautiful pool surrounded by a tiled terrace with sun loungers and patio furniture. There is also an outdoor shower, toilet, utility area and barbecue.

You will also find wireless internet connection here and laundry facilities.

This destination offers a relaxed and friendly environment where guests can socialise with one another. Your hosts also own some very cute dogs!

All food and drink is provided and as food is a big part of the French way of life, nothing is different here. All tastes and requirements are catered for, including vegetarian and vegan diets, to a good standard. Breakfast is enjoyed in the gîte or perhaps in your own time, either around the big family table in the kitchen or out on the terrace.

Lunch is taken at a leisurely pace to allow time for a rest and some relaxation for both you and your horse before the afternoon ride. It may be served on the terrace or, should you be out on a full day ride, it is provided 'en route' in the style of a delicious picnic featuring local foods and wines. If you are riding for the the day then the horses also enjoy their own picnic as the sites are chosen so that they may be temporarily fenced off - this allows the horses to have a roll and be fed and watered at their own leisure. Occasionally a restaurant ride is offered which may include a surcharge.

When you return from your day of riding, you are provided with cold drinks and snacks to keep you going until a tasty dinner is served.



For the non-riders or those who want a break from the saddle, there are several available activities. These include mountain biking, fishing, golf, walking and visits to the beautiful surrounding villages.

The pool allows for a gentle swim and those interested may also enjoy watching the variety of local wildlife such as deer, wild boar, red squirrel, hares, buzzards and kites.


Further Details

Languages: English and French.

Health requirements: General good health and fitness.

Age limit: Not suitable for very young riders - please contact us to discuss your requirements.

Tuition: Informal tuition can be given on the rides.

Included: Accommodation, all food and drink (inc. soft drinks, wines and beers), riding and transfers from and to the local station of Capdenac.

Not included: Flights, airport transfers, travel insurance, tips. Entry fees to visitor attractions etc for non-riders.


Travel Information

Airport transfers are available with prices as below - costs should be paid direct in Euro. The nearest airport is Rodez and most guests fly here or to Toulouse. Train station transfers are also possible - Capdenac is the nearest station (just 10 minutes away) and transfers from/to Capdenac is free.

From Toulouse: £150/180€ return fare per car (1 - 4 people). Earliest pick-up at 09:30, latest pick-up at 20:30.
From Rodez: £50/60€ return fare per car (1 - 4 people).
From Brive: £100/110€ return fare per car (1 - 4 people).

Popular flights from the UK:

London Stansted - Rodez
London Stansted - Brive

Bristol - Toulouse
London Gatwick - Toulouse

British Airways:
London Heathrow - Toulouse

Air France:
London City - Brive

Manchester - Toulouse

Airport: Rodez

Alternative Airport: Toulouse



Based Programme

A destination that is not to be missed! The riding here is fantastic and they have horses for all abilities and personalities. The terrain is interesting and fun for the experienced rider or beneficial to the novice rider as it helps to find a more balanced and secure seat.

You will enjoy seeing a lot of the stunning countryside, local culture, farms and charming villages on horseback but should you prefer sightseeing, visiting local places of interest or just a change one day, this is offered as well.

The time spent riding here can be catered to suit the guests but a typical day is as follows:

The group may ride for between two or three hours in the morning, exploring the stunning Aveyronese countryside and wandering through the forests and perhaps down into the river valley. There are opportunities for the more adventurous to have a canter along the paths or open fields before it is time for the gourmet picnic lunch, consisting of home cooked food using fresh local produce and regional wines. When the horses and riders are feeling rested and refreshed, the ride continues with enthusiasm on into the afternoon.

Rides can include a visit to their homemade mini cross country course, adventure rides, moonlight rides or even learning some horseball!

On one week of the year, a special Adventure Week is planned - this is for more experienced riders and includes longer day rides, a spot of orienteering and little competitions involving the Le Trec and cross country courses. Please contact us for more details.

Minimum group size: 1
Maximum group size: 8
Ability description: All abilities are provided for.
Type of ride: Based programme.
Total riding time: Up to 5 hours per day.
Departure dates: All year round with flexible dates to suit.
Pricing: 2021 & 2022:
Adults: £195 per person, per night
Discounted 7 night stay (adults): £1280 per person
Children (under 16 years old) and non-riders: £150 per person, per night
Discounted 7 night stay (children and non-riders): £995 per person

Please note that the price is generally based around shared rooms but sometimes single rooms are available on request.

Prices include accommodation, all meals (including beer and wines) and riding. Flights and travel insurance not included.

Note: All programmes and itineraries are weather dependent; in the face of adverse, or unexpected, weather conditions reasonable attempts will be made to provide equivalent riding.

All programmes are accurate at the time of writing. However, the team may adapt or modify details, whilst aiming to provide a similar experience.

French Festive Fun - Christmas and New Year Programme

Come and have some fun and join the team to enjoy the festive season in this family atmosphere... not to mention some fantastic riding! During this festive period you will enjoy morning group rides, mulled wine, mounted scavenger hunt, Champagne breakfast with special Christmas gifts and a traditional Christmas dinner. And best of all is the mounted scavenger hunt! 

The schedule for the festive days is detailed as below. All other days will be in the normal format and will consist of tailored riding hours to suit guests and weather conditions.

Christmas Eve:

Morning and afternoon rides, followed by a pre Christmas party with festive food, fizz, games and Christmas carols.

Christmas Day:

Christmas day starts with a Champagne breakfast followed by a morning ride with cider punch and nibbles at a viewpoint overlooking the Lot river.  A traditional Christmas Lunch in the afternoon with after dinner games and a light supper. 

Boxing Day:

The day starts out with 'Hair of the Dog' (Bucks Fizz and English breakfast). This will be followed by a later morning ride with yummy mince pies and mulled wine. 

New Years Eve:

Morning and afternoon rides followed by a gourmet dinner with canapés and fine wines followed by fireworks and champagne at midnight. Music and dancing. Dress up in themed fancy dress but not compulsory of course!

New Years Day:

Another much-needed 'Hair of the Dog' (Bucks Fizz and English breakfast) to give you strength for the mounted scavenger hunt.

Guests can still arrive and leave flexibly as they wish and still get loads of riding in too!

Minimum group size: 1
Maximum group size: 8
Ability description: Strong novice and above: riders should be able to walk, trot and canter.
Type of ride: Based
Total riding time: Up to half day rides during the festive days and up to five hours on normal days.
Departure dates: Flexible stays available to suit over the festive period.
NB: there are no airport transfers available on the festive days (24, 25, 26 and 31 December or 1 January)
Pricing: 2021 (into 2022):

Festive nights (Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Eve and New years Day): £200 per person, per night.

Normal nights: £185 per person, per night.

Price includes full board accommodation (based on sharing rooms), guided rides, champagne, gifts and other festive extras, as per itinerary.

PLEASE NOTE: there are no airport transfers available on the festive days (24, 25, 26 and 31 December or 1 January)

Note: All programmes and itineraries are weather dependent; in the face of adverse, or unexpected, weather conditions reasonable attempts will be made to provide equivalent riding.

All programmes are accurate at the time of writing. However, the team may adapt or modify details, whilst aiming to provide a similar experience.

Belcastel Conques Trail

The Belcastel Conques trail covers around 190km of charming French countryside. During the course of this ride you will explore some of France's most enchanting villages and travel alongside four different rivers - the Alzou, the Aveyron, the Dourdou and the Lot. The route has been well-researched by the organisers so as to offer you the best of the region and follows a circuit to the east of Asprieres where they are based. The ride mainly follows the 'Grand Randonnee' paths known as GR62 and GR65, the latter of which is the famous route of the pilgrims to Santiago de Compostela. The trail also passes through the Marcillac wine region where the grape harvest takes place in October. Marcillac is a red wine, 90% of which is made from the Mansois grape, featuring a hint raspberry to its flavour.


Day 1 (Saturday): Guests arrive in time for dinner and overnight at the main farmhouse. 

Day 2 (Sunday) - approximately 34km in the saddle: This morning you will enjoy breakfast at the farmhouse before meeting your horses and setting off towards the Bastide town of Villeneuve, your lunch spot for the day. The afternoon ride takes you past the Alzou River and through the gorges of the Aveyron where you will stay in the rather luxurious 'Domaine la Broutie' with views over the Pont de Vezis valley. Tonight's dinner is a special affair, prepared by Pascal who is a Paris-trained chef (keep your fingers crossed for the chocolate fondant!). Pascale and Barbara specialise in breeding Spanish horses. 

Day 3 (Monday) - approximately 28km in the saddle: Today's ride heads down to the Aveyron River, following on tracks through the forest, and then along the back of the GR62 path to Previnquieres. From here you continue on the GR62 route to Le Luc Haut, a charming 18th century hamlet which lies just above Belcastel. You will spend the night here in a rural auberge. 

Day 4 (Tuesday) - approximately 33km in the saddle: Today you will ride through Belcastel which is often named as one of the country's most beautiful villages. It lies at the bottom of the valley and is home to a restored castle, an ancient bridge and streets which are paved with pebbles. A real taste of old France! All morning the ride will follow along the Aveyron on the GR62B route, turning north after lunch to head for Clairvaux, via Marcillac wine country. The paths today are challenging but the views are incredible! La Fregiere is an equestrian centre where you can keep the horses for the night. Your accommodation this evening overlooks a small lake which is home to black swans and surrounded by ducks and peacocks. In October this will also be the time of the local grape harvest. 

Day 5 (Wednesday) - approximately 36km in the saddle: This morning you will ride north towards your third river, the Dourdou, and onwards to St Cyprien. You will meet up with the GR62 path again and eventually finish your day enjoying a special view of the spectacular village of Conques. This is home to the romanesque Abbey of Saint Foy and the 'Bridge of Pilgrims', both of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Here you are following in the footsteps of thousands of pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostela as this has been a stop-off point for them since the 11th century. Tonight you will stay in a charming hotel... watch out for the parrot! 

Day 6 (Thursday) - approximately 22km in the saddle: The riding today starts on the GR65 route and brings the privilege of riding through the stone-flagged streets of Conques, following the formal 'Chemin de Saint Jacques de Compostelle'. Then you will follow the Dourdou River up to Grand-Vabres where this river and the Lot meet and where the Midi-Pyrenees meets the Auvergne. You will ride west, at some points following the Lot, on your way to Flagnac to stay in a lovely gîte next to a château.

Day 7 (Friday) - approximately 21km in the saddle: After crossing the Lot river at Port d'Agres you will head to the area Montredon. After a last picnic you will ride south towards the farmhouse where you started, following on some paths which will be familiar to those who have ridden here before! Dinner and overnight is back at home, the trail now complete. 

Day 8 (Saturday): Departure after breakfast. 

NB. Itinerary is subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances or for improvement purposes. 

Accommodation: During the trail you will stay in 2* - 3* rural auberges, gîtes and hotels.
Minimum group size: 6
Maximum group size: 10
Ability description: Intermediate riders with good trail riding experience. You will ride at all paces and cover some challenging terrain. WEIGHT LIMIT: 14 and a half stone (92kg).
Type of ride: Trail ride.
Total riding time: Approximately 5 - 6 hours per day, with a 2 hour lunch break.
Departure dates: 2021 & 2022: dates available for groups, please enquire.
Pricing: 2021 & 2022: £1650 per person.

Price includes airport pick up/drop off at Rodez for the flights from Stansted (Ryanair) on arrival and departure day, accommodation (twin/double basis), all meals, certain drinks with meals and 6 days of riding as per the itinerary. For 4 nights you will eat dinner in a restaurant and wine will be provided with the meal, but you may want a little extra money for extra wine or drinks from the bar during the course of the meal. For other meals (provided by the ride organisers), beer and wine will be provided, as will drinks after riding and also aperitifs/nightcaps.

Other airport transfers cost extra.

Note: All programmes and itineraries are weather dependent; in the face of adverse, or unexpected, weather conditions reasonable attempts will be made to provide equivalent riding.

All programmes are accurate at the time of writing. However, the team may adapt or modify details, whilst aiming to provide a similar experience.