Canoes are available to rent at most of the villages along the Lot although to our knowledge not yet in Clairac. You will find them in Castelmoron however which is only a 10 minute drive. Turn right onto the main road and continue straight on just before the right hand turn for the narrow bridge.
The Lot offers fantastic fishing and contains over twenty species including trout, carp and giant catfish. Licences (Carte de Peche) are available from the butcher in Clairac village. Visit the local Angling Federation’s site at www.peche47.com for further details.
With three 18-hole and three 9-hole courses, visiting golfers will easily find a game, though it’s recommended to reserve a tee time at least one day ahead.
Golf Club Agen Bon Encontre - 9-hole
Golf d’Albret at Barbaste - 18-hole
Golf de Casteljaloux - 18-hole
Villeneuve sur Lot Golf & Country Club – 18 hole
Golf de Marmande - 9-hole
Levant de Carpète, 47200, Marmande
Tel: (+33) 05 53 20 87 60
Golf de Barthe - 9-hole
Cycling is a national obsession in France and on every road you are sure to see overweight, middle aged men, crammed into tight fitting lycra, pounding the pedals.
We guessed you’d probably prefer something a little more sedate so we have nine bicycles in the barn for you to use. If you turn left out of the driveway and head down to the river there is a quiet road running along the river bank into Clairac, or alternatively take any of the roads heading up the hill opposite and you’ll find yourself in wonderful rolling countryside.
The Lot et Garonne provides superb walking country; a land of gently sloping hills and sunflower covered valleys, where the village heritage is as rich and varied as the ever changing landscape. There are over 150 well marked footpaths to choose from, arranged in circuits or straight along the ancient pilgrim’s route. There are as many varieties of walks as there are landscapes; from flat valley floors and winding river paths, to gently-sloped hill climbing or forays through the pine forests.
The Fédération Française de la Randonnée - the national walkers association, is helpful, well organised, and produces a range of excellent maps and handbooks. www.ffrandonnee.fr
Our local equestrian centre will be happy to organise trekking in the countryside around Clairac, or time in the paddock.
The Centre de Tourisme Equestre in Missandre offers trekking tours of between 1 hour and 4 days. It is about half an hour east of La Bique, close to Monclar in the 15th Century chateau of Missandre.
CTE Missandre, Saint Pierre de Caubel, 47380
Tel (+33) 05 53 49 02 86
There is a very well kept and under-used tennis court in Granges-sur-Lot, five minutes from La Bique. Book at the Mairie (the town hall) in the village square in Granges.
Go-Karting / Microlight / Paintballing
For anyone who has finally given up on their chances of making it as an F1 driver, this sensational track offers an opportunity to experience what might have been. This is a proper race track with fast carts and you’ll be given a little coaching before being let loose. A fantastic day out.
We greatly appreciated the lovely space of this big house awaiting us.