Sentier karstique à Excideuil

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Location: At Excideuil. A89 (E70) exit St-Laurent, follow N221 north towards Périgueux, turn right on N21, at Sarliac sur l'Isle turn right onto D705, follow the Isle, then Loue valley to Excideuil. Start in the village opposite the Syndicat d'Initiative.
Open: no restrictions [2007]
Fee: free [2007]
Classification: SpeleologyKarst cave
Light: bring torch.
Dimension: Short trail: L=5.5 km. Long trail L=8.5 km.
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The karst trail near Excideuil is also called Roches Enchantées (Magic Rocks). There are two different trail, one is 5.5 km long the other one is 8.5 km long. Sturdy boots, appropriate clothes, some food and drink, and of course a torch are required.

The sights on the trails include the Grottes de Sarconnat (Caves of les Sarconnat). One of the most impressive rooms of this cave is la salle des 100 cierges (the Chamber of the 100 candles), named after numerous slim stalagmites. This cave, like many others in the area, contained a weath of cave bear bones, when it was discovered. Unfortunately it is not open to the public, only the entrance with its karst spring is accessible.

Another cave is the Grotte de l'Eglise de Saint Martin (Cave of Church of Saint Martin). It was discovered in 1869 by the local doctor Jules Parrot. Cave bear bones and stone tools were discovered.