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I actually used it
on 7 July 2006
I bought the book in advance of a holiday in the Dordogne combining walks with visits to prehistoric sites in the region. I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone planning something similar. I actually did four of the walks, from St Genies (walk no. 2), Les Eyzies (no. 5), Domme (no. 10) and St Sozy (no. 12).
What I liked about the book was the detail in the walk descriptions. For example (walk no 10): "Go through a small hedge to the lower part of the park, where there is an orientation map next to a tall iron cross. With your back to the orientation map, walk out of the garden gates and turn down right on the narrow Rue du Vieux Moulin, following yellow splashes (ignore a track to the left)." This is not just 1:25000, it is 1:1 stuff - much better. The diagrams in the book were fine and actually I didn't refer to the 1:25000 maps at all!
I did go wrong a few times, but in each case it was my fault. I had not read the author's instructions carefully enough or I'd missed a yellow stripe on a tree. But because of the detailed instructions, I soon realised my mistakes (eg: `Where's the canoe shop? I must have gone wrong').
I agree with the author about the ridiculous (my word) `Deviation Provisoire Blazanguet' (walk no 12), which winds round and round and up and down in a small wood. By the way the use of heavy type in the book to indicate sections where the walker has to be especially wary is a useful feature.
In advance, I thought that the authors timings for the walks were generous, ie too long. But in practice, each one was about ¾ hour too short. However, the weather was hot and I needed frequent water stops, book consultation stops and butterfly identification stops.
In summary, a lovely area and a very useful book for walkers.