Cycling - Take pleasure in cycling on miles of quiet, underpopulated roads where the motorists respect those of us that choose 2 wheels over 4! There are many recognised routes to be found. Here is a route map of the region provided by the Charente tourist board. At Le Petit Maine we can advise or accompany you on routes we have selected.
Horse riding - A local trekking centre uses the bridle paths surrounding Le Petit Maine. Guests of all abilities are welcome at this riding school.
Walking - Le Petit Maine is surrounded by bridlepaths to explore. Guests with dogs are very welcome to use these paths.
There are also many recognised routes to be found. Here is one local example provided by the Charente tourist board:
Autour d'Aubeterre - Moors and white cliffs
< Circuit 4 hrs - 16 km >This route, close to the Périgord, takes you to three rivers : the Dronne, the Tude and the Viveronne. Holm oak, box and juniper thrive on the slopes. Villages and hamlets are dotted along the route as well as the sign of a former rural economy [mills, bread ovens...].
You must spend a long moment in Aubeterre, one of the « Most Beautiful Villages in France » and its 11th century underground church...
Bird watching - Be amazed by the quantity of birds of Prey sitting on overhead wires around Le Petit Maine & surrounding areas of the Charente. Kingfishers can be seen around the waterways & local ponds whilst Jays populate the woodland areas.
Golf courses – closest is at Aubeterre, others at Angouleme (45 mins) and Perigueux (50mins).
Golf d'Aubeterre, Pillac
[9 holes, 1 728 m, Par 31]
Between the Charente and the Dordogne lies the Dronne. Built on the banks of the river, just a stone's throw from Aubeterre, one of the « Most Beautiful Villages in France », the manoir de Longeveau has a 9 hole course. The course is short but very demanding with bunkers and other hazards in the rolling meadows and oak groves.
Golf de l'Hirondelle - Angoulême
[18 holes, 5 365 m, Par 70, slope 139]
It is built on a spur of limestone rock opposite the town. There are fine views of the cathedral and the pink tiled roofs. The 18 holes cover about 34 hectares in the St-Martin woods. The fairways call for good physical condition and a high degree of skill notably because they are very narrow.
Wine Tasting - Is an enjoyable experience whilst visiting this area.
Vineyards welcome families & usually offer free tasting's . At Le Petit Maine we can give suggestions on where to visit or organise an accompanied trip to one of our favourite producteurs.
Canoeing - Is available at Aubeterre river beach & Brossac lake. At Le Petit Maine we can assist with booking canoe hire, trips or accompany you for a relaxed tour of the river whilst stopping for a picnic at the side of the river Dronne.