La Via Ferrata de Marqueyssac
Acrobatic course on a cliffside overlooking the Dordogne River
Welcome to the Via Ferrata de Marqueyssac
The via Ferrata de Marneyssac is located in the MARQUEYSSAC Gardens.
The via ferrata (from the Italian "railway") is a route built into a rock face, equipped with specific metal elements (cables, ladders, ramps, etc.) to facilitate the progression. Safety is optimal thanks to a lifeline that allows self-insurance of the participants.
In Marqueyssac you will walk along the cliff which dominates the Dordogne river a hundred meters below. The course is entirely safe thanks to a continuous lifeline - a device to which you will be connected without being able to detach yourself from it, which prevents any mishandling.
After a few hesitant steps at the beginning, you will quickly gain confidence and enjoy the panorama. The via Ferrata de Marqueyssac is both a fun and sporting activity halfway between climbing and hiking.
The course measures nearly 200m, you will pass through rungs, pallets or beams fixed to the cliff as well as more aerial passages corbelled on wooden planks or even a monkey bridge. Our experienced instructors will ensure the installation and control of equipment such as harnesses and give you the basic safety rules. You will be able to complete the course independently or be accompanied.
The activity is accessible to all, sportsmen or not, from 8 years old and over 1.30 m. The route is horizontal and therefore does not require any particular physical or technical abilities. It is however a rather impressive course which requires overcoming the fear of heights. Indeed, even if the average height of the course is about fifteen meters, the sensation of height is increased by the dominant position of the cliff over the Dordogne valley.
Don't worry, before entering the Via ferrata de Marqueyssac, you will do a test run representative of the conditions of the entire route. If you pass this test course, you will then be able to go on the course independently for about 30 minutes along the cliff. If, on the contrary, the conditions are not right for you to continue, an escape route allows you to end the activity immediately and return immediately to the starting point.
It will take approximately 45 minutes to complete the activity from equipment and guidance to arrival.
The installations comply with European standards and are checked daily. Two annual inspection visits are carried out by an approved inspection body.
The 2019 rates
The activity is offered without extra charge to the entrance fee of the gardens :
Adults: 9,90 €.
Children (10-17 years old) : 5 €.
Free for children under 10 years old.
The activity is also offered at no extra charge to the garden entrance fee on the usual opening days. Under these conditions, groups have no priority over individuals.
Adults: 7,50 € (1 free accompanying adult for every 20 adults)
School: 1 free accompanying adult for every 10 children
Secondary : 3,60 €.
Primary : 3,20 €.
Possibility for groups to book outside the usual days and times: fixed price of 180 € in addition to the entrance fee (48 people max).
Dates and Times
Route Closed in 2020 due to Covid 19