I've been riding my bike in the heavenly northern Dordogne for nearly 30 years. My family still has a house there and it was a key influence in my switch from teaching to tour operating. Riding in this part of the world is always wonderful. The landscape offers an endless web of quiet lanes and ancient villages separated by deep wooded valleys, so it's not necessarily somewhere to go if you're looking for easy riding. The traffic levels are a tiny fraction of what you'd find in much of the UK and it's not unusual to ride for an hour without even seeing a car.