Welcome to Champ de Maradène. I’ve designed this web site primarily to host and share our photographs with our family and friends, some of which (photos that is) you’ll see in the header of these pages. You’ll also find a map of our local area, pinpointing our house (just in case you’ve forgotten where we are) and a local weather report. On the Walks page I’ve created links to details of some of our local walks that I’ve uploaded to Openrunner, the route planning and sharing web site, where you can print walks and/or download the gpx files for a handheld GPS if you fancy doing some walking in the area.
Have no fear, though, this is not just another vanity web site so you won’t find pages of our personal musings, fascinating though they would be. Well, perhaps just a few, but we’ve got better things to do. You can read our latest news on the News page or click the link in the Recent News section in the right-hand column.
Some of the other links in the right-hand column are to web sites I have created for friends. Looking for a B&B or a gîte in the Dordogne, then you might like to consider Les Jonquilles, an attractive modern stone house set in a quiet, rural location yet only 15 minutes walk on way-marked footpaths from the town of Domme, one of the most beautiful villages of the Dordogne. It’s run by our friends, Pam & Glyn.
CazalRando is our local walking club and I am its webmaster. On the site you can read about our activities (past and future), a calendar of walks for the current period, maps and downloadable GPS files of our walks, and photos from our members. L’Ensemble Vocal Divona is a local choir that some of our friends belong to. Openrunner is a walking/running/cycling web site I use. I am also a member of their development team, contributing English translations.
La Jardin de la Daille, situated on the Causse, just below the summit of a round-topped limestone hill on the border of the Dordogne and the Lot departments, is owned by friends who have lived in the area for ever. The garden has been awarded the label ‘Jardin Remarquable’ by the Ministre de la Culture. It has been created around a group of farm buildings which date from 1805 and has been open to the public since 1985. Definitely worth a visit by garden lovers.
Last but not least, Intellect is an independent academic publisher in the fields of creative practice and popular culture, and I am its managing director.
If you would like to see anything else included on this site do let us know.