History of Hells Gorge
Although the area was used by our Prehistoric ancestors, it was the Romans that were convinced that Hells Gorge was the entrance to Hell.
In 56 BC Publius Crassus, a lieutenant of Julius Caesar setup camp in what is now ‘Commarque” in the Beune Valley just 10km from “Hells Gorge” One early morning in February Publius Crassus sent 50 soldiers to find the best route to what is now “Perigueux”
These 50 soldiers setup camp at Hells Gorge around the small lake [ that still exists ] Two days later an army scout found the remains of all 50 soldiers at the bottom of the small lake, fully clothed and no injuries.
12 soldiers were sent to retrieve the bodies from the lake, and they themselves were never seen or heard of again.
The Romans mapped the area as Hells Gorge, and never set foot onto it again..
Hells gorge is a small area, but extremely rich in history.
We follow an ancient track that cuts through the gorge. Here you will see the largest Prehistoric Overhang in Europe. We will venture into some hidden and unmapped caves and shelters, you will also explore the ruins of a Templars Hospital, an ancient sacrafice spot, excellent views and lots more. All in all an unforgettable 4-5 hour round trip.
This adventure is a must for the hiker that doesn’t mind crawling, climbing and getting dirty.
Trail Stats :
Start : Eglise de Tayac, Les Eyzies de Tayac
Finish : Eglise de Tayac, Les Eyzies de Tayac
Distance : about 8 km – 12 km
Time : 3 – 5 hours ( depending on group and time spent exploring caves )
Type : off the beaten track
Highlights : Hells Gorge – Prehistoric Caves / shelters and a Templar Hospital Ruin
Persons : min. 1, max. 5
Price : € 18 p/p hour max €120 or €300 for group of 4
Extras : picnic available for € 15,-
Note : kids 6 -12 half price with min. 1 parent