Cycling the Canal Du Midi: Across Southern France from Toulouse to Sete

Cycling the Canal Du Midi: Across Southern France from Toulouse to Sete

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By (author) Declan Lyons

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  • Publisher: Cicerone Press
  • Format: Paperback | 192 pages
  • Dimensions: 116mm x 172mm x 13mm | 240g
  • Publication date: 15 June 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Cumbria
  • ISBN 10: 1852845597
  • ISBN 13: 9781852845599
  • Edition: 9001
  • Edition statement: 1st edition.
  • Illustrations note: 24 colour maps
  • Sales rank: 55,495

Product description

A guide to cycle touring along the Canal du Midi in the sunny Languedoc region of southern France. A UNESCO World Heritage Site the canal meanders through lush countryside rich in history and culture and offers the cyclist flat, car-free paths for a comfortable pedal, suitable for all levels of ability and experience, as well as access to tougher excursions in the nearby hills and mountains. ? ideal for anyone planning a cycling holiday, English-speaking residents of the region who want to explore or anyone passing through on the canal who wants to stretch their legs a little by bike ? describes the main canal (240km) and its Narbonne extension (37km), with excursions to the Cathar strongholds of Minerve and Lastours, the canal's water source in the Montagne Noire and the lagoons and marshes in the Aude and Orb delta ? highlights the attractions of cities and towns along the way such as Toulouse, Carcassonne, Beziers and Sete, and gives practical information about accommodation, cycle shops, markets and festivals along the route

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Author information

Declan Lyons brings a lifelong passion for cycling and touring to this guide. As a teenager in the 1960s, he explored the wilds of Connemara on a rusty three-speed Rudge bicycle. Since then, he has toured extensively in Ireland and further afield. He has cycled throughout France including regular trips from the Channel to the Mediterranean. Declan now lives next to the Canal du Midi, where he has spent the past decade exploring its history, culture and wildlife - accompanied by his wife, son and fellow bike enthusiasts.

Table of contents

Introduction; Regions of the canal; Why by bike? When to cycle; How to use this guide; History; The construction of the canal; Culture: festivals and sport; Practicalities; Getting there and getting around; Your bike; Health and safety; Accommodation; Eating and drinking; Packing; Money, phones and email; The Route; Stage 1 Toulouse to Port Lauragais; Stage 2 Port Lauragais to Carcassone; Excursion: from Guerre lock to St-Ferreol reservoir; Stage 3 Carcassone to Homps; Excursion: from Trebes to Lastours; Excursion: from Homps to Minerve; Stage 4 Homps to Beziers; Excursion: to Narbonne and Port la Nouvelle; Stage 5 Beziers to Sete; Excursion: to Vendres salt lagoon; Excursion: across Portiragnes marshes and to Seringnan; Appendix 1 Stage planning table; Appendix 2 Accommodation; Appendix 3 Tourist offices; Appendix 4 English-French glossary; Appendix 5 Market days; Appendix 6 Bike repair shops; Appendix 7 Further reading