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 170mm x 14mm | 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: 62,275

Product description

A guide to cycle touring along the Canal du Midi in the sunny Languedoc region of southern France. The 240km main canal route, and the 37km Narbonne extension are described. Information is also given on short detours to sights close to the canal, and longer excursions into the surrounding countryside. Those planning a week-long cycling holiday should concentrate of the main canal and some of the short detours. Reasonably fit cyclists should be able to complete the canal and the excursions in two weeks. A stage-planning table is also included to make it easy to work out a different schedule to suit a particular timescale and ability. For each stage a route description with sketch map in included, together with details of terrain, availability of shade, ascent or descent made, maps needed, historical points of interest and information about places passed en route.

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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