Cycling the Canal de la Garonne
From Bordeaux to Toulouse
By Declan Lyons
A guidebook for cycling France's Canal de la Garonne, describing 290km of cycle route from Bordeaux to Toulouse, where it connects with the Canal du Midi. Describes a 135km excursion to the Atlantic Ocean, with detours to many historical towns and villages along the route. With information on accommodation, facilities and cycle shops on route.
SeasonsThis route is best cycled in spring, summer or autumn. It may be cycled in winter too but the weather is less predictable.
CentresAtlantic coast, Bordeaux, Sauveterre-de-Guyenne, La Reole, Marmande, Buzet-sur-Bäise, Porte-Ste-Marie, Agen, Moissac, Montech, Montauban and Toulouse
DifficultyAn easy and highly enjoyable cycle and suitable for lone cyclists, families, groups and those using e-bikes. Most of it is flat or has a very gradual incline.
Must SeeBustling Bordeaux and the rose city of Toulouse. Sauveterre-de-Guyenne, Marmande, Agen, Valence d'Agen, Moissac, Montech and Montauban. Beautiful Gascony countryside and the rivers Garonne, Bäise and Tarn.
This guidebook presents a cycle ride along the Canal de la Garonne in the south of France. The 290km route is covered in 7 stages from bustling Bordeaux to the splendid rose city of Toulouse, with a 135km excursion from to Lacanau on the Atlantic coast. Optional side trips explore the countryside and historical towns and villages, including Agen, Moissac, Marmande and Montauban. Mainly flat and easy cycling, including 193km along the main canal towpath, this is an easy route suitable for lone cyclists, families, groups and those using e-bikes. It is perfect for those planning a cycling holiday, and for people boating on the canal or holidaying nearby who want to get out and explore.
A detailed route description is accompanied by 1:50,000 maps, with fascinating information about the places encountered along the route and notes on the region's history and the building of the canal. The guidebook also contains practical information on travel, choosing the right bike and equipment, facilities and cycle shops.
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Declan Lyons has a lifelong passion for cycling and touring. He was bitten by the bug when, 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, including regular trips from the Channel to the Mediterranean. Declan is an advocate of cycle touring – taking time on his cycles and relishing the nature, history and daily life all around. He has toured the region between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean extensively.View author profile
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