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Cycling the Canal de la Garonne

From Bordeaux to Toulouse

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.


This route is best cycled in spring, summer or autumn. It may be cycled in winter too but the weather is less predictable.


Atlantic coast, Bordeaux, Sauveterre-de-Guyenne, La Reole, Marmande, Buzet-sur-Bäise, Porte-Ste-Marie, Agen, Moissac, Montech, Montauban and Toulouse


An 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 See

Bustling 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.
11 Jan 2019
17.20 x 11.60 x 1.15cm

A guidebook to cycling the Canal de la Garonne route from Bordeaux to Toulouse. Covering 290km (180 miles), this long-distance cycle across south-western France can be completed in 1 week and is suitable for both first-time and experienced long-distance cyclists.

The route is described from north to south in 7 stages, each between 31 and 59km (19–37 miles) in length. A 135km (84 mile) excursion from Bordeaux to Lacanau on the Atlantic coast is described as well as optional side trips exploring the countryside and historical towns and villages, including Agen, Moissac, Marmande and Montauban.

  • 1:100,000 maps and profiles included for each stage?
  • Refreshment and accommodation information given
  • Information on cycle shops with repair facilities along the route
  • Advice on planning and preparation

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Declan Lyons Cicerone author LYONS

By Declan Lyons

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.

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