Cycling the Canal de la Garonne

From Bordeaux to Toulouse

By Declan Lyons

Available 15 January 2019

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A guidebook for cycling France's Canal de la Garonne, describing 296km 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.

Seasons

Seasons

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

Centres

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

Difficulty

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

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.
ISBN
9781852847838
Availability
Not Yet Published
Available
15 Jan 2019
Edition
First
Pages
192
Size
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.2cm
  • Overview

    This guidebook presents a cycle ride along the Canal de la Garonne in the south of France. The 260km 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 also for people boating on the canal or holidaying nearby who want to get out and explore.

    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 also 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.

  • Contents

    Contents
    Introduction
    Regions of the canal
    The canal’s construction
    History
    Culture
    Wildlife
    Cycling the Garonne canal
    When to go
    Getting there
    Accommodation
    Food and drink
    Your bike
    What to take
    Health and safety
    Security
    Maps
    Money and communications
    Using this guide
    The Canal de la Garonne
    Prologue From Bordeaux to the Atlantic
    Stage 1 Bordeaux to Sauveterre-de-Guyenne
    Stage 2 Sauveterre-de-Guyenne to Marmande
    Stage 3 Marmande to Buzet-sur-Baïse
    Stage 4 Buzet-sur-Baïse to Agen
    Excursion 1 To Port-Sainte-Marie and Clermont-Dessous
    Excursion 2 To Nérac
    Stage 5 Agen to Moissac
    Excursion 3 To Auvillar
    Stage 6 Moissac to Montauban
    Stage 7 Montauban to Toulouse

    Appendix A Distances between locks
    Appendix B Accommodation
    Appendix C Useful information
    Appendix D English–French glossary
    Appendix E Further reading

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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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