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Cycling the Canal du Midi

Across Southern France from Toulouse to Sete

Guide to cycling the Canal du Midi in southern France, 240km from Toulouse in the Haute Garonne to Sete on the Mediterranean Coast. The flat, picturesque route is divided into five stages, each around 50km long. Includes detours to sights close to the canal as well as longer excursions, including Narbonne, Minerve, Carcassone and Beziers.


Suitable all year round. Busier and hot in summer, but with lots going on; ideal temperatures but higher average rainfall in spring and autumn; quietest in winter, but with Christmas markets and fairs.


Toulouse, Carcassone, Beziers, Sète


Suitable for all abilities - flat and car-free along the canal with optional slightly hillier excursions by road if desired. Described in five stages to fit within a week's holiday.

Must See

Historic towns and cities: Ancient Greek Agde, Roman Narbonne, Toulouse, the 'Rose City', Carcassonne's 12th-century fortified Cité. Real French culture of La France Profonde, including myriad local festivals. Varied countryside with a wide range of animals and plants.
10 May 2017
28 Sept 2022
17.20 x 11.60 x 1.15cm

A guidebook to cycling the Canal du Midi route from Toulouse to Sete on the Mediterranean coast. Covering 260km (162 miles), this long-distance cycle through France’s southern Languedoc can be cycled in 1 week and is suitable for both first-time and experienced long-distance cyclists.

The route is described west to east in 5 stages, each between 40 and 63km (25–39 miles) in length. Optional side trips exploring the countryside and historical towns and villages are also detailed.

  • 1:200,000 maps and profiles included for each stage?
  • Refreshment and accommodation information given
  • Handy stage planning tables help you plan your itinerary
  • 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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