Cycling the Canal du Midi

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Cycling the Canal du Midi – Cicerone guide book

Cycling the Canal du Midi - Cicerone
Cycling the Canal du Midi – Cicerone

This guidebook describes a 240km cycle ride along the length of the Canal du Midi in southern France. Starting at Toulouse in the Haute Garonne and finishing at Sete on the Mediterranean Coast, the route is divided into five stages of about 50km. It is a flat, car-free and picturesque route mainly on the towpath, and is suitable for all abilities.

The guide is written for those who want to explore the canal and visit attractions along the way. There are lots of optional detours to sites of interest near the canal, as well as six longer excursions including fortified Carcassone, Roman Narbonne, Vendres lagoon and the Portiragnes marshes. Detailed route descriptions are crammed with additional information about points of interest passed, and 1:200,000 scale maps clearly show the route for each stage of the way.

Begun in 1666 the Canal du Midi is one of the world’s most picturesque waterways and a World Heritage Site. This is ‘La France Profonde’, a region rich in history and culture, as seen in the grand homes and chateaux that grace the water’s edge, and the fascinating Cathar strongholds of Carcassone, Lastours and Minerve.

Cycling the Canal du Midi - sample pages


There is a good article on the Canal du Midi cycle route on the Guardian website.

UNESCO declared the Canal du Midi a World Heritage Site in 1996.

  • ideal for anyone planning a cycling holiday, English-speaking residents of the region who want to explore or anyone passing through on the canal who wants to stretch their legs a little by bike
  • describes the main canal (240km) and its Narbonne extension (37km), with excursions to the Cathar strongholds of Minerve and Lastours, the canal’s water source in the Montagne Noire and the lagoons and marshes in the Aude and Orb delta
  • highlights the attractions of cities and towns along the Canal du Midi such as Toulouse, Carcassonne, Beziers and Sète, and gives practical information about accommodation, cycle shops, markets and festivals along the route

Cycling the Canal du Midi – Cicerone

Author: Lyons
No of Pages: 192
Page Size: 116 x 172 mm
ISBN 10: 1852847840
ISBN 13: 9781852847845
Publisher: Cicerone Press
Published Date: May 2017
Edition: 2nd ed, May 2017
Binding: Paperback
Illustrations: col photos and maps
Weight: 220g

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