Cycling the Canal de la Garonne: From Bordeaux to Toulouse

Cycling the Canal de la Garonne: From Bordeaux to Toulouse

by Declan Lyons

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781783626908
Publisher: Cicerone Press
Publication date: 01/16/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 192
File size: 39 MB
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About the Author

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. 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.
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.

Table of Contents

Route summary table Map key Overview map 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-Base Stage 4 Buzet-sur-Base 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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