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Cycling the Canal Du MIDI : Across Southern France from Toulouse to Sete - Declan Lyons

Cycling the Canal Du MIDI

Across Southern France from Toulouse to Sete

Paperback Published: 10th May 2017
ISBN: 9781852847845
Number Of Pages: 192

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A guidebook to cycle touring along the Canal du Midi in the sunny Languedoc region of southern France. The 240km main canal route, and the 37km Narbonne extension are described. Information is also given on short detours to sights close to the canal, and longer excursions into the surrounding countryside.

Those planning a week-long cycling holiday should concentrate of the main canal and some of the short detours. Reasonably fit cyclists should be able to complete the canal and the excursions in two weeks. A stage-planning table is also included to make it easy to work out a different schedule to suit a particular timescale and ability. For each stage a route description with sketch map in included, together with details of terrain, availability of shade, ascent or descent made, maps needed, historical points of interest and information about places passed en route.

  • includes excursions to Cathar strongholds, the canal-s water source in the Montagne Noire and the lagoons and marshes in the Aude and Orb delta
  • with practical information on accommodation, cycle shops, markets and local festivals

About the Author

Declan Lyons brings a lifelong passion for cycling and touring to this guide. 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. He hascycled throughout France including regular trips from the Channel to the Mediterranean. Declan now lives next to the Canal du Midi.

Map key

Overview map


Regions of the canal




Cycling the Canal du Midi

When to go

Getting there and getting around


Food and drink

Your bike

What to take

Cycling the towpath

Health and safety



Money and communications

Using this guide


Stage 1 Toulouse to Port Lauragais

Stage 2 Port Lauragais to Carcassone

Excursion 1 From Criminelle lock to St-Ferreol reservoir

Stage 3 Carcassone to Homps

Excursion 2 From Trebes to Lastours

Excursion 3 From Homps to Minerve

Stage 4 Homps to Beziers

Excursion 4 To Narbonne and Port la Nouvelle

Stage 5 Beziers to Sete

Excursion 5 To Vendres salt lagoon

Excursion 6 Across Portiragnes marshes to Serignan

Appendix A Stage planning tables

Appendix B Accommodation

Appendix C Useful information

Appendix D English-French glossary

Appendix E Further reading

ISBN: 9781852847845
ISBN-10: 1852847840
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 10th May 2017
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 16.71 x 11.81  x 0.99
Weight (kg): 0.18
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised

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