Cycling the Canal de la Garonne

300km from Bordeaux to Toulouse

A guidebook to cycling the Canal de Garonne in the south of France. It describes a 260km route from Bordeaux to Toulouse in 7 stages, as well as a 135km excursion 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 best cycled in spring, summer or autumn. 

Bustling Bordeaux is the starting point for a voyage of discovery through the beautiful Gascon countryside to the splendid rose city of Toulouse. The cycle track brings you in touch with wildlife, history, culture and those who live and work there. It is perfect for those planning a cycling holiday in the region, or for those boating on the canal or holidaying nearby. 

The book describes over 500km of cycling. Detailed route descriptions are accompanied by 1:50,000 maps, with lots of fascinating information about the places encountered along the route and notes on the region's history and the building of the canal. Also contains practical information on travel, choosing the right bike and equipment, facilities and cycle shops.

Declan Lyons

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 touredextensively in Ireland and further afield. He hascycled throughout France including regular trips fromthe Channel to the Mediterranean.Declan now lives next to the Canal du Midi.

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