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Cycling the Canal de la Garonne : From Bordeaux to Toulouse



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Author: Declan Lyons

Publisher: Cicerone Press

Publish Date: 15 May 2019

ISBN-13: 9781852847838

Pages: 304

File Type: PDF

Language: English

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Preface

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.
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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-Baise
Stage 4 Buzet-sur-Baise to Agen
Excursion 1 To Port-Sainte-Marie and Clermont-Dessous
Excursion 2 To Nerac
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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