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Cycling the Canal de La Garonne from Bordeaux to Toulouse guidebook - Cicerone

A guidebook for cycling France's Canal de la Garonne, describing 296km of cycle route from Bordeaux to Toulouse, where it connects with the Canal du Midi. Describes a 135km excursion to the Atlantic Ocean, with detours to many historical towns and villages along the route. With information on accommodation, facilities and cycle shops on route.

EAN13 : 9781852847838

  • Publisher/Serie : Cicerone/Cycling
  • Destination : Nouvelle-Aquitaine
  • Activity : Cycling
  • Publication date : jan-2019
  • Pages : 192
  • specifications/quality : paperback
  • Language : english
  • Dimension : 11.6cm x 17.2cm x 1.2cm


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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 also 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


This route is best cycled in spring, summer or autumn. It may be cycled in winter too but the weather is less predictable.


Atlantic coast, Bordeaux, Sauveterre-de-Guyenne, La Reole, Marmande, Buzet-sur-Bäise, Porte-Ste-Marie, Agen, Moissac, Montech, Montauban and Toulouse


An easy and highly enjoyable cycle and suitable for lone cyclists, families, groups and those using e-bikes. Most of it is flat or has a very gradual incline.

Must See

Bustling Bordeaux and the rose city of Toulouse. Sauveterre-de-Guyenne, Marmande, Agen, Valence d'Agen, Moissac, Montech and Montauban. Beautiful Gascony countryside and the rivers Garonne, Bäise and Tarn.


Regions of the canal
The canal’s construction
Cycling the Garonne canal
When to go
Getting there
Food and drink
Your bike
What to take
Health and safety
Money and communications
Using this guide
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-Baïse
Stage 4 Buzet-sur-Baïse 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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