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1. 10 One-day Canal Bike Rides in France

No time for an epic canal ride? Richard Peace as these single day bike ride ideas along French canals. If you don’t fancy taking the epic canal challenge of the Canal du Midi or the Nantes-Brest Canal...

2. Cycling the Canal du Midi

In the second of a two-part series on cycling from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean, Iain Griffiths bikes the Canal du Midi from Toulouse to Sète. In part one, we follow the river Garonne and the Canal...

3. 10 Epic Canal Bike Routes in France

If you are looking for an epic canal bike ride in France, then these 10 ideas from Richard Peace might provide the inspiration you need. We don't mean to brag, but we have some mighty fine canals in France...

4. 10 tips for cycling the Canal de Garonne and the Canal du Midi

Australian author Steven Herrick has sent us his top 10 tips for cycling from the Atlantic Ocean to the Med along the Canal de Garonne and the Canal du Midi. Guidebook for cycling the Canal de Garonne...

5. Reader tips: Cycling the Canal du Midi and Canal de Garonne

One of our readers, David from the US, has emailed us these tips for anyone cycling the Canal de Garonne and/or the Canal du Midi. (Thanks David!) Carcassonne outside the second city wall. Photo: David...

6. Canal du Midi and Canal de Garonne luggage transfer

Scott emailed about luggage transfer for a canal ride in the south of France. Here's our email exchange. The voie verte du Canal des Deux Mers: the Canal de Garonne and the Canal du midi combine to take...

7. Canal des Deux Mers à Vélo - Route report for between La Reole and Agen

Britta Sorensen takes a springtime ride along the Canal des Deux Mers à Vélo and reviews the route between La Reole and Agen (April 2018). See our self-guided itinerary for the entire Bordeaux to Toulouse...

8. Canal du Midi Bike Rental

Andy wrote in to ask for advice about bike hire on the Canal du Midi. Should he bring his own bike or hire one there? One of France's iconic bike rides. Photo: Marcel Musil Join us on Facebook and Twitter...

9. A week cycling the Canal du Midi

Hilde Morris and Heather Godrey are back cycling (and writing) for us. Here they report from the Canal du Midi. Hilde and Heather: the Véloroute du Littoral de la Côte d'Albâtre Hilde and Heather cycle...

10. Cycling the Canal de Garonne from Bordeaux to Toulouse

In the first of a two-part series on cycling from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean, Iain Griffiths follows the Canal de Garonne from Bordeaux to Toulouse. In part two, we ride the Canal du Midi from...

11. Cycling the Canal du Midi guidebook out now

A new edition of Cicerone's popular Cycling the Canal du Midi guidebook is out now. QUICKLINKSGuidebook for the Canal de Garonne - Bordeaux to ToulouseGuidebook for the Canal du Midi - Toulouse to Sete...

12. Cycling Around Toulouse in the Midi-Pyrénées

Richard Peace, author of Cycling Southern France, takes to the roads around Toulouse, Albi, Castres and the Garonne in the Midi-Pyrénées. Cycle-friendly Toulouse. Photo: Richard Peace Despite the fact...

13. Canal du Midi Ride for Cancer Support France

Fancy riding the Canal du Midi for a good cause? Why not join Cancer Support France's ride from Toulouse to Marseillan from June 7-11? Cycle the Canal du Midi for Cancer Support France. Photo: Le Nerd...

14. Luggage transfer and one-way bike delivery on the Canal du Midi

Luggage transfer services do exist along the Canal du Midi – you can use our bespoke service to arrange these. Baggage transfer for cycling in Burgundy Baggage transfer for cycling La Velo Francette Baggage...

15. Canal des Deux Mers bike route

Canal des Deux Mers à Vélo links the Atlantic Coast to the Mediterranean, starting north of Bordeaux and joining to the Roger Lapebie bike path, the Canel de Garonne and the Canal du Midi. Guidebook for...

16. Canal Boats and Bikes

With so many towpaths in France, bikes can complement boats as they make their way through the countryside, says David Jefferson, author of Through French Canals. On the Canal du Midi. Photo: Fran West...

17. Itinerary for cycling the Canal de Garonne

Here is a do-it-yourself itinerary for cycling the Canal de Garonne from Bordeaux to Toulouse.  Guidebook for cycling the Canal de Garonne - Bordeaux to Toulouse Guidebook for the cycling the Canal du...

18. Finding accommodation near the Tour de France route

Need cycling accommodation near the Tour de France route? Then this page is for you.  Note - this is our 2021 page - we will update it for 2022 when the route is announced.   2021 official Tour de France...

19. Cancer Support France Canal du Midi ride report

Back in March, we previewed an awareness and fundraising ride along the Canal du Midi for Cancer Support France. Here are some pics and a report from the June 7-11 ride. All pics thanks to Cancer Support...

20. Occitanie train map - for the Pyrenees, Languedoc, Canal du Midi

Train map for the Occitanie region of France and an overview of taking bikes on trains in the region. The closest main station to Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val in the Aveyron is Caussade, which links to Toulouse...

21. Biking by Barge on the Canal de Garonne

Further to our article on canal boats and bikes, Cycling For Softies is now offering a 'biking by barge', writes Lynette Eyb. A stretch of the Canal de Garonne in Tarn-et-Garonne, Midi-Pyrenees. The Canal...

22. Advice for cycling the Canal des 2 Mers

After reading about the Canal des Deux Mers bike route in our newsletter, Eli sent me the following email to ask for more advice. The Roger Lapebie bike path between Bordeaux and Sauveterre-de-Guyenne...

23. Canal du Midi Cycling B&B Review: Le Jardin d'Homps

Hilde Morris stayed at Le Jardin d'Homps in the village of Homps when she cycled the Canal du Midi. Here's her review. Le Jardin d'Homps21 Grand Rue, 11200 Homps Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon (Occitanie)View...

24. Guidebook for cycling the Canal de Garonne from Bordeaux to Toulouse

At last! An English-language guidebook from a mainstream publisher for cycling the Canal de Garonne from Bordeaux to Toulouse. Here is how to get your hands on the latest Cicerone guidebook. It's been...

25. Canal des 2 Mers à Vélo bike route - Atlantic Coast to the Med

The Canal des 2 Mers bike route links the Canal de Garonne and the Canal du Midi from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean. ** For GPX files for each stage, click the coloured lines on the map above** Guidebook...

26. How to get from Brittany to Bordeaux for the Canal de Garonne

Les is cycling along the Canal de Garonne from Bordeaux. He wants to know about catching a train with his bike from Brittany to Bordeaux without going via Paris. I am planning a trip for two of us along...

27. Ride the Canal de Garonne for Cancer Support France

Fancy cycling the Canal de Garonne in September for a great cause? Then Cycle For Life is for you. Here's what you need to know. It's on again! Following a successful ride along the Canal du Midi last...

28. Bike hire in Bordeaux

Margaret emailed from Australia to ask about renting a bike in Bordeaux to ride to the Canal du Midi. The beautiful plane trees lining the Canal du Midi. Photo: Le nerd du CDI Question:Hi, My husband...

29. Bike in Montauban for cycling the Canal de Garonne

Kelly wants to rent a bike near Montauban so she can ride the Canal de Garonne for a day. The Musée Ingres, Pont Vieux and the church of St Jacques are reflected in the waters of the Tarn at Montauban...

30. Cycling Hotel Review: Hotel la Residence, Narbonne

Hilde Morris stayed at Hotel la Residence in Narbonne when she cycled the Canal du Midi. Here's her review. Email lyn@freewheelingfrance.com if you know a great bike-friendly place to stay in France ...

31. Guidebooks for Cycling in France

There’s a guidebook for your pannier, (almost) no matter where you’d like to cycle in France. (I'm currently updating this page so please bear with me if it looks a little messy). Here's a wrap of the...

32. Luggage transfer service for cycling in Burgundy

Do you need a baggage transfer service for cycling the Canal de Bourgogne? Then read on – this is for you! Burgundy's famous canal is perfect for boats and bikes. Photo: Richard Pearson Join us Facebook...

33. Tips for cycling in France

This is a page for everyone – a collection of tips we've all picked up cycling in France. Cap Fréhel in Brittany. Photo: Steve Cadman I'm using this page to collate all manner if tips that have drifted...

34. 10 Epic River Bike Rides in France

Cycling along rivers is one of life's real pleasures. Richard Peace has 10 great long distance river routes in France. This article is part of our rivers and canals series. See also: 10 Epic Canal routes...

35. Cycling the Minervois wine region of France

Wine and bikes - what's more French than that? Here's an overview of cycling the Minervois wine region of Languedoc-Roussillon by local resident Natalie Trent. The Minervois AOC (dark orange). Click to...

36. Cycling Hotel Review: Hotel Le Donjon, Carcassonne

Hilde Morris stayed at the Hotel Le Donjon in Carcassonne at the start of her Canal du Midi bike ride. Here's what she thought of it.   Guidebook for cycling the Canal de Garonne - Bordeaux to Toulouse...

37. Cycling hotel review: Inter-Hotel Confluence, Damazan

Britta Sorensen reviews the Inter-Hotel Confluence in Damazan which she visited on a recent cycle break. Guidebook for cycling the Canal de Garonne - Bordeaux to Toulouse Guidebook for the cycling the...

38. Ride the Entre Deux Mers for Cancer Support France 2018

Ride along canal towpaths and through ancient villages for a good cause – the 2018 Cancer Support France bike ride. Freewheeling France is again supporting the annual Cancer Support France charity bike...

39. Narbonne, Languedoc-Roussillon

Gerry Patterson has this guide to cycling in Narbonne in the Languedoc-Roussillon region in the south of France. The remains of the Via Domitia Roman road in Narbonne's main square. Photo: Aslak Raanes...

40. Rides in Languedoc-Roussillon

Looking for a themed bike ride in one of the most beautiful areas of France? Gerry Patterson has these suggestions for cycling holidays in Languedoc-Roussillon. South gallery of the cloister in the 14th...

41. Ride through the Occitanie region for Cancer Support France

Ride along canal towpaths and through ancient villages for a good cause for the 2017 Cancer Support France bike ride through Occitanie. After successful rides along the Canal du Midi in 2015 (report here...

42. Bike hire in Languedoc-Roussillon

Need to hire a bike in Languedoc-Roussillon for the Canal du Midi, Montpellier, Beziers, Nimes or Carcassonne? Then check out our bike hire listings. Join us on Facebook and Twitter We're compiling listings...

43. Bike rental in France: Bike hire delivery services

Bike hire delivery services in France that will bring your bicycle to you and collect it again afterwards. Ideal if your chosen bike route starts in one place and finishes in another. Follow us on Twitter...

44. Euro Velo 8 - Mediterranean Cycle Route

The Euro Velo 8 Méditerranée à Vélo bike route connects Spain to Italy via the south of France. It also links with the Canal du Midi. Distance: 850kmDifficulty: Moderate-difficult, depending on the section...

45. Supporting independent businesses in the time of COVID

It's a bad time for the travel industry – here are a few ways you can help support independent businesses that offer the best service. How to support local accommodation, bike hire and cycle tour providers...

46. Bike routes in Hérault

Hérault in Occitanie, the region that combines Languedoc with the Midi-Pyrenees, is a peaceful department for cycling in the south of France. See here for our standalone Canal du Midi route page Hérault...

47. Pyrénées cycling holidays

Browse our listings to find a cycling tour of the Midi-Pyrénées, including Tour de France holidays and self-guided rides in the Gers and along the Canal du Midi. You can refine your criteria by using...

48. Cycling in France Books #2

About this time last year I wrote about France cycling books; there was one post for cycling in France books (mostly guidebooks and travelogues covering France cycling tours) and another specifically...

49. Accommodation for cycling in Languedoc-Roussillon

Use our maps to find B&Bs, hotels, and gites along your route through Languedoc, Aude, Gard and Hérault, including on the Canal du Midi, Carcassonne, Montpellier and Narbonne.

50. Accommodation for cycling in the Pyrénées

Use our map to find cycling hotels, B&Bs, gites and campsites in the Pyrénées, including the Lot Valley, the Tarn, Toulouse, Albi, Tourmalet, and the Canal du Midi.

51. Bike hire in the Pyrénées

Need to hire a bike in the Midi-Pyrénées? Then check out our bike hire shop listings. For bike delivery services, see here. We're compiling listings of bike hire outlets across the Midi-Pyrénées, which...

52. Voie Verte de l'Armagnac

The Voie Verte de l'Armagnac is an peaceful 20km cycle path through the countryside between Condom and Lagraulet. Distance: 20kmDifficulty: Easy – ideal for families or leisure riders.  Download GPX A...

53. Maps for cycling in France

Here is an overview of IGN and Michelin maps for cycling in France – and how to choose the best one for your cycling holiday. By Richard Peace. Lost on the Via Rhona: Fortunately, this man had lucked...

54. Bike hire by region

Do you need to hire a bike in France? Then see our listings of bike hire shops across the country. For a personal recommendation, see here for my bespoke service. We're compiling listings for cycle hire...

55. Cycling from Calais to the Med

Mark emailed from Australia with a plethora of questions ahead of his Calais to Provence trip. Here's what I came up with. Not everyone passes under the English Channel and arrives in Calais like Chris...

56. Bike hire in the Dordogne, Bordeaux, Aquitaine

Need to hire a bike in Aquitaine? Then check out these bike hire shops in Dordogne, Arcachon, Bordeaux, Landes, St Emilion and Lacanau. Follow us on Twitter We're compiling listings of bike hire outlets...

57. Baggage transfer services for cycling in Provence and Languedoc

A bespoke service for baggage transfers for your cycling holiday in Languedoc and Provence, making one-way and luggage-free rides easier. Baggage transfer for cycling in the Loire Baggage transfer for...

58. Bike hire in Burgundy

Need to hire a bike in Burgundy? Then check out our bike hire listings. Join us on Facebook and Twitter We're compiling listings of bike hire outlets across Burgundy, which is made up of the departments...

59. How to make your French holiday accommodation cycle-friendly

Do you want to attract more cyclists to your accommodation business in France? Here's how. How to be cycle-friendly I often get enquiries from campsite, hotel, B&B and gite owners asking how they...

60. Baggage transfer services on La Vélo Francette

Looking for a baggage transfer service for La Vélo Francette from La Rochelle to Caen? Here are some services we've come across. Suggested La Velo Francette itinerary here Baggage transfer for cycling...

61. Lot Valley Bike route - La Véloroute de la Vallée du Lot route map

The Lot Valley bike route is a 160km ride from near the Canal de Garonne through to Cahors. Distance: 160kmDifficulty: Moderate A combination of quiet backroads and voies vertes linking Aiguillon in Aquitaine...

62. Cycling the Trans-Ardennes Bike Path

The Trans-Ardennes bike path goes from Charleville-Mézières to within spitting distance of Belgium. Gerry Patterson follows one of France's least-explored but best developed greenway routes. The Ardennes...

63. Bike hire in Pays de la Loire

Need to hire a bike in Pays de la Loire for Angers, Saumur or Nantes, Marais Poitevin? Then check out our bike hire listings. Join us on Facebook and Twitter We're compiling listings of bike hire outlets...

64. The ViaRhôna bike route

You can cycle the ViaRhôna bike route for 815km from Lake Geneva to the Mediterranean. Here's what you need to know.  Download the GPX Distance: 815kmDifficulty: Varies – some of the northern shared road...

65. Cycling the Lot Valley Bike Route

Cycling the Lot Valley bike route or La véloroute de la vallée du Lot from from Aiguillon to Cahors. By Richard Peace. On the road in the Lot Valley. Photo: Lot Tourisme/P.Soisson Full Lot Valley bike...

66. Bike routes in the Aude

Tucked away in the south of France is a dream of a department for cyclists. Here's what to expect in the Aude. Click the coloured routes above for more info and GPX downloads The Aude is a department...

67. Taking bikes on French Trains - A Guide for Cyclists

Trains reach all corners of France – taking your bike on French trains need not be a hassle if you do a little research prior to departure and know which trains allow bikes (and which don't). Folding...

68. Itinerary for cycling for La Flow Vélo

La Flow Vélo is one of France's newest bike routes. Here's our itinerary from when we cycled from the Atlantic Coast at l’île d’Aix to Thiviers in the Dordogne. Download GPX from tourist board (starts...

69. Cycling the wine regions of France

There are so many French wine areas to explore by bike – winemaker Caro Feely has this guide to help you decide where to start. The vines of Saint-Emilion as autumn arrives. Photo: Freewheeling France...

70. Languedoc cycling holidays

Browse our listings to find a guided or self-guided cycling tour of Languedoc. You can refine your criteria by using the brown search box on the right.

71. Recumbent cycling holidays in France

Jean Ferraton runs recumbent bike tours in France and Spain. I spoke to him about his upcoming Tour de France trip, and about recumbent cycling holidays in general. Lyn: Jean, can you tell us where the...

72. Cycling accommodation for 5 families in France

I had an email via the Facebook page from a lady in Australia who is organising a French cycling holiday for five families from Australia. She was keen to find out more about accommodation options for...

73. Gift Ideas for Cycling Mums

Now this blog is in no way directed at my other half and our mini-cyclist (or maybe two mini-cyclists by the time you read this), but I thought it timely to write a list of gift ideas for all the cycling...

74. Choosing a Bike Route for Cycling in France

You want to take a cycling holidays in France but you're not sure where to go? Cycle tourer Laura Stone, author of Himalaya By Bike, has this guide to choosing a route. Step one: buy a map. Photo: florriebassingbourn...

75. Languedoc bike route - Orb Valley bike ride

Local cyclist Darren Kennedy has sent in this 48km circular loop from Autignac to Roquebrun, following the stunning Orb river valley. From Rue Saint André, ride north out of the village past the football...

76. Luggage transfer services for cycling the Loire (including one-way bike delivery

Luggage transfer service for the Loire Valley, making one-way bike rides easier. Baggage transfer for cycling in Burgundy Baggage transfer for cycling the Canal du Midi Baggage transfer for cycling La...

77. Cycling accommodation review: Clos du Magnolia, Orb river valley

Clos du Magnolia is a gem of a B&B that also has a self-catering gite. It's run by cyclists near the Orb River, just 20km north of Beziers. Clos du Magnolia B&B and Gite41 Avenue Jean Jaures, 34490...

78. My French cycling holiday bespoke planning service

Need help arranging your cycling holiday in France? If you need help finding the right tour or itinerary for you, bike hire or luggage transfers, then this page is for you. I've been offering some bespoke...

79. Advice for vegetarians cycling in France

Cycling in France hasn’t always been easy for vegetarians – we have these tips to help make it a bit easier. Le Végétarien at 65 Rue du Faubourg Poissonnière, Paris. Photo: Tim Venchus If you know a great...

80. Most Popular Cycle Tourism Country: France wins EuroVelo Cycle Award

France has won the inaugural EuroVelo cycle award, with EuroVelo 15 (Rhine Cycle Route) also being recognised. Colmar in the Alsace region, crossed by Euro 15. Photo: European Cycle Foundation The first...

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