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Cycling the Canal Du Midi: Across Southern France from Toulouse to Syte: Across Southern France from Toulouse to Sète (Cicerone Guides) Paperback – 18 Feb 2009
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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 has cycled throughout France including regular trips from the Channel to the Mediterranean. Declan now lives next to the Canal du Midi, where he has spent the past decade exploring its history, culture and wildlife - accompanied by his wife, son and fellow bike enthusiasts.
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There are 7 appendices providing useful lists of accommodation along the route (ranging from camping, a range of hotels and floating barges), intermediate distances, language glossary, repair shops, tourist offices, market days and further reading.
We found all the information in the guide to be up to date and accurate although the stretch from Agde to Sete has now changed dramatically where the only cyclable route has been dug up, but there are signs that it is going to be replaced by a super smooth cycle track. A note to this effect has been inserted in the second edition but I think it may be a year or two before the new route is available.
For anyone taking an interest in the Canal du Midi, whether you are a cyclist or not, this guide will provide fascinating and informative reading and is well worth carrying in your bar bag.
My only complaint is petty and refers to the publisher. Cicerone guides have small pages, being designed to fit the pocket. However around 25-30% of each page is given over to blank margin so the print is forced to be quite small, not crumbly-friendly to those of us fighting the inevitable submission to spectacles!
The guide worked well for route planning with sufficient detail about the overall nature of the track, facilities in nearby towns, places of interest etc. It was fairly good for use en route, with details of when to cross to the other bank, warnings of particularly neglected patches etc, although these occasionally did not match the latest position. The accommodation list is not comprehensive, but a useful back up to online booking sites.
The maps are not at a great level of detail but are usable. The book interweaves the route on the canal and a number of excursions (which we did not try). These are differentiated by shading, but sometimes hard to pick out in a hurry. Appendices with cycling glossary in French and list of cycle shops were helpful.
We cycled west to east, which is the direction which the guide assumes. It would need more careful reading for the opposite direction, and the suggested diversion around Agde would be difficult to follow. (However this may no longer be needed.)
It was reassuring that Cicerone advise looking at their website for updates.Read more ›
Seems quite good so far with places of interest and accommodations. I'm sure it will help me a great deal.
I got the Kindle edition as my Galaxy pad is the same size as the book. Reads just fine.
The maps are worse than useless as they are tiny and unreadable. Whoever decided to produce these maps as they are needs retraining at publishing at the very least!!
I was not going to write a review as the book is what it is; a guide. But the useless maps annoyed me.
How can anyone think that they are "Fit for purpose"?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a fantastic book, well recommended for anyone thinking about cycling along the canal.Published 4 months ago by Jane Baxter
Purchased to follow the progress of members of my family who are making this trip. Very useful and good value.Published 10 months ago by Andrew J. Bell
Very useful for the visitor to the Canal because the author has picked out the things to see along the way, for example, we were pointed to the door leading to the beautiful... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Mr Joe Fleming
An excellent book, but (like the companion walking book through the Cathar Region) focussed too much on the serious cyclist. or walker. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Morphaniel
A very useful and informative guide to the canal, even, perhaps especially, for those taking a canal boat. Read morePublished 19 months ago by John Urquhart
This book gave me exactly the information I wanted - I am now looking forward to my trip cycling alongside the Canal du Midi with [...]Published 22 months ago by Cris