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Preparing your journey

Follow the advice below to prepare your cycling outing or cycling holiday on the Canal des 2 Mers à Vélo cycle route.

Before setting out on a cycling outing

Detailed maps and descriptions of the cycle route

prepare your cycling outings along the canal des 2 mers by bike

Our website gives you all the information you need to prepare your cycling outings along the route.

In order to provide you with this information in digestible form, we have divided the route into five sections and 32 stages. This means you can easily find specific information at local level.

On each section page you will find:

An interactive map indicating the precise route and the types of tracks along the section (i.e. greenways, stretches shared with motorized traffic, provisional portions, links and so on) as well as information on specialist services on or near the route (bicycle-hire companies, stations, accommodation, tourist offices, etc).

On each stage page you will find details on:

- the level of difficulty involved

- an interactive map indicating the types of tracks along the stage and the specialist services available on or near the stage  

- the variation in altitude along the stage

- a technical description of the stage

- practical information

- internet comments from cyclists who have tried out the stage
 

You can also download the route tracks in GPX. format and print out the route and detailed descriptions.

Finding a service along the route

rent a bike in Toulouse (France)

Our website allows you to locate specialist services on or near the route.

Using our interactive maps of the various sections and stages, it’s easy to locate:

  • accommodation
  • bicycle-hire and bicycle-repair companies
  • tourist offices
  • train stations to help you get around
  • tourist sites to visit
  • danger spots and places at which to take special care along the route

Services awarded the Accueil Vélo quality mark (including accommodation, bicycle-hire and bicycle-repair companies, tourist offices and places to visit), signalling that they offer specially adapted facilities for cyclists. They are highlighted on our maps with a green pictogram.

You can also use the search engine to find a service.

Getting around by train

acces des vélos dans les trains sncf - gare d'agen

There are many train stations close to the cycle route that can enable you to tailor a stage by shortening it or by allowing you to return to your initial point of departure if you need.

To locate the train stations along the cycle route, see the interactive maps of the sections and stages.

On regional TER trains, it is easy to transport your bike. On other types of train, there may be certain conditions for taking your bike on board which you need to bear in mind.

 

Finding your way along the cycle route

Signposting along the route

signposting of the canal des 2 mers à vélo

Specific signposting has been put in place in both directions along the route. Panels are also dotted along the route; some give details on specific distances.

Note that in the départements (French counties) of Aude and Hérault, the Canal du Midi UNESCO World Heritage Site listing means that there are restrictions on how the cycle route can be developed. For the moment, signposting in these counties is not continuous.

Specific signposting is being put up along the route:

 

 

Maps and topoguides, or specific guides

maps and cycling topoguides

You can purchase specific topoguides covering the Canal de Garonne and the Canal du Midi separately, although for the moment there is no single topoguide available covering the entire route along both canals.

Going via our website’s stage pages, you can print out the various stage maps. 

 

You can also create your own scrapbook on the website to save information that interests you online, for example stages and accommodation.

 

GPS tracks

If you have a GPS device, you can download the tracks in GPX. format, either for certain stages, or for the whole route.