Project Description

Route length: 55km

Difficulty: easy

Surface: tow path, not suitable for road bikes

Route description

The canal, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, provides a relatively flat cycling route through a number of attractions in the region including the 240m arched Orb aqueduct and the Romanesque Cathedrale St Nazaire. This calm restful waterway with it’s 91 locks guides you on an historical journey. With 100,000 trees to mark the way the Canal du Midi was originally designed to link the Mediterranean and the Atlantic.

Our suggested route is approximately 55km in length starting in Sete and ending in Beziers. You will pass through the heart of wine growing country. Bèziers is also the home town of Pierre Paul Riquet, engineer and builder of the Canal du Midi.With generally flat or slightly undulating terrain it is perfect for family cycling. The canal path is an ancient towpath and so is better suited to mountain or hybrid cycles than road bikes.