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Millau Grands Causses

Tarn Valley from Albi to Millau

8 to 14 days  light cyclingtour in this Southern part of the Massif Central.

8 to 14 days moderate and challenging cyclingin the Grands Causses

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Three geographically distinct landscapes to enjoy in the Parc des Grands Causses: some links to see some of the area:

Very light, light and Moderate tours; see below


Cycling Tarn Valley, Between Albi and Millau

Millau, the Pont le Rouge and the viaduct
Pont Lerouge and Viaduc de Millau

More pictures of Tarn Valley.

Between Albi, the pink city - with its beautiful old brick-built centre, the Toulouse-Lautrec museum and its Cathedral - and Millau, in the center of Parc des Grands Causses, you will be walking or biking alongside the Tarn river in a steep sided valley. Down in the valley between two hilly plateaux which rise up to 700m height, you'll get the feeling of being up in the mountains. The river flows swiftly to the West through the valley, also called "La Vallée de l'Amitiée", a very friendly place in which to stay and hike and a bit more to the East the Raspes du Tarn. You'll see and visit old castles in Brousse-le-Chateau, Coupiac, St.Izaire and picturesque villages like Ambialet and St.Rome de Tarn. For centuries life and local trade has centered around these places.

Tarn Valley walking and cycling tours

From Millau, a pleasant small Mediterranean alike city, also the gateway to the better known canyons of the Gorges du Tarn and a centre for activity holidays, you'll start the Tarn Valley walk under the worlds highest viaduct from where you will be heading further downstream.

From the second half of june the chirring sound of cicades will go all along with you as if in Provence.

Very Light cycling tours in Tarn Valley B00- B05- B08
Light cycling tours in Tarn Valley B05- B08- B01- B01sup - B35sup
Moderate cycling tours in Tarn Valley B05- B08- B10- B01- B13
Challenging  Cycling Tours 80-100km B03  -   B12B02S  -  B11  -  B04  -  B27

Cycling Pays de Roquefort.

More pictures on Pays de Roquefort.

South of the Tarn river, water acting on the limestone plateaux created caves, subterranean rivers, gushing springs. The most famous of the caves is now still used for the ripening of sheep cheese: Roquefort, king of cheeses, cheese of kings.

St.Jean d'Alcas

Pays de Roquefort also includes the Causse du Larzac with its restored Medieval Templars garrisons from where crusades set out in 10th-13th centuries, and the Redlands of Camarès with its Cistercienzer Abbaye de Sylvanès. St.Affrique, a small Southern town, is the starting place of many walks in this walking area. The landscape exudes peace and unspoiled natural beauty. Shepherds will be your only company during hours of walking.

Very Light cycling tours in Pays de Roquefort: B05
Light cycling tours in Pays de Roquefort: B05- B08- B01- B01sup - B06c
Moderate cycling tours in Pays de Roquefort: B02- B10- B01- B13- B03 - B11 - B08Moderate

Cycling Gorges and Causses, French canyons

Biking Gorges du Tarn and Cevennes

More pictures of Gorges and Causses.Walking or cycling the Canyons of the Grands Causses

E ast of Millau the Tarn river and its tributaries carved out 4 canyon like Gorges: Gorges de la Dourbie, Gorges de la Jonte, Gorges du Trèvezel and the most famous of all the Gorges du Tarn. These Gorges are at the heart of the most spectacular walking and cycling area of the Grands Causses Natural Parc. Steep crags of 400m and the typical scenery of limestone plateaux dissected by rivers.You'll see the Grotte Rose of Dargilan, the unusual scenery of the Causses (Le Chaos de Montpellier le Vieux and Roques Altes). Your walk begins and ends in Millau or at Château de Creissels.

cycling in Gorges in France
Cycling tours from Millau to the Gorges du Tarn
Very Light cycling tours in Gorges and Causses: B04 light- B06d
Light cycling tours in Gorges and Causses: B04 light- B01- B10- B06c- B11
Moderate cycling tours in Gorges and Causses: B04- B10- B13- B03 - B11 - B12

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Rodez: Musée Soulages and the Cathedral Notre Dame de Rodez.
Capital of Aveyron department

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Dans le "Midi" du Sud-Aveyron

Far away from all the hustle and bustle, at 700km South of Paris, the Tarn river flows from the Cevennes through the departments Lozère, Aveyron and Tarn and the Grands Causses area.

A district with an extraordinary diversity of landscapes, that you will get to know when hiking and cycling through this far South part of the Massif Central: mountains, limestone plateaus (Causses), lush green valleys, roaring rivers (Tarn, Jonte, Dourbie, Lot, Aveyron, Dourdou). Lots of small villages here instead of large urban areas with dense population. No fast food here, but the French cuisine, honest food in small family run hotels where you will get a warm welcome.

La Ligne Verte has settled in a small village in the Valley of the Tarn, 60 km from Millau and Albi, called Broquiès. This part of the course of the Tarn is called the "Raspes" and is attractivefor those who like quiet and unspoiled nature. It lies in the Parc Régional des Grands Causses in South-Aveyron.

Aveyron is also a rich source of (ancient) culture: the district of Templars, medieval cloisters and places of pilgrimage. And... apart from the cyclists and hikers, a renowned district for bird-watching in the valleys and plateaus, called Causses.

Albi is a nice start for accessing the Grands Causses nature park.
By the lovely Tarn valley you will reach Millau in 2, 3 or 4 days cycling, 7 or 8 days walking.

More Hotel based, selfguided cycling tours in South of France:cycling holidays in South of France Auvergne-Aubrac / Cathar Albi-Bastides Cycling in Tarnvalley, Millau and the Grands Causses Dordogne Valley and Lot Causse du Quercy Cycling in Provence Cycling on Corsica

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