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Cycling and walking holidays in Aveyron, Parc des Grands Causses

 

            

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Albi and Tarn Valley up to Millau

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Millau and Albi


"le Midi" in South-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. 

In this part of  (Southern France, 'le midi' ) genuine countryside and 'La France profonde' still exist. 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 "Gorges des Raspes" and is attractive for those who like quiet, simplicity 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, mountain-biking, (fly-)fishing, but above all a region for those who seek nature, piece, quiet and vistas of mountains, 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.


Three geographically distinct landscapes to enjoy in the Parc des Grands Causses

More info on Parc des Grands Causses in www.tourisme-aveyron.com

Find here some pictures with views on Sud-Aveyron.


Tarn Valley, Between Albi and Millau

More pictures of Tarn Valley.


From Albi, pink city - with its beautiful old brick-built centre, the Toulouse-Lautrec museum and its Cathedral - to Millau, in the center of Parc des Grands Causses, you will be walking or biking in Tarn river valley. Down in the valley between two hilly plateaux rising up to 700m altitude the river flows swiftly to the West through a beautiful valley and by the Raspes du Tarn. You'll see and visit old castles in Brousse-le-Chateau, Coupiac, St.Izaire and  pitoresque villages like Ambialet and St.Rome de Tarn to arrive at the viaduct of Millau.

Millau, the Pont le Rouge and the viaduct

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

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

Tarn Valley walking and cycling tours

Walking holiday in Tarn Valley

Very Light cycling tours in Tarn Valley  B00- B05- B08
Light cycling tours in Tarn Valley  B05- B08- B01- B01sup - B035sup
Moderate cycling tours in Tarn Valley  B05- B08- B10- B01- B13

Pays de Roquefort.

More pictures on Pays de Roquefort in South of Aveyron.

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.

Pays de Roquefort, walking and cycling tours

Cycling or walking in Pays de Roquefort you will cross the Causse du Larzac and some Medieval Templars garrisons from where crusades set out in 10th-13th centuries. In the Redlands of Camarès you will visit the Cistercienzer Abbaye de Sylvanès. St.Affrique, a small Southern town, is the starting place of many walks in this walking area.



Light walking holiday in Roquefort and Sud-Aveyron Moderate or Challenging cycling holiday in Roquefort and Sud-Aveyron
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

 


Gorges and Causses, French canyons, Gorges du Tarn

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

East 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 ofthe 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.

Walking tours in 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 - B20
Walking on Causses and Gorges in France
Tarn valley, Pays de Roquefort and the Canyons of the Gorges and Causses are part of the Parc Naturel des Grands Causses.
Millau lies in the centre of this nature park and is the centre of activity holidays in France.

East of this nature park you'll find the Cevennes mountains.   



 

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

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