The Quick Guide to Cycling in Haut Languedoc France
Are you a cycling enthusiast? Imagine cycling along a 76 km former railroad track converted into a greenway that meanders past lovely villages such as Olargues providing ample opportunities for picnics beside cascading waterfalls and soaring mountains.
The Greenway of Haut-Languedoc also called the Voie Verte is located on the old Mazamet-Bédarieux railway line. It is about 76 kilometers long and it offers a protected area for cyclists and joggers. It is a mostly level path that you can pick up at either end in Mazamet or Bedarieux or at many of the villages along the way.
This greenway is dedicated to non-motorized travel: pedestrians, cyclists, and riders. However, it is not good for rollerblades or the thin tires of road bikes. In addition, electric wheelchairs for people with reduced mobility are welcome and a tolerance is given to electric-assisted bicycles (EVA).
Along the way you can see some interesting sites including:
Museum of Catharism in Mazamet - km 0
Castle of Sauveterre - km 17
Textile Museum in Labastide-Rouairoux - km 25
Speleology museum in Courniou-les-Grottes- km 33
Prehistoric Museum of Saint Pons de Thomières - km 39
Getting excited yet? Check out this video of some great sites you will see along the way.
Whew!! That's already a long way! Ready for a break? Maison des Rêves is conveniently located at the halfway point just off the path, and will be delighted to welcome you after a long day of cycling.
Now let's continue on with the sites:
Olargues - one of the most beautiful villages in France - km 55
Gorges d'Heric - km 59
Square tower in Colombières sur Orb - km 63
St Pierre de Rhedes, Romanesque priory - km 70
Tantajo Peak in Bédarieux - km 76
For most people a 76 km bike ride is a stretch goal. But how can you resist stopping along the way to enjoy the sights? Check out this next video of how much fun can be had.
For a complete guide visit the Parc Natural Regional du Haut-Languedoc site at: http://www.voiesvertes-hautlanguedoc.fr/
And download the Android app here: http://www.voieverte-passapais.pro/
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