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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 cycling in the Grands Causses

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Three geologically 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 level below


Cycling Tarn Valley, Between Albi and Millau

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

Pictures of Tarn Valley.

Between Albi , the pink city - with a beautiful old brick-built centre, the Toulouse-Lautrec museum and a stonebrick 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.

Bike trips in Aveyron and Tarn department

Tarn Valley walking and cycling tours
Tarn valley halfway Albi and Millau

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 tours in Albi and bike upstream to the worlds highest viaduct .

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

Very Light and easy cycling tours in Tarn Valley     B00        
Light cycling tours in Tarn Valley         B01-plus        B01-sup         B35-sup
Moderate cycling tours in Tarn Valley    B03-plus         B08        B10        B01      
Walking the Tarn Valley Trail

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 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 and easy cycling tours in Pays de Roquefort:   B06
Light cycling tours in Pays de Roquefort:   B06        B01-plus       B01-sup
Moderate cycling tours in Pays de Roquefort:   B02         B03-plus           B01         B03        B11

Cycling Gorges and Causses, French canyons: Gorges du Tarn

Biking Gorges du Tarn, Larzac and Cevennes

More pictures of Gorges and 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 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, the Causse du Larzac, Causse Noir and the Causse Méjean. 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
Gorges du Tarn

Cycling tours from Millau to the Larzac and the Gorges du Tarn
Very Light cycling tours in Gorges and Causses:    B04 light-plus
Light cycling tours in Gorges and Causses:    B04-stnd-light     B01       B10        B06        B11
Moderate cycling tours in Gorges and Causses:   B04-stnd-mod     B10            B11           B12

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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.

Here le "Midi" (South of France) begins: A nice climate, : 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 and 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" 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.

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Very light
Cycling Holiday

Max 40 km almost flat
Cycling Tours in France

80-100 km Challenging