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2013 Trip to France

Links

Overnight Stops

  • Thu 23 May: Train to Gravesend
  • Fri 24 May: Depart Gravesend

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  • Sat 25 May: Arrive in Bayonne, explore and stay in Anglet
  • Sun 26 May: Ride from Anglet to St Jean Pied de Port
  • Mon 27 May: Ride from St Jean Pied de Port to Tardets-Souholus (night 1 of 2)
  • Tue 28 May: Explore the Karst Country and return to Tardets-Souholus (night 2 of 2)
  • Wed 29 May: Ride from Tardets-Souhous to Laruns
  • Thu 30 May: Ride from Laruns to Argeles-Gazost (night 1 of 2)
  • Fri 31 May: Explore and return to Argeles-Gazost (night 2 of 2)
  • Sat 1 June: Ride from Argeles-Gazost to Bagneres de Bigorre
  • Sun 2 June: Ride from Bagneres de Bigorre to Ore
  • Mon 3 June: Ore to Saint Girons (night 1 of 2)
  • Tue 4 June: Saint Girons (night 2 of 2)
  • Wed 5 June: Saint Girons to Foix (night 1 of 2)
  • Thu 6 June: Explore and return to Foix (night 2 of 2)
  • Fri 7 June: Foix to Castelnaudary
  • Sat 8 June: Castelnaudary to Toulouse
  • Sun 9 June: Explore Toulouse and catch Bus.

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  • Mon 10 June: Arrive Gravesend
  • Mon 10 June: Train to Exeter

Maps and Routes

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The table below shows some sample routes between overnight stops. On many days it will be possible to choose from a number of rides of varying difficulty.

Against each ride is shown its length (in kilometres) and total climb (in metres). Also shown is the Effective Distance which is the actual distance plus 5 km for each 100 m climbed. This can be used to gauge the relative difficulty of each ride.

Links against each ride allow you to access

  • a GPX file of the route (of interest to GPS users),
  • the route overlaid on a range of 'Openlayers' maps - which include the locations of key points, and
  • the route overlaid on Google maps from Bikehike - these include an altitude profile.

On the 'Openlayers' maps there is a '+' sign in the top right hand corner. Clicking on this allows you to switch between a range of different map backgrounds.

Significant points on each route are marked with a star.

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2013 Plan

Date Start Via End Dist
(km)
Climb
(m)
Effective
(km)
GPX Open
Layers
Bike
hike
Notes
All GPX OL BH -
Sat 25 Bayonne St Jean de Luz Anglet 72 1,024 123 GPX OL BH docx
Sun 26 Anglet St Jean Pied de Port GPX OL - docx
Sun 26 Anglet Cambo St Jean Pied de Port 70 1,725 156 GPX OL BH -
Sun 26 Anglet Hasparren St Jean Pied de Port 73 1,592 152 GPX OL BH -
Mon 27 St Jean Pied de Port Tardets-Souholus GPX OL - docx
Mon 27 St Jean Pied de Port Osquich Tardets-Souholus 54 1,187 113 GPX OL BH -
Mon 27 St Jean Pied de Port Bagagui Tardets-Souholus 61 1,824 152 GPX OL BH -
Tue 28 Tardets-Souholus Karst Country Tardets-Souholus 57 1,870 150 GPX OL BH docx
Wed 29 Tardets-Souholus Laruns GPX OL - docx
Wed 29 Tardets-Souholus Marie Blanque Laruns 64 1,484 138 GPX OL BH -
Wed 29 Tardets-Souholus Arudy Laruns 64 1,787 153 GPX OL BH -
Thu 30 Laruns Argeles-Gazost GPX OL - docx
Thu 30 Laruns Lourdes Argeles-Gazost 66 767 104 GPX OL BH -
Thu 30 Laruns Aubisque Argeles-Gazost 54 2,321 170 GPX OL BH -
Fri 31 Argeles-Gazost Argeles-Gazost GPX OL - docx
Fri 31 Argeles-Gazost Luz-Ardiden Argeles-Gazost 64 2,460 187 GPX OL BH -
Fri 31 Argeles-Gazost Gavarnie Argeles-Gazost 100 3,442 272 GPX OL BH -
Sat 1 Argeles-Gazost Bagneres de Bigorre GPX OL - docx
Sat 1 Argeles-Gazost Lourdes Bagneres de Bigorre 40 544 67 GPX OL BH -
Sat 1 Argeles-Gazost Tourmalet Bagneres de Bigorre 66 2,284 180 GPX OL BH -
Sun 2 Bagneres de Bigorre Ore GPX OL - docx
Sun 2 Bagneres de Bigorre Banios Ore 65 1,670 148 GPX OL BH -
Sun 2 Bagneres de Bigorre Aspin Ore 87 1,834 178 GPX OL BH -
Sun 2 Bagneres de Bigorre Aspin & Peyresourde Ore 94 2,569 222 GPX OL BH -
Mon 3 Ore Saint Girons GPX OL - docx
Mon 3 Ore Castelbiague Saint Girons 61 1,065 114 GPX OL BH -
Mon 3 Ore Aspet Saint Girons 61 1,964 159 GPX OL BH -
Tue 4 Saint Girons Oust Saint Girons 93 2,640 225 GPX OL BH docx
Wed 5 Saint Girons Foix 54 755 91 GPX OL BH docx
Thu 6 Foix Montsegur loop Foix 140 2,573 268 GPX OL BH docx
Fri 7 Foix Castelnaudary 66 781 105 GPX OL BH docx
Sat 8 Castelnaudary Toulouse 62 360 80 GPX OL BH docx
Sun 9 Toulouse Toulouse 10 100 15 GPX OL BH docx

2013 Actual

The plan allowed for a range of routes to be taken - this was just as well as many of the high passes were still covered in deep snow.

The following links show Kirby's route.

Date Start Via End Dist
(km)
Climb
(m)
Effective
(km)
GPX Open
Layers
Bike
hike
25 May to 9 June Bayonne Pyrenees Toulouse 785 8,847 1,227 GPX OL BH
Date Start Via End Dist (km) Climb (m) Effective (km)
Sat 25 Bayonne Biarritz Anglet 31 279 44
Sun 26 Anglet Bidaray St Jean Pied de Port 67 717 102
Mon 27 St Jean Pied de Port Col d'Osquich Tardets-Souholus 57 947 104
Tue 28 Tardets-Souholus Col d'Arangaiz Tardets-Souholus 28 769 66
Wed 29 Tardets-Souholus Arudy Laruns 62 816 102
Thu 30 Laruns Lourdes Argeles-Gazost 68 629 99
Fri 31 Argeles-Gazost Luz-St-Sauveur Argeles-Gazost 38 432 59
Sat 1 Argeles-Gazost Lourdes Bagneres de Bigorre 37 522 63
Sun 2 Bagneres de Bigorre Banios Ore 68 1,182 127
Mon 3 Ore Castelbiague Saint Girons 63 1,100 118
Tue 4 Saint Girons Saint Girons 65 602 95
Wed 5 Saint Girons Foix 60 564 88
Thu 6 Foix Foix 0 0 0
Fri 7 Foix Castelnaudary 68 499 92
Sat 8 Castelnaudary Toulouse 64 72 67
Sun 9 Toulouse Toulouse 11 20 12

2011 & 2012

For comparison the equivalent values for the Dordogne & Provence/Cevennes trips were ...

Date Start Via End Dist
(km)
Climb
(m)
Effective
(km)
Thu 5 Le Moulin de Lavon Boux Le Moulin de Lavon 50 788 89
Wed 11 Florac Le Rozier/Peyreleau 65 547 92
Sun 8 Malaucene Saint Martin d'Ardeche 72 444 94
Sat 14 St Anastasie Avignon 59 828 100
Thu 12 Peyreleau Mt Aigoual 48 1,291 112
Mon 2 Provence Cucuron 78 759 115
Fri 6 Le Moulin de Lavon Malaucene 65 1,041 117
Sat 7 Malaucene Ventoux Malaucene 42 1,515 117
Wed 4 Forcalquier Le Moulin de Lavon 74 888 118
Tue 10 Villefort Florac 71 1,179 129
Fri 13 Mt Aigoual St Anastasie 105 1,006 155
Tue 3 Cucuron Forcalquier 89 1,426 160
Mon 9 Saint Martin d'Ardeche Villefort 94 1,597 173
Date Start Via End Dist
(km)
Climb
(m)
Effective
(km)
Sat 10 Pech Merle Cahors 42 279 56
Tue 13 Beynac-et-Cazenac Vézac 39 419 60
Fri 9 Béduer Pech Merle 48 251 60
Thu 8 Saint-Cirq-Lapopie Béduer 59 515 85
Mon 5 Bergerac Cadouin 40 957 87
Tue 6 Cadouin Auniac 65 690 99
Mon 12 Rocamadour Beynac-et-Cazenac 78 474 101
Wed 14 Beynac-et-Cazenac Bergerac 81 516 106
Wed 7 Auniac Saint-Cirq-Lapopie 81 653 113
Sun 11 Cahors Rocamadour 65 1,030 116
Date Start Via End Dist
(km)
Climb
(m)
Effective
(km)

Accommodation

Printed version of hotel locations

  • Sat 25 May: Bayonne/Biarritz (1 night)
Auberge de Jeunesse
19, route des Vignes
64600
Anglet
web site
map
  • Sun 26 May: St Jean Pied de Port (1 night)
Gite Zazpiak Bat
13 bis Route Marechal Harispe
64220
St-Jean-Pied-de-Port
web site
map
  • Mon 27 May: Tardets-Souholus (night 1 of 2)
  • Tue 28 May: Tardets-Souholus (night 2 of 2)
Hotel Piellenia
Place Centrale
64470
Tardets Sorholus
web site
map
  • Wed 29 May: Laruns (1 night)
Casa Paulou (Chambre d'Hôtes et Gîte)
6 Rue du Bourg Neuf Claa
64440 
Laruns
web site
map
  • Thu 30 May: Argeles-Gazost (night 1 of 2)
  • Fri 31 May: Argeles-Gazost (night 2 of 2)
Hotel Beau Site
10 rue du Capitaine Digoy 
65400 
Argeles Gazost
web site
map
  • Sat 1 June: Bagneres de Bigorre (1 night)
Hotel de la paix
9 rue de la Republique 
65200
Bagnères-de-Bigorre
web site
map
  • Sun 2 June: Saint Bertrand de Comminges (1 night)
L'Oreiller D'Hadrien 
8, Rue du lac 31510 
Ore
web site
map
  • Mon 3 June: Saint Girons (night 1 of 2)
  • Tue 4 June: Saint Girons (night 2 of 2)
Hotel le Valier
29 Avenue d'Aulot
09200 
Saint Girons
web site
map
  • Wed 5 June: Foix (night 1 of 2)
  • Thu 6 June: Foix (night 2 of 2)
Hôtel Eychenne
11, rue Peyrevidal
09000 
Foix
web site
map
  • Fri 7 June: Castelnaudary (1 night)
Hotel Restaurant du Centre et du Lauragais
31, Cours de la République
11400
Castelnaudary
web site
map
  • Sat 8 June: Toulouse (or just outside?) (1 night)
Garden Hotel
81 Boulevard Gabriel Koenigs
31300 
Toulouse
web site
map