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2013 Trip to France - Second Wave

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Overnight Stops

  • Thu 29 August: Train to Gravesend
  • Fri 30 August: Depart Gravesend
  • Sat 31 August: Arrive in Bayonne, explore and ride to La Bastide-Clairence
  • Sun 1 September: Ride from La Bastide-Clairence to Salies de Bearn
  • Mon 2 September: Ride from Salies de Bearn to Pau
  • Tue 3 September: Ride from Pau to Argeles-Gazost
  • Wed 4 September: Ride from Argeles-Gazost to Bagneres de Bigorre
  • Thu 5 September: Ride from Bagneres de Bigorre to Ore
  • Fri 6 September: Ride from Ore to Saint Girons (night 1 of 2)
  • Sat 7 September: Explore and return to Saint Girons (night 2 of 2)
  • Sun 8 September: Ride from Saint Girons to Foix
  • Mon 9 September: Ride from Foix to Mirapoix
  • Tue 10 September: Ride from Mirapoix to Carcassone (night 1 of 2)
  • Wed 11 September: Explore and return to Carcassone (night 2 of 2)
  • Thu 12 September: Ride from Carcassone to Narbonne (night 1 of 3)
  • Fri 13 September: Explore and return to Narbonne (night 2 of 3)
  • Sat 14 September: Explore and return to Narbonne (night 3 of 3)
  • Sun 15 September: Catch Bus (09.30)
  • Mon 16 September: Arrive Gravesend
  • Mon 16 September: Train to Exeter

Accommodation

Summary of accommodation

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 Dist (km) GPX Website Notes
Sat 31 Aug Bayonne Urt La Bastide- Clairence 36 465 59 RWG docx
Sat 31 Aug Bayonne Biarritz La Bastide- Clairence 66 1270 130 RWG
Sun 1 Sep La Bastide- Clairence Bardos Salies de Bearn 40 692 75 RWG
Sun 1 Sep La Bastide- Clairence Arraute-Charrite Salies de Bearn 38 760 76 RWG
Mon 2 Sep Salies de Bearn Ledeauix Pau 75 1238 137 RWG
Mon 2 Sep Salies de Bearn Tardets Pau 113 1688 197 RWG
Tue 3 Sep Pau Lourdes Argeles Gazost 58 775 97 RWG docx
Tue 3 Sep Pau Soulor Argeles Gazost 72 2120 178 RWG
Tue 3 Sep Pau Laruns Argeles Gazost 87 3010 238 RWG
Wed 4 Sep Argeles Gazost Lourdes Bagneres-de-Bigorre 40 544 67 GPX BH docx
Wed 4 Sep Argeles Gazost Tourmalet Bagneres-de-Bigorre 66 2284 180 GPX BH
Wed 4 Sep Argeles Gazost Tourmalet Bagneres-de-Bigorre 66 2461 189 RWG
Thu 5 Sep Bagneres-de-Bigorre Banios Ore 65 1670 149 BH docx
Thu 5 Sep Bagneres-de-Bigorre Aspin Ore 87 1834 179 BH
Thu 5 Sep Bagneres-de-Bigorre Aspin+ Peyresourde Ore 94 2569 222 BH
Thu 5 Sep Bagneres-de-Bigorre Col de Aspin Ore 92 2103 197 RWG
Fri 6 Sep Ore Castelbiague St Girons 61 1065 114 BH docx
Fri 6 Sep Ore Aspet St Girons 61 1964 159
Fri 6 Sep Ore St Lary St Girons 59 1862 152 RWG
Sat 7 Sep St Girons Oust St Girons 93 2640 225 docx
Sun 8 Sep St Girons Foix 54 755 92 docx
Sun 8 Sep St Girons Tarascon Foix 75 2410 196 RWG
Mon 9 Sep Foix Chalabre Mirapoix 76 1060 129 RWG
Mon 9 Sep Foix Chalabre Mirapoix 70 790 110 RWG
Tue 10 Sep Mirapoix Limoux Carcassone 53 864 96 RWG
Tue 10 Sep Mirapoix Cycle path Carcassone 57 707 92 RWG
Wed 11 Sep Carcassone Carcassone
Thu 12 Sep Carcassone Narbonne
Fri 13 Sep Narbonne Narbonne
Sat 14 Sep Narbonne Narbonne

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)