The Midi Canal has long been a popular destination for boating enthusiasts—a meandering ribbon of peace and tranquillity that slices through southern France connecting Toulouse to the Mediterranean Sea. Sure, you could join the holiday crowds lining up to navigate their boat through the locks…or you could enjoy the views from the towpath and avoid all the hard work as you walk, or cycle, alongside the canal.
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If you’re looking for an experience quite different to the well-known pilgrims’ trails or a dodgy knee has you looking for something a little kinder on the legs, the walk from Toulouse to Carcassonne is an ideal choice. Shaded by oak and plane trees and bordered by fields of sunflowers, the canal is as beautiful a walk as you’ll find anywhere in France.
A few days in Toulouse before you start walking will be quickly filled with visits to museums and art galleries or day trips to Lourdes, Albi, Cordes-sur-Ciel or one of several nearby ‘most beautiful villages’. And five days of walking will be rounded off nicely with a visit to the medieval city of Carcassonne.
Toulouse and Carcassonne are both home to Michelin-starred restaurants, providing the perfect excuse to reward yourself for a walk well done!
Visit Toulouse, Castelnaudary and Carcassonne…
You’ll find everything you need to plan an itinerary, book accommodation and much more in an I Love Walking in France digital guidebook.
Some of the information is also available here on the website—
- What to expect on this walk
- Map of the path and its location in France
- My suggested itinerary, including tips for sightseeing and market days
- A list of all the towns and villages where you’ll find accommodation and the distances between them
- Practical tips for walking safely and considerately
Inside an I Love Walking in France digital guidebook, you’ll also find—
- A complete packing list covering all the essential items you’ll need to take and a few optional extras
- Useful French phrases to help you book a taxi, book a room, ask about breakfast, order dinner, buy a train ticket and understand directions
- Dozens of photos
Each village has a dedicated section covering—
- Population (because a village of 35 will not have an ATM not matter how badly you need one)
- Accommodation—what will you find, hotels, chambre d’hôtes, gîtes or campgrounds… including website links
- Available services—cafés, bakeries, grocery stores, doctors, pharmacies, banks and ATMs
- Train and bus services, including website links to check or download timetables
- Taxi phone numbers
- Tourist Office location and website
- Market days and other festivals
- A brief history of the village and details of museums, churches and other attractions
- Directions to and from the canal (if the village is not located on the canal)
Enjoy lunch or a cold drink as you watch the boats pass by…
I Love Walking in France digital guidebooks are provided in PDF format, allowing you easy access to all website links or, if you prefer a paper copy, print only those pages you want to carry.
Download the 2020 edition of the Midi Canal from Toulouse to Carcassonne now and start planning!
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING
For me, the holiday planning is an important part of the holiday and generally starts in the early winter of the year before the holiday. Now I realise that this approach doesn’t suit everyone and that there are plenty of people who would happily do away with most of the planning and just get on and enjoy the holiday. If you are one of these people, this is the book for you.
No messing around on the internet looking for train timetables, accommodation, routes, things to do or see, places to eat or places to drink; it has all been done for you, all you have to do is read the book and then get on and make your bookings, it even has a section of useful French phrases and sayings to help you with the booking process. I have to say that as I get older it becomes more and more tempting to follow this course.
Melinda Lusmore has gone to the trouble of taking a holiday on your behalf to make your holiday easy and successful; she has walked the walk and found all the useful things along the way to make your holiday more enjoyable, even to the extent of listing local taxi companies in case you get footsore. That’s what I call attention to detail.
Seriously though, if a walking holiday along a French canal appeals to you, and it does to me, this is the book to have downloaded on you smartphone. I know I would. Richard Winter (The Sixwheeler Chronicles)
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Revisions to the Midi Canal guidebook – 2020 edition
None so far