Picturesque riverside cycle paths, winding country lanes and miles of open countryside and farmland are just a few of the reasons why keen cyclists choose to rent cottages in South France for their holidays. Exploring the beautiful Lot Valley region on two wheels is the perfect way to combine sightseeing with gentle exercise.
If you want to enjoy a cycling holiday in this unspoilt region, Kingfisher have a wide range of holiday rental properties in south France, including cottages, gites, farmhouses and châteaux in off-the-beaten track locations. Staying at one of these properties will give you the perfect starting point to explore your surroundings and to discover some of the ancient towns and villages, vineyards, winding rivers, forests and stunning countryside near you.
When taking a cycling holiday in France, you don’t have to go in the height of summer, as a break of this kind will be more enjoyable when the temperatures are slightly lower – so you can go in the spring or autumn months and take advantage of the off-peak prices.
During a stay with Kingfisher, you will find that their properties offer the chance to relax in style, with all the facilities you need including swimming pools, private gardens and terraces. Some of them also have games rooms, saunas and tennis and badminton courts, and they are all set in beautiful areas, with many boasting stunning views.
Staying in cottages in South France offers the chance to get away from the rat race and enjoy quality time with your loved ones. And there is no need to be a super-fast cyclist, since you can travel at your own pace and go wherever the spirit takes you.
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The Benefits of Exploring the Lot Valley on Two Wheels
Whether you prefer to enjoy a leisurely cycle ride or you are planning on doing some more intensive exercise during your holiday, there are dozens of cycle routes available in the Lot Valley. There are cycle routes available to download from the internet, or you can pop into your local tourist information centre to find a route near you.
A route close to your home-from-home might be what you are looking for, or perhaps you fancy a trickier path taking in some of the local tourist attractions. Some of Kingfisher’s properties have bicycles for you to use on-site but, if they are not at your particular property, we can also provide them through two hire firms and deliver them to your cottage.
You could choose to go off-road mountain biking, follow a flat route around a river or canal or even follow the route taken by Tour de France cyclists on one of their many visits to the area. One of the most popular routes is the Lot Valley véloroute, a circuit which runs beside the River Lot for 53 miles, along marked cycle paths, from the Lot’s meeting point with another river, the Garonne, through to the Château de Bonaguil, a fortified castle.
This route will also take you through beautiful orchards and countryside and past the town of Villeneuve-sur-Lot, which dates back to the 13th century. Another attractive route, in Allez-et-Cazeneuve, gives you the chance to ride around the Caves of Lastournelles and Baniérettes lake.
There are many benefits to a cycling holiday in south France:
1. Everyone can do it – You don’t need to be a budding Tour de France star, as you can go at your own pace. Even youngsters can enjoy a holiday on two wheels, while this type of break can also appeal to older travellers wanting to keep fit.
2. You see the all beauty of France – The Lot Valley is full of stunning scenery which you might go through too fast if travelling by car, but, on a bike ride, you can take your time and really appreciate the landscape, as well as finding all kinds of little-known places where you can stop off.
3. You combine your holiday with exercise – Often we all get back from a holiday and feel guilty about all the wonderful food and wine we have enjoyed and the extra pounds piled on as a result. However, a cycling holiday will ensure you stay fit while having a great time.
4. It’s relaxing and you go at your own pace – This is a tour where you guide yourself, deciding just how far and how fast you want to go.
5. Builds those leg muscles – Even if you choose to cycle at a leisurely pace, spending your holiday on two wheels will boost fitness and, if you add some of the other sporting activities available at a Kingfisher cottage, such as swimming, you’ll be even fitter.
Top tips for a cycling holiday
Although south France is famous for its glorious sunshine, it’s still a good idea to make sure you at least have a thin portable mac with you in case it rains and wear the right clothing for the conditions, as well as making sure your skirt or coat doesn’t get caught up in the wheels. Also, take something reflective with you to wear after dark or in poor visibility, as this is compulsory under French law.
A bike helmet is a must for safety, but it’s a good idea to bring your own with you from the UK, as helmets are not always worn widely in France and not all cycle hire shops will be able to provide you with one.
Make sure you take a bottle of water with you to avoid any danger of dehydration and also make sure that you have a bike lock and secure your bike when you leave it.
To set off on your bike and discover the beautiful Lot Valley, the first step is to get in touch with Kingfisher and discover their great selection of cottages in south France.
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