July 8, 2022
A relaxed weekend of easy cycling for vegans in our idyllic corner of south-west France
Summer here in southwest France is glorious. The weather is superb, all our favourite vegan friendly restaurants are open and the river is lovely for swimming. This easy vegan cycling weekend is designed to make the most of this fantastic time of year without the stress of finding good things to eat!
Each day we’ll show you one of our favourite local routes which we think are some of the best you’ll find anywhere. The scenery is varied and beautiful, the medieval villages sleepy and perfectly preserved and the roads very quiet even in summer. We’ll make sure that everything you eat is easy, vegan and delicious.
St Antonin is a wonderful place to unwind after a bike ride. You can explore the labyrinth of narrow medieval streets, hang out in the main square people watching, or swim in the river or the town’s open air pool. We can recommend vegan-friendly eateries of you can self-cater in our guest kitchen.
Arrival and settling in. If you’re here early enough I can lend you a GPS which will guide you around one of my favourite short rides. Evening meal cooked by Natalie and eaten, weather permitting, in our medieval courtyard.
We’ll head out of town up the idyllic Bonnette Valley which is reputed to have more water mills than anywhere in France. We’ll climb gently up past waterfalls and pigeonniers to the hilltop village of Parisot where we’ll stop for coffee. We’ll descend the pastoral Seye valley to rejoin the Aveyron valley at the traditional French town of Laguépie where we’ll have lunch. In the afternoon we’ll make our way down the Aveyron valley back to St Antonin passing plenty of swimming spots along the way!
No visit to this area is complete without riding down the Aveyron gorge from town so we’ll start by showing you the spectacular Route de la Corniche as it follows the vertical walls of the most impressive part of the gorge. We’ll descend the rest of the gorge past cliff-top chateaux before having lunch in a café in a beautifully preserved medieval village. The return route is through the Gaillac vineyards before descending down the gorge wall back into St Antonin.
The end of the weekend, but you can extend your stay if we have rooms available.
If you’d love to ride with us, but the dates don’t suit, get in touch. If you’re a group of at least 6 we can run this easy vegan cycling holiday at a time to suit you if we have availability in our accommodation. If you’re a smaller group, we can always do self-guided breaks, and out of season might consider running a guided trip for smaller numbers.
If the riding in this programme is too hard or too easy for you, we’ll consider changing it if there are at least 6 of you, or we could run a bespoke trip another time.
Is €400 per person based on 2 sharing a double or twin room. One of our rooms, Capucine is a 2 room suite which sleeps 4 which means a lower price per person if you take that option.
You can book your place below – first you book the room and one person, then in the extra services area you can add additional people at a much lower price. For 2 people sharing a room that works out at €400 each.