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Cycling in France for a Healthy, Scenic Holiday

Hilltop villages on the Lot Cycling Tour

The benefits of cycling

France has always been a popular holiday destination for people, and with such diverse scenery, it’s no surprise. From the glamour of the Riviera, the tranquil countryside of the Lot Valley, to the numerous French ski offers in the Alps and Pyrenees, France has a lot for the holidaymaker to see and do. Renowned for its fine food and high culture, France is the perfect location for a relaxing break, and there is no better way of touring the country than on a French cycling holiday.

Cycling holidays in France are a sedate, relaxing and healthy way of seeing the French countryside. A French cycling holiday is a great way of enjoying all the pleasures that France can offer, whilst also keeping fit and active. France is a big country, and no matter where you choose to stay, to make the most of your holiday you will need some form of transport to get around. While you could always hire a car or take advantage of the excellent French rail network, there is no better way of exploring France than by bicycle.

Health Benefits of Cycling

Cycling is a fantastic form of exercise, and yet unlike jogging or spending time in the gym it is also relaxing and suitable for almost anyone. From toddlers and their parents, to the elderly and disabled, nearly anybody can take part in a French cycling holiday. Studies have shown that cycling strengthens the immune system, improves circulation, strengthens bones and gives your entire body a gentle workout as cycling exercises nearly all your muscles, not just the legs that are pedalling, but also the arms, abdomen and back.

Cycling is also incredibly relaxing due to the rhythmic and cyclic movement. Unlike cycling in a city where you have to worry about traffic, a French cycling holiday in a dpartement such as the Lot Valley is far more sedate, allowing you to enjoy the countryside and not worry about a bus or articulated lorry from knocking you off your saddle. Cycling is a popular pastime in France and you’ll be surprised at just how friendly other cyclists are, as they wave “Bonjour” when you pass by.

When most people go on holiday, weight gain is often a consequence, however, with a French cycling holiday, you may actually return home lighter and feeling fitter. Because cycling helps burns off calories, it enables you to take advantage of all that fine food that is so readily available throughout France, without worrying about your waistline.
A cycling holiday in France, in particular, is a great way of keeping healthy, especially if you choose a tranquil and peaceful location such as the Lot Valley, because you are not only getting all the benefits of exercise, but also taking in all that fresh air, which is free from traffic pollution.

Exploring the Scenery

Cycling holidays in France provide an unparalleled way of exploring the beauty of the French countryside. Cycling in France is a lot safer and more relaxed than in other countries. The French have a lot of respect for cyclists. You’ll find drivers more patient and friendly and there are miles and miles of dedicated cycling tracks.
One of the best locations for a French cycling holiday is the Lot Valley, which is as quiet and tranquil as it is beautiful and scenic. An unspoilt area of France, the Lot Valley is one of the largest and least populated areas of France, with beautiful vistas and traffic free roads that are a pleasure to cycle down. Gathered around the River Lot, the dpartements of Lozre, Cantal, Aveyron, Lot and Lot-et-Garonne are some of the most beautiful areas of France. And you don’t need to be a budding Tour de France rider to enjoy the Lot Valley by bike, either.
The cycling is fairly sedate with plenty of long, quiet roads and gentle hills that provide great panoramic views as a reward for the uphill climb.
With plenty of locations to stop off and enjoy traditional cuisine, a glass of French wine or buy homemade cheeses and hams.

The Lot Valley (See our tour) is the perfect place for picnics and enjoying the open air. Tucked away between the Dordogne and the Riviera, the Lot is one of the quietest areas of France. An area of outstanding natural beauty, with dramatic gorges, rolling hills and ancient medieval villages, the Lot Valley provides everything you want from a French cycling holiday, and more.


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