Aniane to the Cirque de Navacelles

Distance: 49.5 km.      Difficulty: Challenging     Type: Quiet, paved roads.     Starting Point: Aniane

Description: A mixed route, with about 700 m of ascent at an average of 6% grade climbing to the Col du Vent, flat sections across the Causse du Larzac to the top of the Cirque de Navacelles and ending with a spectacular descent (marked at 12% grade) into the Cirque. The riding is rural, beautiful and includes a side trip to St. Guilhem-le-Désert, a UNESCO world heritage site. The ride finishes in Navacelles, at the bottom of the cirque, and so must be followed by an equal ascent. Spending the night in Navacelles might be a good idea.

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Directions:From Aniane, follow the D27 west to the D4 north to St. Guilhem-le-Désert, then retrace the D4 to the intersection of D27 and D141.  Follow the D141 north to Montpeyroux. From here head north on the D9 to Arboras and then to la Vacquerie-et-St. Martin-de-Castries. Go right onto the D152 to the D25, then right to St. Maurice-Navacelles. Left on the D130 to Cirque de Navacelles.

Route graciously added by Susan Minnich.

This ride can be linked up with the following to make a multi-day route:

Cycling the Camino de Santiago in Languedoc
Ganges to St. GuilhemleDésert
Sommières to St. GuilhemleDésert
Navacelles to Cantobre

If you’d like an independent adventure with a little more organization, check out our self-guided tours.