The Grand Traverse of the Massif Central (Paperback)

By Mountain Bike, Road Bike or On Foot

By Alan Castle

Cicerone Press Limited, 9781852845711, 192pp.

Publication Date: January 1, 2010

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The GTMC is a long-distance mountain biking trail that crosses the entire Massif Central in France, from Clermont-Ferrand in the north to Montpellier and the Mediterranean Coast at Sete. All of the major regions of the Massif Central are visited, including the Auvergne, the Cezallier plateau and the remote Margeride, the high forested hills of the Cevennes National Park and the limestone hills bordering the coastal plain. Much of the route is off-road and uses many Grandes Randonnees, so it also makes an excellent hiking route. Just over 700km in length, it offers a challenge to the mountain biker or hiker, as well as the pleasure of exploring one of southern France's most beautiful and historic regions. Title includes additional information for walkers and background information on places of interest, contact details and other useful information.

About the Author

Alan Castle has trekked and cycled in over 30 countries and five continents and for many years led organized walking holidays in Europe. He has written more than a dozen guidebooks for Cicerone, several on long-distance mountain routes in France and has been exploring the French Massif Central for over 20 years.