A Cycle Ride or a Walk and/or a Lunch in the Entre-Deux-Mers: Friday 19th January 2018


Dust off your Velo and Walking Shoes ! – Friday 19th January
Cyclists and Walkers

Enjoy some leisurely cycling or walking and explore a very different area of our region (not a vineyard in sight!) or come for a walk or just come for lunch !  A gentle cycle ride on tarmac and in two separate 10km stages starting on the rive droite of the Garonne opposite Ile d’Arcins. Before we start, we will fortify ourselves with croisantes, coffee and wine and also take a freshment stop on the way !

We cycle alongside the Garonne and then inland into the Entre deux Mers to Latresne to join the Piste Cyclable Roger Lapébie which was originally a railway line,

The cycle way is smooth and runs through delightful wooded countryside and farm land with many opportunities to stop.

At the same time as the cyclists are enjoying the countryside and refreshment stops there will be a separate walking group.


Lunch

A leisurely lunch at Bistrot de la Pimpine which is an old railway station in Lignan de Bordeaux, now converted to a simple bar/restaurant.

Some cyclists suitably fortified after lunch may wish to have the full experience and cycle the complete path to Lacanau but this is not compulsory !

Walkers suitably fortified can struggle the few steps back to their cars !

Lunch is a good value ‘honest’ menu de jour for 15:00€ including wine

This is a repeat of a previous event where we had some who just came for lunch and contributed to a great atmosphere.

Some cyclists suitably fortified after lunch may wish to have the full experience and cycle the complete cycle path to Lacanau but this is not compulsory !  Walkers suitably fortified can struggle the few steps back to their cars !

No need to dress up, lycra permitted and totally optional!


Booking

To register for cycling and lunch, or just lunch only, please contact Ian or book online (Ian says that he will definitely be cycling and enjoying lunch irrespective of the weather and does not want to feel lonely!)

If you need more information etc please contact Ian whose contact details are here

When using the on-line booking form, please note the following:

  • Do not forget to press ‘Submit’
  • If you do not receive a confirmation from the organiser within 48 hours then your booking has not been recorded and we ask you to contact the organiser direct for your booking confirmation.



Cycle Tour: Circuit of Arcachon - Wednesday 22nd March at 10:45


The Route

The tour will start at the newly opened Salt Marsh Reserve close to La Teste Port and we shall cycle across the Reserve to Aiguillon and the Arcachon Ports.

Then on a new boardwalk along the main beach, past the town centre and jetties, then rounding the ‘corner’ to Pereire beach.

We shall then head south through a lovely beach side park to le Moulleau. We shall then head inland, slightly uphill on cycle tracks alongside lovely residential roads, and then downhill through a large park, crossing the main road and returning to the Salt Marsh.

The circuit is about 12km, on cycle tracks and mainly flat !


Lunch and Refreshments

We shall stop for lunch/refreshments en route.


Meeting Time

We meet in the Salt Marsh car park at 10.45.

Note that lycra is not prohibited but if you indulge then you are most likely to be very much on your own !


Booking

Please either register direct with Phil whose contact details are in the Membership Directory here or alternatively please book online below

When using the online booking form, please note the following:

  • Do not forget to press ‘Submit’
  • If you do not receive a confirmation from the organiser within 48 hours then your booking has not been recorded and we ask you to contact the organiser direct for your booking confirmation


Directions

Even with GPS, driving in le Teste town is a disaster!

I recommend you follow directions to Arcachon via A63 from Bordeaux, then A66, which becomes N250 (the Voie Rapide).

Continue past le Teste, and look for a distinctive roundabout (the sixth!) which has a tall triangular section metal ‘spike’ sculpture in the middle.

Turn right signed to Aiguillon and le Teste Port, you will shortly cross the railway line and reach your final roundabout where you turn right to the Port.

Continue along Avenue du General Leclerc, passing the salt marsh, and you will see a new large car park, our meeting place, on your left, before the traffic lights.



Cycle Ride and/or Lunch in the Entre Deux Mers: Wednesday, 27th April


cyclelignanEnjoy some leisurely cycling and explore a very different area of our region (not a vineyard in sight!) or just come for lunch.

A gentle cycle ride on tarmac and in two separate 10km stages starting on the Rive Droite opposite Ile d’Arcins. We cycle alongside the Garonne and then inland into the Entre deux Mers to Latresne to join the old railway line (now Piste Cyclable Roger Lapébie)

The cycleway runs through countryside with many opportunities to stop.


Lunch

We will arrive for a leisurely lunch at the old railway station in Lignan de Bordeaux, now a simple bar/restaurant, before making the return trip. Those suitably fortified after lunch may wish to have the full experience and cycle the full distance to Lacanau but this is not compulsory!

Lunch is a good value ‘honest’ menu de jour for 13.50€ including wine. ( Main course option for cheval ! )

This is a repeat of a previous event where we had many who just came for lunch and contributed to a great atmosphere. No need to dress up and lycra is totally optional!


Booking

To register for cycling and lunch, or just lunch only, please contact Ian or book online. (Ian says that he will definitely be cycling and enjoying lunch irrespective of the weather and does not want to feel lonely!)

When using the on-line booking form, please note the following:

  • Do not forget to press ‘Submit’
  • If you do not receive a confirmation from the organiser within 48 hours then your booking has not been recorded and we ask you to contact the organiser direct for your booking confirmation.


 

Family Day - Lacanau to le Moutchic: Wednesday 19th August 2015


Great fun family day, cycling, picnic, beach, swimming ………

bike1This was a great family event with 22 of us including 2 sets of grandparents, 3 sets of parents and 5 children, varying in age from 8 to 5.

The day was not as hot as of late so pleasant for cycling. We started promptly despite the odd hiccoughs like punctures, tantrums and losing the way!!! An advance party raced ahead and got to Le Moutchic in good time, the second group arrived safely and some stragglers missed the turn down to Le Moutchic off the main Lacanau Ocean cycle track. Much banter ensued about not sufficient briefing!!

Ultimately all were assembled for the picnic followed by young and old having a swim in the lake. Some of the young went on the bouncy castle and others complained that they did not!

Ben’s bit:

bike2(Eldest grandson of Chris and Deirdre) It was my first long bike ride on my new orange bike. I used all of my 21 gears and I was often at the front. We had lunch in Le Moutchic on the beach by the lake. After lunch some of us went for a swim in the lake. After we cycled back to the cars, some came back to Grandmère and Grandpère’s house for a swim and a cup of tea and éclairs.

Samantha and Iona:

bike3(Granddaughters of Chris and Deirdre) “The best part of the day was the swim in the lake!”

Report by the Rankin family, photos by Phil (Please ‘click’ here to view the photo album)

 

 

 


Original Invitation

There will be a bike ride for families from Lacanau Ville to the beach at Le Moutchic for a picnic on Wednesday 19th August at 10:45.

We will meet in Lacanau Ville at a car park which is about 50 meters from the cycle track. Norma C has kindly offered to take your picnics, by car, from the car park to the beach at Le Moutchic.

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The ride to Le Moutchic will take approximately an hour depending on the length and strength of the legs!! Those who would like to stay on the beach and relax may do so but there are various alternatives for the more energetic who would like to do further cycling, either before or after the picnic. Maps will be provided.

We will meet at 10.45 with an aim to start the ride at 11 o’clock. To find the car park. Get to the roundabout in the centre of Lacanau Ville, do not take the bypass, and head for the Port and Lake. When you see the lake and have passed the Kalicoba Restaurant you will be directed to the right (a one way system).

Follow this road to the end where it will turn to the right and you will see the car park on the left. There are hoops over the entrance to keep out tall vehicles.


Cycle ride Sanguinet Lake, Maguide Picnic

 

sanguinet1The last week of June saw temperatures approaching 40C, quite uncomfortable (and perhaps unsafe) for a cycle ride, and we were tempted to cancel it. We were lucky, however, as Thursday turned out to be cooler cycling weather and perfect for our 30 km cycle trip. 8 members assembled right on schedule at our meeting point in Sanguinet, unfortunately some last minute cancellations had rather reduced our numbers.

We crossed a delightful ‘arc’ bridge and proceeded along the new lakeside cycle track which offered beautiful views of the lake, with sandy swimming beaches and some small harbours. Our cycle track was elegantly separated from the road by robust wooden barriers. After passing the old Roman port of Estey we headed into the forest and enjoyed around 10Km meandering through a lot of trees on this brand new cycle track which achieved dimensions of a cycle ‘dual carriageway’ although a number of crossings of forest tracks were well signed with rather extravagant barriers to remind us that we did not have right of way!

As we approached the south of the lake, we returned to civilization, passing by camp sites and small farms. We even ‘signed’ to share our cycle track with cars and pedestrians, but we did not see any ! There were some turnings which were not so well signposted and our lead group were so engrossed in conversation that they missed one and had to be recalled ! We were reminded that if we made good speed, there would be time to stop for a beer before we assembled for our picnic – our speed picked up remarkably!

sanguinet2So we reached Navarrosse, cycling beside a ‘sheltered mooring’ creek, and gratefully took our refreshment sitting outside a small hotel which served draught Paulaner beer! Thus refreshed we continued along the cycle track, across an ‘arc’ bridge over the canal which links the three Biscarrosse lakes to the Sailing Club on a lovely inlet at Ispe. There we met a number of local members who joined us for lunch and others who had kindly transported our picnic lunches from Sanguinet. We were able to have a comfortable sit down picnic, courtesy of the sailing club facilities.

Following lunch some of us walked to an adjacent beach which offered a great view of the lake, the far end was almost out of sight. A few of our party had had enough exercise after the 15Km ride, so a smaller number of us cycled back to Sanguinet, taking a small diversion to cycle up and down the adjacent ‘Montagne’, a pretty route but more like a molehill than a mountain!

As we reached Sanguinet, the sun came out, and we could not resist a further opportunity to quench our thirst at a lakeside bar. Some of us also needed to sit down – A great day out !

Report by Phil C (Click here to view the photo album)

 

Cycle Ride and Lunch in the Entre Deux Mers

A gentle cycle ride in two separate 10km stages starting on the Rive Droite opposite Ile d’Arcins. We cycle alongside the Garonne and then inland into the Entre deux Mers to Latresne to join the old railway line (now a Piste Cyclable). We will stop for a leisurely lunch before making the return trip.

Lunch a good value ‘honest’ menu de jour for 10.50€ or a plat de jour for 8€.

Enjoy some leisurely cycling and exploring a very different area of our region (not a vineyard in sight!) or just come for lunch.

To register for cycling and lunch, or just lunch only, please contact Ian Couper (Ian says that he will definitely be cycling and enjoying lunch irrespective of the weather and does not want to feel lonely!)