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Canal Du Midi Bicycle Route Map / Itinéraire Parcours velo / Fahrradkarte / Fietskaart / Cykel Kort / Sykkel Kartet / Polkupyörä Kartta / Mapa de la Bicicleta / Mappa Biciclette:

Lasbordes - Bram

 

The bike path along the Canal Du Midi will be unpaved again, but in good condition.  For about 600 meters you will be on a paved road with traffic, up to you reach Ecluse de Treboul.

 

Bicycle Route Description

 

Continue cycling along the north side of the Canal Du Midi until you reach Carcassonne.

 

Historical Information

 

Aqueduc de Tréboul, aquaduc, Km 74.  It is very near to the lock of the same name, and crosses the Ruisseau de Tréboul.

 

Ecluse de Treboul, 1678, single lock.  Km 74.013  Height 3.19 m.

 

Épanchoir de Villepinte.  Km 77.813.  A siphon for water release from the Canal du Midi immediately to the west of the single lock of Villepinte.

 

Ecluse de Villepinte, 1678, single lock.  Km 77.813  Height 3.05 m.  Featured on a French stamp in 2013.

 

Ecluse de Sauzens, 1678, single lock.  Km 79.498  Height 2.14 m.

 

Ecluse de Bram, 1678, single lock.  Km 80.717  Height 2.98 m.  There is a small port here.   Back in the day this port was very active, with its main commodities being fodder (hay for cattle), wheat, and oats harvested in the nearby region and also wood from the Black Mountains.  The panel on the port house indicates that this was one of the toll boots on the Canal Du Midi.   This is indicated with the text “contrôle intermédiaire des droits de navigation.”   This lock is 32nd lock on the Canal Du Midi counting from Toulouse.   There are 31 locks upstream from here and 31 locks downstream from here.

 

Things to see and do around this part of the Canal Du Midi on your bike tour

 

Bram is a village circulaire or "circulade" which means that its center consists of concentric circular alleys.  In the 11th century a religious edifice was located in the center, and as the village grew it formed circles around this edifice.  There are many of these circular villages in France, but Bram is the best example in the Occitanie province.  During the Cathar crusades (1210) Bram was captured by the crusaders.  One hundred residents had their eyes slashed and noses cut off and were forced to march to Las Tours (Cathar fort north of Carcassonne), being guided by one person who was only blinded in one eye.  This was to cause psychological stress to the Cathars in Las Tours.  In 1939 Bram was home to one of the largest refugee camps in France with Spanish refugees fleeing the civil war in Spain.  Over 30,000 people lived in this camp between 1939 and 1941.

 

Church interior bram

Church in Bram

 

Bram has an Archaeological Museum called Eburomagus.  It is open from April to October (closed monday and tuesday).  Check exact hours here: link.

 

Museum in Bram

 

Markets along the Canal Du Midi

 

Bram has a large market every Wednesday morning from 8AM to 1PM in Centre Ville (city center).

 

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