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Monday, July 20, 2009

A great day out in the Languedoc

Off the A 75 at Sainte Eulalie de Cernon

An abandoned railway has been given a new lease of life by Velorail. Small railway wagons fitted with pedals allow you to glide down this fascinating track, through tunnels and over viaducts and all with breathtaking views of the valley de Cernon and the hills, rock outcrops and even cattle grazing in the fields. It also runs through what amounts to a nature reserve - all seen from these small railcars in close to silence.

2 routes are on offer - up-hill "les Papillons" is for the hearty as it is quite a pedal uphill - though coming back down is fun.

In the other direction - "les Orchidees" is pretty pedal free after the first 300 meters and then a delightful glide down hill. And the bonus is - a train will come down after you and take you back to the top! We left at 11.ish and got back at around one o'clock - good value for €16 we thought and after working up an appetite - well judged for lunch - how very French.

Each "car" has 2 pedaling positions and an easy seat for 2 more passengers. Even if you are not a rail fan you will enjoy it - not an anorak zone at all.

Booking a good idea as the trips run in batches - full details on the website - just 2 trips a day in June but 4 or more in July.

www.veloraildularzac.com or phone 05 65 58 72 10

This info was provided by Robin Hicks, the best local knowledge there is. Be sure to visit his site What's on where in Herault

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