You will be spoilt for choice in this region. Great if you love: easy cycle paths, Tour de France climbs, long-distance cycling routes, mountain biking, Ariège has it all. 

There are two long bike paths between major towns which have been created on top of former railway lines. They are known as "voie verte". 

Mirepoix to Lavelanet (38 km)

Foix to St Girons (42 km)

A recently built voie verte runs within meters from La Maison de Bosc and allows a car free access to Mirepoix and a neighbouring village Rieucros. 

To prepare for cycling trips and holidays, there is a collaborative website that lists drinking water points and public toilets available in France for cyclists. You can find the link here

We are committed to the well-being of our cycling guests. We are also cyclists and enjoy the beautiful trails around the gîte!
This means that we provide :

a secure room for your bikes
a repair kit (keys, oils, punctures, brake cables, foot pump...)
a hose to wash your bikes
maps and routes

Guests of La Maison de Bosc can take advantage of the on-site bicycle rental, and choose from a selection of mountain bikes and electric bikes with an impressive 120 km  battery range. 

Annual cycling events in Ariège

Cyclosportive l'Ariégeoise 
- Every summer in June the Ariège Organisation Cycliste organizes a non-competitive race starting in Tarascon that features routes for different levels of ability. For more information, visit the web site


Tour de France - The TdF passes through Ariège nearly every year. 2022 edition: Stage 16, Carcassonne to Foix: 178 km, 2 Cat 1 climbs at Port de Lers and Mur de Péguère. See

Mémorial Fabio Casartelli
 - In 1995 St. Girons was the starting point for one of the stages of the Tour de France. Less than two hours later, at the col du Portet d'Aspet, the Italian rider Fabio Casartelli was fatally injured in a fall.
Since 1997 the cycling association of the has Couserans organised each summer or autumn a cycling event in his memory. The entrance fees go to a fund established by the Casartelli family in aid of professional cyclists injured in falls. You can find more information here:

Horse riding

  • Pôle Équestre de Léran: on the shores of Lake Montbel, the equestrian centre offers numerous activities for all riders, young and old.

  • EquiTerre - Another excellent horse-riding centre just on the other side of the village of Engraviès is only 8km away from La Maison de Bosc. It is a family run business and it is possible to have horse-riding lessons, to go on treks varying in length from two hours to several days duration; you can also watch horse-ball competitions, and much, more.

Guest Comments

We had a fantastic stay in La Maison de Bosc. The house was marvellous, and the hospitality very warm and welcoming. We hope to be able to come back one day. Thank you very much for everything.

Rubén Cano Torres