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The Top Five Best Walks Around Angers

Fancy a walk in the fresh air? Find out the top five best walks around Angers

Relaxing walk around Béhuard

(9 km – 2 hrs 35 minutes)

This small town of character is the only village to lie on an island in the Loire. Its picturesque surroundings are among those that have made the Loire Valley a UNESCO World Heritage site. While in Béhuard, discover the unusual Notre Dame Chapel with its Virgin on the Rock and follow the various visitor panels explaining the history of this island. It is impossible not to fall for the charms of this natural, preserved and tranquil place.

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On the hillsides of Savennières

(9.1 km – 2 hrs 40 minutes)

Roam through a variety of Loire Valley landscapes with this walk taking you over both flat terrain and sun-exposed hillsides. Of course the highlight of this walk is the Savennières vineyards, known for their dry white wines – don’t hesitate to stop off at a winery to taste them. The village of Savennières itself is also home to some historic treasures, such as the St. Pierre and St. Romain Church with its 10th-century nave.

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Basses Vallées Angevines to the la confluence of the Loire and the Maine

(18.6 km – 4 hrs 40 minutes)

This slightly longer walk is for nature lovers seeking to really get away from it all for a while. The meeting point of the Maine and the Loire is one of the most stunning sights along this World Heritage listed river. While passing through the Basses Vallées Angevines, you will see an abundance of plant and animal life. You will also pass through La Pointe, a characterful village once known for its inland shipping activity, water mills and wash house.

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Plateau de Marcillé to the towpath

(13.6 km – 3 hrs 30 minutes)

On this walk along the banks of the Mayenne, you will enjoy the superb countryside surroundings of the Bocage Angevin. You will walk as far as the Ecluse de la Roussière lock and continue on the towpath. On your way, you can also see the authentic mill and castle of Sautré. For lunch, take a seat at the riverside café or have a picnic, at the riverside port of Pruillé, and enjoy life’s simpler pleasures for a moment.

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Banks of the Loir circuit

(9.7 km – 2 hrs 40 minutes)

A walk deep in the countryside of the Basses Vallées Angevines. On this walk, you will discover a haven of green along the banks of the Loir. Keep your eyes open and you are sure to see a few herons, purple snake’s head flowers or fields of daisies. You will also have the opportunity to visit the Château de Villevêque, with its water mill which is a captivating sight for both young and old. If you follow this itinerary, you will come to a small boat designed for crossing the Loir. Just pull the chain to ferry yourself across.

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