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Gravel Circuit / Bikepacking - Angers, between the Loire and the slate

Touring cyclist in Angers
97.0 km
  • Bikepacking Gravel circuit - Angers, between the Loire and the slate
    Nature is Bike Experience

    Why not try bikepacking? The idea is to equip your bike with light luggage or to hire a bike specially designed for a light adventure! A bike, a few panniers, a thirst for discovery and all that's left is to discover the exceptional playground offered by the Anjou destination on the banks of the Loire and immersed in the vineyards. Take to the roads in bikepacking mode with the exhilarating...
    Bikepacking Gravel circuit - Angers, between the Loire and the slate
    Nature is Bike Experience

    Why not try bikepacking? The idea is to equip your bike with light luggage or to hire a bike specially designed for a light adventure! A bike, a few panniers, a thirst for discovery and all that's left is to discover the exceptional playground offered by the Anjou destination on the banks of the Loire and immersed in the vineyards. Take to the roads in bikepacking mode with the exhilarating feeling that your bike is the perfect way to discover the Anjou destination, to go on an adventure or to meet the locals. That's all we're saying. Let the magic of discovery work on its own!

    From Angers, set off on an adventure by bike and discover an exceptional playground between the Loire and the slate. An exploration of 97 km, to be discovered over 2 days, which promises new sensations and sharing.

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    Important information :
    • April 2024 - Due to flooding, some paths and roads on the route may be partially under water, so please remain vigilant.
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    Road book :
    97 km circuit - Mountain bike recommended - Intermediate level - Good physical condition - Very rolling circuit overall with a few small hills to climb and several false flat paths. This route is mainly on paths with mixed gravel and tarmac surfaces. There are a few passages on softer ground near wooded areas.

    Open circuit, not signposted, to be walked independently
    Starting point: Place Kennedy, Angers 
    Kilometres: 97 km
    Orientation: South and East of Angers
    Recommended period: March to November 
    Recommended duration: 2 days
    Find good addresses of restaurants in Angers.
    Recommended stopping points for overnight stays: Brissac-Quincé (41 km) and Saint-Mathurin-sur-Loire (62 km)
    Accommodation in Brissac-Quincé: camping de la Belle Étoile, camping de l'Étang, Confidences Escale bed and breakfast, Le Castel hotel
    Accommodation in Saint-Mathurin-sur-Loire : camping du Port La Vallée 
    You can also find accommodation with the Accueil Vélo label in Angers and the surrounding area

    The must-sees, not to be missed on your way:
    - The former Convent of La Baumette and the panorama of the Maine
    - The confluence of the Loire and the Maine
    - Follow the Loire to Port-Thibault, a district of Saint-Gemmes-sur-Loire
    - Stop at the guinguette of Port-Thibault and stroll through the Mediterranean Garden
    - Cross the town of Les Ponts-de-Cé with its castle and its panorama of the Loire
    - Pass by the natural site of the Roche de Mûrs and its exceptional panorama over the Loire
    - The Château de Brissac, the highest castle in France (7 storeys), in the heart of the Aubance hillsides
    - Join Saint-Mathurin-sur-Loire and walk along the Loire for several kilometres
    - Cross the Ardoisières park, the former site of the famous Anjou slate quarry 
    - Follow part of the Anjou loop of the Loire by bike to return to Angers

    Discover this circuit and find all the technical information (practical info, gpx track, points of interest, etc) on our Outdooractive page.
     
Points of interest
1 Domaine national du Château d'Angers
3 Musée du Bon Pasteur
4 Guinguette Le Héron Carré
7 Belvédère de la Piverdière
8 Bouchemaine, village de la confluence
9 Abbaye de Bouchemaine
25 Église de Saint-Mathurin-sur-Loire
26 Loire Odyssée : Centre de découverte
33 Galerie David d'Angers
34 La conciergerie vélo - Destination Angers
35 Maison des Vins d'Anjou-Angers-Saumur