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Gravel Circuit / Bikepacking ​- Angers, between the Loire and the vineyards

Touring cyclist in Angers
107.0 km
  • Gravel circuit suitable for bikepacking ​- Angers, between the Loire and the vineyards 
    Nature is Bike Experience

    Do you want to experience something a little more sporty and free? Why not try a bikepacking trip? The idea is to equip your bike or rent a bike specially designed to go on an adventure in all lightness! A bike, a few panniers, a thirst for discovery and all that's left for you to do is to discover the exceptional playground offered by the Anjou destination on the banks of the...
    Gravel circuit suitable for bikepacking ​- Angers, between the Loire and the vineyards 
    Nature is Bike Experience

    Do you want to experience something a little more sporty and free? Why not try a bikepacking trip? The idea is to equip your bike or rent a bike specially designed to go on an adventure in all lightness! A bike, a few panniers, a thirst for discovery and all that's left for you to do 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 ideal way to discover the Anjou destination, to go on an adventure or to meet the locals. We won't say any more. 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 vineyards. An exploration of 108 kms 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
    107 km circuit - Gravel or mountain bike recommended - intermediate level. Good physical condition required. Some parts of the tour require more vigilance (roundabout near the place called l'Homois north of Brissac and roundabout on the Faye road at the Vauchrétien exit).

    Road bike - Expert. Excellent physical condition required. Some sections of the Tour may require you to push your bike
    Open circuit, not signposted, to be ridden independently
    Starting point: Place Kennedy, Angers 
    Kilometres: 107 km
    Positive difference in altitude: 290 m 
    Negative difference in altitude : 327 m
    Orientation: South-East and South-West of Angers
    Recommended period: March to November 
    Recommended duration: 2 days  
    Recommended overnight stopover points: Brissac-Quincé (34 km) and Chalonnes-sur-Loire (70 km)

    Staging points
    Departure Angers
    Saint-Gemmes-sur-Loire : 12 km 
    Les Ponts-de-Cé : 18 km  
    Juigné-sur-Loire : 24 km 
    Brissac-Quincé : 34 km 
    Beaulieu-sur-Layon : 49 km 
    Saint-Aubin-de-Luigné: 56 km 
    Chalonnes-sur-Loire: 70 km 
    La Possonnière: 78 km 
    Savennières: 82 km 
    Béhuard Island: 85 km 
    Lake Maine: 103 km
    Château d'Angers: 108 km 

    Not to be missed on your way

    - The old Convent of La Baumette and the panorama over the Maine 
    - The confluence of the Loire and the Maine 
    - Walk along the Loire to Port-Thibault, a district on the Loire in the town of Saint-Gemmes-sur-Loire 
    - Stop at the guinguette of Port-Thibault and stroll through the Mediterranean garden 
    - Drive through the commune of Les Ponts-de-Cé with its castle and its panorama of the Loire
    - The town of Juigné-sur-Loire with its schistose paths and its vineyards 
    - The Château de Brissac, the highest castle in France (7 floors), in the heart of the Aubance hillsides 
    - The hilly landscapes of vineyards and forests between Brissac and Chalonnes-sur-Loire
    - Cross the commune of La Possonnière with its port, its traditional flat-bottomed Loire boats: gabares and toues cabanées. 
    - The town of Savennières, its hundred-year-old plane tree in the Fresnes park and discovery of wine estates 
    - The island of Béhuard, an island on the Loire and labelled Petite Cité de Caractère
    - The hillsides of Savennières 
    - Return to Angers by crossing Lake Maine and view of the castle of Angers

    Find all the technical information related to this route (practical info, gpx track, points of interest, etc) on our Outdooractive page
Points of interest
2 Belvédère de la Piverdière
15 Domaine de la Belle Étoile
17 Réserve naturelle régionale des Coteaux du Pont-Barré
18 Château Domaine de la Soucherie
19 Saint-Aubin-de-Luigné, village de charme
20 Domaine Cady
21 Les Moulins d'Ardenay
24 Église Saint-Pierre et Saint-Romain
25 Savennières, un village à savourer
27 Château des Vaults Domaine du Closel
28 Béhuard, une île sur la Loire
30 Domaine aux Moines
31 Château d'Épiré
34 Guinguette Le Héron Carré
36 Domaine national du Château d'Angers
37 Maison des Vins d'Anjou-Angers-Saumur