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La Vélo Francette - From Longuenée-en-Anjou to Loire Authion

Touring cyclist in Longuenée-en-Anjou
56.4 km
Touring cyclist
4h
Easy
  • The Vélo Francette cycle route is more than 600 km long, starting in Normandy and leading down to the Atlantic.

    The route follows the towpath of the Mayenne, between Longuenée-en-Anjou and Angers, then continues in parallel with the Loire à Vélo route between Angers and Loire Authion. After the landscapes of the Basses vallées angevines, among the most exceptional wet meadows in Europe, you will follow the smallest river in Anjou, the Maine (7 km) in the heart of Angers, then the royal...

    The Vélo Francette cycle route is more than 600 km long, starting in Normandy and leading down to the Atlantic.

    The route follows the towpath of the Mayenne, between Longuenée-en-Anjou and Angers, then continues in parallel with the Loire à Vélo route between Angers and Loire Authion. After the landscapes of the Basses vallées angevines, among the most exceptional wet meadows in Europe, you will follow the smallest river in Anjou, the Maine (7 km) in the heart of Angers, then the royal river from Bouchemaine to continue towards Sainte-Gemmes-sur-Loire, les Ponts-de-Cé and Loire-Authion.

    Starting from the Channel and descending towards the Atlantic, the Vélo Francette offers magnificent landscapes through Normandy, the Pays de la Loire and part of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine and Poitou-Charentes regions. 
    Take this cycle route to discover the French countryside, castles, nature spots, charming villages and the banks of the Mayenne. A cycling route accessible to all and a unique adventure!

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    Important information : 

    • April 2024 - Due to flooding, some of the paths and roads along the route may be partially under water, so please remain vigilant.
    • Due to works on the Promenade Haute de Reculée in Angers, the route of this cycle route has been modified along the Maine until the end of June 2024. Signs are posted on site.
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    Here are good deals in the Angers’ urban community between Longuenée-en-Anjou and Loire-Authion:  
    • Take a break to eat in one of the numerous open-air cafes  along the route: La Guinguette de Pruillé, La Rainette de Montreuil-Juigné and La Cabane du Chat qui pèche in Cantenay-Épinard. 
    • Help the ferryman to pull the ferry crossing the Mayenne river to access to the island of Saint-Aubin forbidden to cars. 
    • In Angers, take some time to stroll in the ancient streets of La Doutre, visit the château d’Angers and its treasure: the Apocalypse, not forgetting to enjoy the view on the Maine river from the Promenade du Bout du Monde. 
    • Take a selfie or post on Instagram the wonderful view from the Piverdière rocky promontory in Bouchemaine or from the Mediterranean garden in Sainte-Gemmes-sur-Loire. 
    • Visit the favourite residence of King René in Les Ponts-de-Cé, now home to the Musée des Coiffes et des Traditions, or in port des Noues, the Rive d'Arts creative pillar
    • Immerse yourself in the heart of the Loire thanks to the Loire-Odyssée interpretation centre in the new Loire-Authion town. 
    Download the map of great cycling routes and loops in and around Angers.

    For personalised advice, to leave your bike in a secure box or to hire one, go to the Bicycle Conciergerie at the Angers Tourist Office.
     

Points of interest
2 Écluse de la Roussière
3 Les moulins de Sautré
5 Marais de Montreuil-Juigné
7 Écluse de Montreuil-Belfroy
8 Cantenay-Épinard, la nature aux portes de la ville
9 Lîle Saint-Aubin et son bac
10 Giffard Espace Menthe Pastille
12 Musée Jean Lurçat et de la Tapisserie contemporaine
14 Domaine national du Château d'Angers
17 Belvédère de la Piverdière
18 Bouchemaine, village de la confluence
23 Loire Odyssée : Centre de découverte