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Loir Valley by Bike Cycle Route

Touring cyclist in Angers
31.0 km
Touring cyclist
2h 30min
Easy
  • The Loir Valley by Bike Cycle Route is 320 kilometres long, including 31 km in the Angers urban area. It starts at the source of the Loir (in Saint-Eman in Eure-et-Loir) and terminates in Angers where it intersects with two major long-distance cycle routes, the Loire à Vélo and the Vélo Francette. From Angers, you can follow a temporary itinerary which is waymarked as far as Villevêque, passing through a section of the Lower anjou valleys wetlands area

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    Important...

    The Loir Valley by Bike Cycle Route is 320 kilometres long, including 31 km in the Angers urban area. It starts at the source of the Loir (in Saint-Eman in Eure-et-Loir) and terminates in Angers where it intersects with two major long-distance cycle routes, the Loire à Vélo and the Vélo Francette. From Angers, you can follow a temporary itinerary which is waymarked as far as Villevêque, passing through a section of the Lower anjou valleys wetlands area

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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.
    • The reopening of the Roche Foulques ferry, initially scheduled for the spring, has been postponed due to high water. The reopening date is not yet known. 
    • Due to works on the Promenade Haute de Reculée in Angers, the route of this cycle route has been modified along the Maine river until the end of June 2024. Signs are posted on site.
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    Good to know Highlights in the area:                                                                                   
    - The watermill experience L’Engrenage: this 800-year-old mill on the banks of the Loire produces electricity for the village of Villevêque (a sub-commune of Rives-du-Loir-en-Anjou).
    - The Nov'art contemporary arts route in the streets and parks of Rives-du-Loir-en-Anjou, from June to August.
    - The educational marsh in Briollay where you can see all the plant varieties found in the Lower Anjou Valleys.
    - A drink at one of the riverside cafés or restaurants on the banks of the Loir, Sarthe or Mayenne.
    - A rest under the trees at the picnic area on the banks of the Mayenne in Cantenay-Épinard.
    - Helping the ferry man pull the cable ferry across the Mayenne to the car-free island of Saint-Aubin.

Points of interest
5 Bac à chaînes de la Roche Foulques
6 Marais pédagogique de Briollay
7 Briollay, une fenêtre ouverte sur la nature
8 Écouflant, terre de confluences
9 Cantenay-Épinard, la nature aux portes de la ville
10 Giffard Espace Menthe Pastille
12 L'île Saint-Aubin et son bac
13 Musée Jean Lurçat et de la tapisserie contemporaine
16 Domaine national du Château d'Angers