The Loir Valley by Bike Cycle Route is 320 kilometres long. 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 Basses Vallées Angevines wetlands area.
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 Basses Vallées Angevines
- 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-Epinard
- Helping the ferry man pull the cable ferry across the Mayenne to the car-free island of Saint Aubin.
Download the instructions for the temporary waymarked route
- GPX / KML files allow you to export the trail of your hike to your GPS (or other navigation tool)