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The Mayenne river and meadows in the low valleys of Angers

Walking/pedestrian ,  Touring cyclist in Cantenay-Épinard
16.5 km
Walking/pedestrian
4h 10min
Easy
16.5 km
Touring cyclist
1h 15min
Easy
  • This route follows the meanders of the Mayenne, passing the beautiful meadows of the Lower Anjou Valleys, as well as castles, mansions and an ornithological viewing deck. 
    This path permits discovering two towns near the Mayenne river and in the low valleys of Angers, classified as Natura 2000 sites.
    Montreuil-Juigné, whose particularity is to have 2 locks, and Cantenay-Epinard, in the confluence of the Sarthe and Mayenne rivers, have a rich cultural heritage and a new bicycle touristic...

    This route follows the meanders of the Mayenne, passing the beautiful meadows of the Lower Anjou Valleys, as well as castles, mansions and an ornithological viewing deck. 
    This path permits discovering two towns near the Mayenne river and in the low valleys of Angers, classified as Natura 2000 sites.
    Montreuil-Juigné, whose particularity is to have 2 locks, and Cantenay-Epinard, in the confluence of the Sarthe and Mayenne rivers, have a rich cultural heritage and a new bicycle touristic route “La Vélo Francette” since 2015 to link Normandy to the Atlantic coast.

    Touristic places
    - The towpath of Mayenne permits going along the river between those two towns.
    - The Montreuil-Belfroy lock, 34m long, was used to transport raw materials to supply the flourmill.
    - The “Vieux Cantenay” hamlet, located along the river of Sarthe, has beautiful abodes, like the château de Grand Vaux and La Hautvraie.

    Equipment at your disposal
    - Toilets and picnic tables along the river of Mayenne in Cantenay-Epinard
    - Toilets (during the opening of the campsite) and picnic tables near the campsite of Montreuil-Juigné
    - Picnic tables near Montreuil-Belfroy lock

    Practical information 
    - Trail not passable during floods 
    - Cycling path 

    Circuit marked out in mauve. 

  • Documentation
    GPX / KML files allow you to export the trail of your hike to your GPS (or other navigation tool)