Waytypes of the stage
Follow the signs for La Vélo Francette, also indicating Niort. You share the way with motorised traffic, with some stretches along farm tracks.
There is a significant slope after Breilbon.
SNCF Train Services
Niort train station: high-speed TGV and regional TER services: line 13 Poitiers > Niort > La Rochelle
Lines 11 et 13 Paris > Angoulême ou Niort > Saintes > Royan
Champdeniers-St-Denis : for its washhouses, tanneries, the underground river, the fairground and the Château de Nuchèze.
Echiré: for the meanders of the Sèvre Niortaise River and the châteaux of Coudray-Salbart and of Mursay
Niort: the Coulée Verte (‘Green Corridor’) along the Sèvre Niortaise River; the massive twin Romanesque keeps; the covered market (market days are Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sunday mornings); the churches, including the Protestant one; the townhall; the Pilori, the former townhall, with its great tower; the Jardins de la Brèche Gardens…