St-Mathurin / Saumur La Vélo Francette: Normandy / Atlantic by bike
Elevation of the stage
Waytypes of the stage
Surface of the stage
Follow the Loire à Vélo signs.
Along the Loire’s south bank, you share the way with traffic, going via Saint-Mathurin-sur-Loire, Saint-Rémy-la-Varenne, Gennes, Chênehutte-Trèves-Cunault, Saint-Hilaire-St-Florent and southern Saumur.
Along the Loire’s north bank, the track is mainly not tarmacked and not suitable for bikes pulling trailers (there are some very narrow sections). Some stretches are cobbled, going along former Loire quays. This route is traffic-free between Les Rosiers-sur-Loire and St-Martin-de-la-Place. Between St-Martin-de-la-Place and northern Saumur, this route goes along the base of the Loire levée along the D 952 road, on a surface that has been adapted for motorized traffic.
SNCF train services
Angers and Saumur train stations: TGV high-speed services and TER regional services, line 5 Nantes > Angers > Tours > Orléans
St-Mathurin-sur-Loire and Les Rosiers-sur-Loire train stations: TER regional services, line 19 Angers > Saumur > Tours
Saint-Mathurin-sur-Loire: classic or themed river cruises on board a traditional river boat with Loire de lumière
St-Rémy-la-Varenne: former Benedictine priory, founded in 926, being gradually restored by an association
St-Maur: the Benedictine abbey in this riverside village also has Dark Ages roots, but the fine building beside the Loire dates from the Ancien Régime. Not open to visitors.
Le Thoureil : charming riverside village with an historic Loire port where traditional river boats are being revived
Gennes: vestiges of a Gallo-Roman amphitheatre; panorama over the Loire Valley from the church of St-Eusèbe, with a memorial to young officers of the Saumur cavalry school who fought bravely against the German invaders in 1940
Cunault: collegiate church of Notre-Dame de Cunault, one of the finest Romanesque edifices in Anjou
Trèves: pretty Romanesque church and a keep, a remnant of a 15th-century castle
Chênehutte: priory church
Saint-Hilaire-St-Florent: the Cadre Noir elite riding corps at the École Nationale d’Équitation, France’s most prestigious cavalry riding school, open to the public; mushroom-growing caves; spectacular underground wine cellars open to visitors, notably those of the Saumur sparkling wine houses
Les Rosiers-sur-Loire: bell-tower that can be climbed (see Office de tourisme); zen fountain; historic quays and docks beside the Loire, powerful reminders of the major river-trading that went on along the great river through Anjou.