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La Vélo Francette from Mayenne to Laval

[ Cycle routes La Vélo Francette - From Normandy to the Atlantic by bike ] [ La Vélo Francette, the Mayenne valley by bike from Domfront to Angers through Laval ]
  • 35.6 km
  • famille Level Family

After visiting the historic town of Mayenne, with its castle dating back in part to Carolingian times, head south via the Mayenne Valley. This La Vélo Francette stage is well suited to families, following the riverside towpath in a lovely natural setting punctuated by lock-keepers’ houses and beautiful old homes. The town of Laval is a delight to walk around.

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Cycle route
Setting out from Mayenne-town, follow the Mayenne River’s east bank. You join the towpath as you leave town. At the level of the small business park, the ZA de l’Huilerie, there’s an interconnection with the greenway linking Ambrières-les-Vallées > La Chapelle-Anthenaise.
Follow the signs indicating the Chemin de halage de la Mayenne.

Tourist Offices

Vallée de Haute-Mayenne Tourist Office
Halte fluviale – Quai de Waibligen
53100 Mayenne
+33 (0)2 43 04 19 37 -


Laval Tourist Office
1 allée du Vieux Saint-Louis
53000 Laval
+33 (0)2 43 49 46 46

SNCF train services
Laval train station: TGV high-speed services and TER regional services on line 22, Le Mans > Laval > Rennes


Line N°28 Nantes > Laval
Line N°29 Angers > Laval
Contact TER: +33 (0) 810 324 324
Bikes are allowed in the hold if there is room. The Perrin bus company decides on an individual basis, so try checking in advance: +33 (0)2 99 47 42 42.


Don’t miss
Mayenne-town: Musée du Château (archaeological and history museum) +33 (0)2 43 00 17 17; Les Calvairiennes Chapel; Notre-Dame Basilica; river-boating +33 (0)2 43 04 19 37 ; the Mémorial de la Déportation (dedicated to those deported from the county of Mayenne during the Second World War)  +33 (0)2 43 08 87 35
Laval: the castle and its Musée d’Art Naïf, +33 (0)2 43 53 39 89; the Lactopole André Besnier (a museum on milk production, also known as La Cité du Lait, in this, a major French milk-producing area), +33 (0)2 43 59 51 90; further museums, river wash sheds, boat hire companies and river cruises from the river port, +33 (0)2 43 49 46 46

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