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La Vélo Francette from Château-Gontier to Le Lion-d'Angers

[ 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 ]
  • 34 km
  • famille Level Family

Travelling along the Mayenne Valley, each meander reveals new delights to spur you on, with a château here and a mill there, or then a waterside village with a river port. Before the town of Le Lion-d’Angers, you’ll get a notion of the importance of the equestrian professions around here as you pass the Domaine de l’Isle-Briand, home to a world-class national stud farm that hosts equestrian events.

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Cycle route

The crossing of the town of Château-Gontier is very well laid out. There’s an interconnection here with the greenway leading to Bourg Philippe.
There’s a shortish provisional stretch of 4km that takes you along small county roads, with some slopes around La Roche Lock at Chambellay and at Montreuil-sur-Maine. Just before the last village, head back down to the towpath.

 

To reach the town of Le Lion-d’Angers, just before the footbridge at the confluence of the Mayenne and Oudon Rivers, follow the Oudon towpath to the right; alternatively, you can head straight on towards Grez-Neuville.
Follow the signs for the Chemin de halage de la Mayenne up to Le Lion-d’Angers.

Tourist Offices

Sud Mayenne Tourist Office
place André Counord, Pôle Culturel des Ursulines
53200 Château-Gontier
+33 (0)2 43 70 42 74

 

Anjou Bleu Tourist Office – (Lion d’Angers branchy)
56 rue du Général Leclerc
49220 Le Lion d’Angers
+33 (0)2 41 95 83 19 - officedetourisme@anjoubleu.com

 

Buses
Line 1 Laval > Château-Gontier > Angers 
Central contact number for transport and mobility questions: +33 (0)2 43 665 333 et Kéolis : +33 (0)2 43 67 08 15
Ligne 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.

 

Markets
Château-Gontier:
Thurday

 

Don’t miss
Château-Gontier:
L’Arche animal rescue centre, +33 (0)2 43 07 24 38; Ursuline convent; church of St John the Baptist, +33 (0)2 43 70 42 74; river boating tourism, +33 (0)2 43 07 61 78
Ménil: the small ferry and the ferryman’s house; St George’s Church and Notre-Dame de Bonne Fortune Chapel
Daon: river port and outdoor sports and leisure centre
By crossing the bridge at Chambellay you can reach delightful waterside Chenillé-Changé, listed as a Village de Charme
Le Lion-d’Angers: home to the reputed national stud farm and hippodrome of L’Isle-Briand

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