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La Vélo Francette from Angers to St-Mathurin through Bouchemaine

[ Cycle routes La Vélo Francette - From Normandy to the Atlantic by bike ] [ La Vélo Francette, the Loire valley from Angers to Saumur ]
  • 34.5 km
  • famille Level Family

La Vélo Francette shares the way with the Loire à Vélo cycle route for some way from Angers eastwards, leading you out of the city via the Maine River and the Lac de Maine, with its green surrounds. At the village of Bouchemaine, at the confluence of Maine and Loire, you might try one of the restaurants on the quays. Most of this stage is along traffic-free tracks up to La Daguenière, then you join quiet roads up to St-Mathurin-sur-Loire.

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Cycle route

From Angers, follow signs indicating « Vers La Loire à Vélo par Bouchemaine ». From Bouchemaine, use the Loire à Vélo signs.


Link to the Layon Aubance cycle route at the level of Les Ponts-de-Cé.

Tourist offices

Angers Loire Tourisme
7 place du Président Kennedy
49051 Angers
+33 (0)2 41 23 50 00 -

Loire Authion Tourist Office
Place du Port Charles Sigogne
49250 Saint-Mathurin-sur-Loire
+33 (0)2 41 57 01 82 -


SNCF train services
Angers train station:
TGV high-speed services and TER regional services, line 5 Nantes > Angers > Tours > Orléans
St-Mathurin-sur-Loire train station: TER regional services, line 19 Angers > Saumur > Tours

Take care as you need to operate the chain ferry over the Authion yourself and be aware that it is only operational from April to the start of November. When the ferry cannot be used, follow the signs for the alternative route.


Don’t miss
château and medieval Apocalypse Tapestries; Musée de la Tapisserie Contemporaine Jean-Lurçat; Musée des Beaux-Arts; Collégiale Saint-Martin, turned into a museum of religious artefacts; Terra Botanica (park on the theme of plants); river port
Bouchemaine: the quays along the Maine, leading to the river’s estuary with the Loire
Ste-Gemmes-sur-Loire: the Ile aux Chevaux island, with its protected environment, and two gardens, the Jardin du Presbytère and Jardin Méditerranéen
Les Ponts-de-Cé: the castle keep
St-Mathurin-sur-Loire: Maison de Loire en Anjou, presenting the Loire in Anjou, its flora, fauna and people

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