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15,61 Km
Ouistreham / Caen
Seaside, Cities and picturesque villages
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Ouistreham / Caen

Start at Ouistreham, the Normandy ferry port north of Caen, its strand renowned as Sword Beach, its codename during the [...]

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28,02 Km
Caen / Thury-Harcourt
Cities and picturesque villages
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Caen / Thury-Harcourt

Once you’ve gone round Caen’s marina, explore the city via its ‘green lungs’, notably the racecourse and a [...]

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33,48 Km
Pont d'Ouilly / Flers
Nature & small heritage
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Pont d'Ouilly / Flers

Connecting Pont-d'Ouilly to Flers, this bucolic stage through the Suisse Normande area takes you beside the Noireau [...]

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22,74 Km
Flers / Domfront
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Flers / Domfront

You change cycle track after Flers station. Crossing the outskirts of town, near La Selle-la-Forge, at the place named [...]

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44,72 Km
Domfront / Mayenne
Au fil de l'eau, Nature & small heritage
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Domfront / Mayenne

The route leaves the southern Norman hilltop town of Domfront, taking you on a long stage going via roads and greenways [...]

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36,09 Km
Mayenne / Laval
Au fil de l'eau
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Mayenne / Laval

After visiting the historic town of Mayenne, with its castle dating back in part to Carolingian times, head south via [...]

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34,75 Km
Laval / Château-Gontier
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Laval / Château-Gontier

The start of this stage affords fine views of the town of Laval and its two châteaux. The nine-arched railway viaduct [...]

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29,13 Km
Le Lion-d'Angers / Angers
Au fil de l'eau, Castles
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Le Lion-d'Angers / Angers

After the picture-postcard equestrian grounds at L’Isle Briand, with its château and national stud farm, plus the [...]

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30,27 Km
St-Mathurin / Saumur
Au fil de l'eau, Castles
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St-Mathurin / Saumur

This stage is shared by La Vélo Francette and the Loire à Vélo. Two options: either follow the route from Gennes [...]

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20,60 Km
Saumur / Montreuil-Bellay
Nature & small heritage, Cities and picturesque villages
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Saumur / Montreuil-Bellay

La Vélo Francette leaves Saumur via a pretty greenway beside the Thouet River. Then the route adopts farm tracks and [...]

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26,39 Km
Montreuil-Bellay / Thouars
Au fil de l'eau, Nature & small heritage
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Montreuil-Bellay / Thouars

From Montreuil-Bellay, you descend back down to the Thouet River, heading for Thouars. The véloroute runs peacefully [...]

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29,31 Km
Thouars / Airvault
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Thouars / Airvault

After visiting the historic heart of Thouars, take in the Imbert Floral Park, with its lovely terraces above the River [...]

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37,07 Km
Airvault / Parthenay
Nature & small heritage, Cities and picturesque villages
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Airvault / Parthenay

An unforgettable stage, along quiet roads. The village of Airvault, with its abbey church, covered market and [...]

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25,37 Km
Champdeniers-St-Denis / Niort
Nature & small heritage, Cities and picturesque villages
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Champdeniers-St-Denis / Niort

Champdeniers-St-Denis makes for a surprising stop, with its amenities and its remarkably rich local heritage. The route [...]

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18,75 Km
Niort / Coulon
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Niort / Coulon

You stick close to the water’s edge, following the meanders of the Sèvre Niortaise River, alternating between the [...]

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18,06 Km
Coulon / Damvix / Bazoin
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Coulon / Damvix / Bazoin

Coulon, located at the heart of the wet marshes of the Marais Poitevin and set so prettily beside the Sèvre Niortaise [...]

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27,89 Km
Damvix / Bazoin / Marans
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Damvix / Bazoin / Marans

The Sèvre Niortaise remains your guide on this stage, except on two stretches, one where you follow the Canal du [...]

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25,54 Km
Marans / La Rochelle
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Marans / La Rochelle

This final stage of La Vélo Francette shares the way with the longer La Vélodyssée cycle route. You follow the Canal [...]

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