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La Vélo Francette, the Loire valley from Angers to Saumur

[ Cycle routes La Vélo Francette - From Normandy to the Atlantic by bike ]
  • 58 km

Discover the Loire Valley through the prism of La Vélo Francette, and through the clear natural light that illuminates the rich heritage of this exceptionally beautiful area. Reaching the village of Gennes, you can choose to head on to Saumur either via the Loire’s north bank or south bank route. There are glorious views and riverside pleasures to enjoy whichever of the two ways you choose.

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The 3 stages of the section « La Vélo Francette, the Loire valley from Angers to Saumur »

  • La Vélo Francette from Angers to St-Mathurin through Bouchemaine

    La Vélo Francette from Angers to St-Mathurin through Bouchemaine [34.5 km]

    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.

    Difficulty: Family view the detail
  • La Vélo Francette from Angers to St-Mathurin through Trélazé

    La Vélo Francette from Angers to St-Mathurin through Trélazé [28.2 km]

    This alternative stage for leaving Angers goes via the dark blue slate mines southeast of the city centre on to the light blue waters of the Loire. The track through the disused slate mines at Trélazé is remarkably well laid out, crossing a former industrial landscape turned into a discovery park, with intriguing vistas, picnic areas, sports and leisure areas, a museum and an open-air craft display area.

    Difficulty: Intermediate view the detail
  • La Vélo Francette from St-Mathurin to Saumur

    La Vélo Francette from St-Mathurin to Saumur [29.1 km]

    This stage is shared by La Vélo Francette and the Loire à Vélo. Two options: either follow the route from Gennes along the Loire’s south bank up to Saint-Hilaire-St-Florent (on the western side of Saumur town); or cross the bridge at Gennes and follow the alternative route along the north bank of the Loire to Saumur. Whichever way you opt for, the waterside stretches passing Loire flora, fauna and traditional boats are glorious.

    Difficulty: Intermediate view the detail