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La Loire à Vélo - Loire Valley by bike

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La Loire à Vélo
  • Cyclistes devant le château de Chambord
    Cyclistes devant le château de Chambord
    Photo: D. Darrault, CRT Centre-Val de Loire
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The Loire by bike is simply the leading cycling route in France, with more than 1 million cyclists riding it every year. And for good reason, if you want to discover cycling, what could be better, frankly?
easy
Distance 757.2 km
53:23 h
2,599 m
2,751 m
185 m
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A mythical and wild river, an exceptional history and a classification of the Val-de-Loire as a world heritage site by Unesco, a land made of vineyards on hillsides, etc.

The Loire à Vélo is also a large part of the EuroVélo6, an itinerary that links the Atlantic to the Black Sea, over nearly 3600 km.

And the route, signposted and made up of cycle paths and quiet roads, is accessible to all, with the possibility of adapting the stages according to your abilities and desires...

We propose for our part an itinerary in 13 stages, in total 688km for an average of 52km per day.

The River:

The river is wide and powerful, with numerous sandbanks and vegetated gravel pits sheltering a rich fauna. The course of its many tributaries (the Cher, the Indre, the Loiret, the Vienne...) is just as pleasant.

The châteaux:

The Loire Valley destination is inseparable from French history, and the many châteaux (Chenonceau, Amboise, Blois, Chambord etc...) have largely contributed to the classification as World Heritage by UNESCO since 2000.

The vineyards:

The Loire by bike can also be considered as a superb wine route. You will cross the Sancerrois region and its vineyards and continue through more than 8000 hectares of AOC wines in the Loire Valley... Good wine tasting evenings are in prospect along the way.

Towns and villages:

Big and beautiful historical cities are crossed by the Loire and its tributaries (Sancerre, Orleans, Blois, Amboise, Tours, Angers, Nantes), but also charming and typical villages of the Loire Valley (Apremont sur Allier, Montsoreau...).

Author’s recommendation

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Difficulty
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Highest point
185 m
Lowest point
-1 m
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Track types

Asphalt 1.74%Forested/wild trail 0.39%Road 0%Unknown 97.85%
Asphalt
13.2 km
Forested/wild trail
3 km
Road
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740.9 km
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Safety information

In case of emergency, call 112

Tips and hints

Start

Nevers (174 m)
Coordinates:
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46.959667, 3.181499
DMS
46°57'34.8"N 3°10'53.4"E
UTM
31T 513808 5200698
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Destination

Saint-Nazaire

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Public transport

  • The cities on the route are accessible by train: TGV, Intercité and TER.
  • The following towns are accessible by TGV: Saint-Pierre-des-Corps, Tours, Angers, Nantes, Saint-Nazaire.

Getting there

Many of the towns on the Loire à Vélo route (Orléans, Blois, Amboise, Tours, Saumur, Angers, Nantes) are very well served by the motorway network.

Coordinates

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46.959667, 3.181499
DMS
46°57'34.8"N 3°10'53.4"E
UTM
31T 513808 5200698
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Before you leave: 

  • Make sure that the bike is in perfect mechanical condition, not to mention the tires and brakes
  • Make sure that the bike is correctly adjusted to your body shape
  • Wearing a helmet is strongly recommended
  • Take a repair kit with you
  • Remember that the Highway Traffic Act applies to cyclists in all circumstances
  • Never drive more than two lanes at a time and pull into a single lane when traffic conditions require.
  • Respect other users as you would like them to respect you
  • Choose a route adapted to your physical abilities
  • Inform your family and friends of your itinerary
  • Find out about the weather conditions
  • A first aid kit is not essential, but can be very useful
  • Be informed and keep the emergency numbers.
  • Respect the environment by not throwing your food packaging on the side of the road
  • If you have to return at nightfall, make sure you see and also be seen

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Difficulty
easy
Distance
757.2 km
Duration
53:23 h
Ascent
2,599 m
Descent
2,751 m
Highest point
185 m
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  • 13 Stages
recommended route Difficulty easy Stage 1
Distance 57.8 km
Duration 4:05 h
Ascent 18 m
Descent 37 m

Le départ officiel de "La Loire à Vélo" se situe pour être tout à fait exact à Cuffy dans le Cher.Ce 1er tronçon vous permettra de parcourir un ...

La Loire à Vélo
Bicycle Ride · Centre-Val de Loire
La Loire à vélo - De Pouilly-sur-Loire à Briare
recommended route Difficulty easy Stage 2
Distance 56.7 km
Duration 3:55 h
Ascent 20 m
Descent 30 m

Le 2nd tronçon de la Loire à vélo vous mènera au pied des collines de Sancerre, qui abritent les fameux vignobles. Vous passerez ensuite aux portes ...

La Loire à Vélo
Difficulty easy Stage 3
Distance 40.6 km
Duration 2:48 h
Ascent 57 m
Descent 82 m

Ce 3ème tronçon de la Loire à vélo vous mène de Briare à Sully-sur-Loire, entrée officielle du Val de Loire, classé par l’UNESCO au patrimoine ...

La Loire à Vélo
Difficulty easy Stage 4
Distance 49.2 km
Duration 3:24 h
Ascent 12 m
Descent 32 m

Un 4ème tronçon de la Loire à vélo via Chateauneuf-sur-Loire, ancien port fluvial, qui vous mènera à la cité de la pucelle d'Orléans.

La Loire à Vélo
Difficulty moderate Stage 5
Distance 75.1 km
Duration 5:10 h
Ascent 35 m
Descent 65 m

Un 5ème tronçon relativement long, qui traverse la Sologne puis qui fait un détour via un des plus majestueux châteaux d'Europe, Chambord.Si le ...

La Loire à Vélo
Difficulty easy Stage 6
Distance 39.3 km
Duration 2:51 h
Ascent 122 m
Descent 82 m

Cette 6ème étape de notre parcours la Loire à vélo vous mènera au cœur de la vallée des rois et de ses châteaux, avec comme point d'orgue Amboise ...

La Loire à Vélo
Difficulty moderate Stage 7
Distance 60 km
Duration 4:12 h
Ascent 187 m
Descent 237 m

Ce 7ème tronçon de notre parcours la Loire à vélo nous mène via un petit détour au joyau Chenonceau, avant de regagner le cours du fleuve et de ...

La Loire à Vélo
Difficulty easy Stage 8
Distance 51.9 km
Duration 3:34 h
Ascent 46 m
Descent 68 m

Ce 8ème tronçon de notre parcours la Loire à vélo nous mènera notamment aux châteaux prestigieux de Villandry, Azay-le-Rideau et Ussé.

La Loire à Vélo
Difficulty easy Stage 9
Distance 41.3 km
Duration 2:56 h
Ascent 117 m
Descent 119 m

Au programme de ce 9ème tronçon : Loire sauvage, superbes panoramas, vignobles et maisons troglodytes.

La Loire à Vélo
Difficulty easy Stage 10
Distance 56.9 km
Duration 3:57 h
Ascent 41 m
Descent 20 m

Vous suivrez la Loire jusqu’à Angers avec des points de vue pittoresques sur le fleuve et ses îles, les coteaux viticoles, les maisons troglodytes ...

La Loire à Vélo
Difficulty easy Stage 11
Distance 52.5 km
Duration 3:37 h
Ascent 76 m
Descent 114 m

11ème tronçon de notre parcours Loire à vélo, vous longerez une Loire sauvage et traverserez jolis villages et fameux vignobles Angevins.

La Loire à Vélo
Difficulty easy Stage 12
Distance 54 km
Duration 3:41 h
Ascent 21 m
Descent 34 m

Sur le 12ème tronçon de notre parcours Loire à vélo, vous rejoindrez d'abord le site remarquable de Champtoceaux puis sentirez les influences ...

La Loire à Vélo
Bicycle Ride · Loire-Atlantique
La Loire à vélo - De Nantes à Saint-Brevin
recommended route Difficulty easy Stage 13
Distance 59.7 km
Duration 4:03 h
Ascent 21 m
Descent 5 m

Le 13ème et dernier tronçon que nous vous proposons pour ce parcours de la Loire à vélo vous emmènera de Nantes jusqu'à l'estuaire de la Loire et ...

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