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Sarthe by bike routes

  • 430 km

La Sarthe à Vélo consists of over 400km of signposted cycle routes through the varied county of Sarthe, lying between Normandy and the Loire Valley (and part of the historic province of Maine). The V44 route linking Alençon to Le Mans and Sablé follows the Sarthe River, boasting a rich cultural and historical legacy. In the south, enjoy following the secretive, unspoilt Loir (without an ‘e’) Valley, with its vineyards and castles. Two alternative routes add to the possibilities for exploring the county’s riches; in the north, a loop takes you through the Saosnois area, while in the south, a loop crosses the ancient Bercé Forest.

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Stages of « Sarthe by bike routes »

  • La Sarthe à vélo : Alençon / St-Léonard-des-Bois

    La Sarthe à vélo : Alençon / St-Léonard-des-Bois [33 km]

    Leaving Alençon, a town just in the southern Norman county of Orne, the V44 cycle route takes you along quiet roads by the Sarthe River and into the Alpes Mancelles. The way goes through delightful wooded, hilly parts, via charming villages such as Gesnes-le-Gandelin and Saint-Céneri-le-Gérei before reaching Saint-Léonard-des-Bois, below heights offering splendid views of the Sarthe Valley.

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  • La Sarthe à vélo : St-Léonard-des-Bois / Fresnay-sur-Sarthe

    La Sarthe à vélo : St-Léonard-des-Bois / Fresnay-sur-Sarthe [15 km]

    After Saint-Léonard-des-Bois the V44 cycle route takes you out of the hilly Alpes Mancelles to reach Fresnay-sur-Sarthe, a sweet little town designated a Petite Cité de Caractère, perched above the Sarthe River. At Fresnay, enjoy the lovely views over the Sarthe Valley. Further villages along the way reveal their own startling heritage.

    Difficulty: Intermediate View details
  • La Sarthe à vélo : Fresnay-sur-Sarthe / Beaumont-sur-Sarthe

    La Sarthe à vélo : Fresnay-sur-Sarthe / Beaumont-sur-Sarthe [18 km]

    After enjoying a wander through the streets of Fresnay-sur-Sarthe and visiting its château, cycle on through pleasing green countryside. Enjoy the views from Saint-Christophe-du-Jambet before arriving at the pretty village of Beaumont-sur-Sarthe, with its terraced gardens above the river.

    Difficulty: Intermediate View details
  • La Sarthe à vélo : Alençon / Mamers

    La Sarthe à vélo : Alençon / Mamers [29 km]

    The alternative eastern loop of the V44 cycle route takes you from Alençon, via quiet roads, to Mamers in the Saosnois area. After casting a final eye on Alençon Cathedral, enjoy the green countryside of the Parc Régional Normandie-Maine as you enter Perseigne Forest. Take in the view from its belvedere, at the highest point in the county of Sarthe, reachng 340m (just over 1000ft).

    Difficulty: expert View details
  • La Sarthe à vélo : Mamers / Beaumont-sur-Sarthe

    La Sarthe à vélo : Mamers / Beaumont-sur-Sarthe [30 km]

    This stage of cycle route V44 goes through the heart of the Saosnois area, taking you via its countryside and villages. From Mamers, capital of the Saosnois, a pretty greenway going along a disused railway line leads to Les Mées. The route continues along quiet country roads up to Beaumont-sur-Sarthe.

    Difficulty: Intermediate View details
  • La Sarthe à vélo : Beaumont-sur-Sarthe / Le Mans

    La Sarthe à vélo : Beaumont-sur-Sarthe / Le Mans [46 km]

    This stage of the V44 cycle route also acts as a link between the northern and southern loops of the greater La Sarthe à Vélo route. It goes from the little medieval town of Beaumont-sur-Sarthe to Le Mans, historic Plantagenet capital of the county of Sarthe. The way is well signposted as it meanders along quiet country roads via the villages of Montbizot, La Guierche and Neuville-sur-Sarthe to Le Mans’s outskirts.

    Difficulty: Intermediate View details
  • La Sarthe à vélo : Le Mans / La Suze-sur-Sarthe

    La Sarthe à vélo : Le Mans / La Suze-sur-Sarthe [28 km]

    Rejoin the V44 cycle route after the Sarthe’s confluence with the Huisne River. Leaving the city of Le Mans, a greenway takes you beside the Sarthe River or canals running parallel to it. Then the route takes you a bit away from the river, towards Spay, before you rejoin the river, going via Fillé-sur-Sarthe to La Suze-sur-Sarthe.

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  • La Sarthe à vélo : La Suze-sur-Sarthe / Noyen-sur-Sarthe

    La Sarthe à vélo : La Suze-sur-Sarthe / Noyen-sur-Sarthe [12 km]

    At La Suze-sur-Sarthe, you leave the banks of the Sarthe River for a time to cross the nearby woods and countryside. On this stage, the forests, meadows and agricultural fields typify the wider Maine Angevin area, where the historic provinces of Maine and Anjou meet. This short stage leads to Noyen-sur-Sarthe. Then the route continues to La Flèche and the Loir Valley.

    Difficulty: Intermediate View details
  • La Sarthe à vélo : Noyen-sur-Sarthe / Sablé-sur-Sarthe

    La Sarthe à vélo : Noyen-sur-Sarthe / Sablé-sur-Sarthe [26 km]

    This alternative route along the V44 will be signposted in due course. After going through hilly countryside, you cross the charming villages of Avoise and Asnières-sur-Vègre. Then you head for Solesmes and the impressive Benedictine Abbey of St Peter, its massive buildings rising beside the Sarthe River. The stage ends at Sablé-sur-Sarthe, a town at a confluence of pretty rivers and known for its buttery biscuits.

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  • La Sarthe à vélo : Noyen-sur-Sarthe / La Flèche

    La Sarthe à vélo : Noyen-sur-Sarthe / La Flèche [25 km]

    This extension of the Sarthe à Vélo V44 route enables you to go from Noyen-sur-Sarthe up to the town of La Flèche and the Loir Valley. This stage crosses green hills, leading to Malicorne-sur-Sarthe, a charming village set beside the Sarthe River and known for its pottery, to be discovered at the museum, Malicorne Espace Faïence.

    Difficulty: Intermediate View details
  • La Sarthe à vélo : La Flèche / Baugé

    La Sarthe à vélo : La Flèche / Baugé [10 km]

    This stage of La Sarthe à Vélo goes along a pretty greenway on a disused railway line, linking the French counties of Sarthe and Anjou. The way serves the zoo near La Flèche, one of the largest in France, presenting animals from five continents. The greenway continues through woods, allowing you to enjoy the calm of the local forests, before reaching the town of Baugé with its medieval castle.

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  • La Sarthe à Vélo : Le Mans / Le Grand-Lucé

    La Sarthe à Vélo : Le Mans / Le Grand-Lucé [30 km]

    Leaving central Le Mans, the V44 cycle route takes you to the banks of the Huisne and lovely greenways leading to the grand Plantagenet Epau Abbey and through L’Arche de la Nature, a protected nature zone on the edge of Le Mans, reflecting the different types of countryside to be found around the Sarthe. The route continues on quiet roads, going past meadows, hedgerows and forests, to Parigné-l’Evêque and Le Grand-Lucé.

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  • La Sarthe à vélo : Le Grand-Lucé / Château-du-Loir

    La Sarthe à vélo : Le Grand-Lucé / Château-du-Loir [30 km]

    From Le Grand-Lucé, the route heads for beautiful old Bercé Forest and the village of Jupilles, where the Carnuta Museum focusing on local life and the forest will surprise your senses. You then follow the course of the Dinan Stream, lined with lakes, via quiet roads. After Flée, the route joins the Loir Valley at the town of Château-du-Loir.

    Difficulty: Intermediate View details
  • La Vallée du Loir à vélo : Ruillé-sur-Loir / Château-du-Loir

    La Vallée du Loir à vélo : Ruillé-sur-Loir / Château-du-Loir [25 km]

    The Vallée du Loir à Vélo (Loir Valley by Bike – nb, this is the Loir without an ‘e’) starts its part in the county of Sarthe at Ruillé-sur-Loir, then goes to Château-du-Loir via La Chartre-sur-le-Loir and the wine-producing Coteaux du Loir slopes. Wine-lovers can enjoy discovering the rare Jasnières wines and Marçon vineyards. If you enjoy swimming, try Les Varennes Lake and its outdoor sports centre.

    Difficulty: Intermediate View details
  • La Vallée du Loir à vélo : Château-du-Loir / Le Lude

    La Vallée du Loir à vélo : Château-du-Loir / Le Lude [29 km]

    The Vallée du Loir à Vélo cycle route takes to the high ground above the town of Château-du-Loir before going back down to the River Loir. Enjoy the meadows, hedgerows and lakes as you pass through the valley. At Vaas, riding beside the Loir, go and see Rotrou Mill. Then continue on towards Le Lude.

    Difficulty: Intermediate View details
  • La Vallée du Loir à vélo : Le Lude / La Flèche

    La Vallée du Loir à vélo : Le Lude / La Flèche [20 km]

    The splendid Château du Lude and its formal French gardens make for a great visit. Then rejoin the Vallée du Loir à Vélo via a greenway. This lovely, gentle track takes you along a former railway line, up to the riverside town of La Flèche, where you can rejoin the V44 La Sarthe à Vélo route.

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  • La vallée du Loir à vélo : La Flèche / Bazouges

    La vallée du Loir à vélo : La Flèche / Bazouges [22 km]

    From La Flèche, this last stage of the Vallée du Loir à Vélo takes you along quiet, easy little country roads to Cré-sur-Loir. Pretty marshlands line the Loir in these parts, with reedbeds, riverside woods and watery meadows making up an unspoilt natural zone in the midst of the Pays Fléchois area.

    Difficulty: Intermediate View details