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La Flow Vélo

In the vineyards, Canals & intimate rivers, Nature & small heritage
290 Km
30 PHOTOS
Thiviers
Île-d'Aix
Going from the Périgord Vert in the Dordogne to the Atlantic, La Flow Vélo cycle route provides a lovely adventure beside rivers and through the département (or French county) of Charente. The 290km route starts at Thiviers. Extremely relaxing, it crosses picturesque, verdant landscapes and character-filled towns and villages. Several unmissable places cry out for you to enjoy a halt: Angoulême, French comics capital; Cognac, renowned for its eponymous brandy; and Rochefort, with its exceptional maritime heritage. This cycle route leads on to the Atlantic. At the end, you might explore the islands of Aix or Oléron, just out to sea, or head up to the coastal city of La Rochelle.

Route marking

The Flow Vélo is entirely signposted from Thiviers to the Atlantic Ocean. Arrangements to bring the itinerary as close as possible to the Charente River are planned, read the descriptions of the different stages to keep you informed. 

Trains and transport along La Flow Vélo

The route is well served in stations, but be careful in peak periods when the transport of bicycles is complicated on TER trains.

  • Thiviers station (departure): TER line Limoges - Périgueux with TER connection Périgueux - Bordeaux
  • Angoulême train station: TER and TGV stations (Paris, Bordeaux, Poitiers) - TER line Angoulême - Châteauneuf-sur-Charente - Jarnac - Cognac - Saintes - Saujon - Royan
  • Cognac train station : TER line Angoulême - Châteauneuf-sur-Charente - Jarnac - Cognac - Saintes - Saujon - Royan
  • Saintes train station: TER line Angoulême - Châteauneuf-sur-Charente - Jarnac - Cognac - Saintes - Saujon - Royan; TER and Intercity lines for La Rochelle and Bordeaux
  • Rochefort train station (last station on the route) : TER and Intercity lines for La Rochelle, Saintes, Bordeaux

Boats to and from the island of Aix

  • Link Fouras - Island of Aix
  • Island of Aix - La Rochelle
  • Island of Aix - Island of Oleron
30,87 Km
Thiviers / Nontron
Nature & small heritage
I cycle often

Thiviers / Nontron

Thiviers, in the heart of the Dordogne’s Périgord Vert, is the starting point of your cycling adventure along La [...]

25,98 Km
Nontron / Marthon
Nature & small heritage
I begin / Family

Nontron / Marthon

This stage of La Flow Vélo will delight those of you who appreciate nature and tranquillity. The cycle route crosses [...]

31,71 Km
Marthon / Angoulème
Canals & intimate rivers

Marthon / Angoulème

La Flow Vélo now heads for Angoulême, French capital of comics and drawing. Following Le Bandiat’s valley, the [...]

25,37 Km
Angoulème / Châteauneuf-sur-Charente
In the vineyards, Canals & intimate rivers
I begin / Family

Angoulème / Châteauneuf-sur-Charente

The Charente River now becomes the main thread on your journey along La Flow Vélo. The route takes you gently out of [...]

35,93 Km
Châteauneuf-sur-Charente / Cognac
In the vineyards, Canals & intimate rivers, Nature & small heritage
I begin / Family

Châteauneuf-sur-Charente / Cognac

Taking you through the heart of the Charentais vineyards, La Flow Vélo zigzags between river and vineyards. The neat [...]

37,83 Km
Cognac / Saintes
Canals & intimate rivers, Nature & small heritage
I begin / Family

Cognac / Saintes

Riding off along the town of Cognac’s quays makes for a fine start to the next stage of La Flow Vélo. Along this [...]

23,03 Km
Saintes / Saint-Savinien
Canals & intimate rivers, Nature & small heritage
I begin / Family

Saintes / Saint-Savinien

After Saintes, you feel the pull of the ocean. The rivers become tidal and there are regular river ports along the way, [...]

38,99 Km
Saint-Savinien / Rochefort
Castles & Monuments, Nature & small heritage
I begin / Family

Saint-Savinien / Rochefort

Leaving Saint-Savinien, you first repeat a bit of the way from the end of the previous stage, then head through fields [...]

26,75 Km
Rochefort / Fouras / Ile d'Aix
Seaside
I begin / Family

Rochefort / Fouras / Ile d'Aix

Escape Rochefort’s arsenal for the last stage of La Flow Vélo, the sea’s influence increasingly evident. The route [...]

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