Canals & intimate rivers
14,21 Km
56 min
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14,21 km cycling route from Beaulieu-sur-Loire to Briare

Travel by waterway has pride of place along this beautiful stretch of the Loire à Vélo. The highlight is Mantelot Lock by Châtillon-sur-Loire, where boats once gathered to cross the Loire, before the construction of the canal-bridge at nearby Briare. Lock and canal-bridge are both splendid constructions not to be missed. This section is easy, mainly on greenways.

Elevation of the stage

1 m 0 m

Waytypes of the stage

Cycle path: 4,86 km By road: 9,35 km

Surface of the stage

Lisse: 11,33 km Rugueux: 1,65 km Accidenté: 0,84 km Inconnu: 0,39 km


Choose between two routes from Beaulieu-sur-Loire to Châtillon-sur-Loire, one along the river’s east bank, via Bonny-sur-Loire and Ousson-sur-Loire, the other via the west bank and the Ecluse de Mantelot, passing between the Loire and its parallel Canal Latéral.

Don’t miss

Beaulieu-sur-Loire: extraordinary pyramidal barns; its section of the Canal Latéral à la Loire; the local vineyards
Bonny-sur-Loire: the fortified old town and St Aignan Church; its islands on the Loire
Ousson-sur-Loire: an historic village with picturesque lanes, plus the promenade beside the Loire
Châtillon-sur-Loire: once an important port along the Loire, with the beautiful Mantelot Lock set beside the river
Briare: its famed canal-bridge designed by Eiffel; its lively, appealing marina; the Musée des Deux Marines and Musée du Pont-Canal, dedicated to waterways; the Musée de la Mosaïque et des Emaux, plus the mosaics of St Etienne Church; the Château de Trousse-Barrière


  • Beaulieu-sur-Loire : Wednesday morning
  • Bonny-sur-Loire : Saturday morning

Tourist Information Centre

  • Belleville-sur-Loire : +33 (0)2 48 72 54 96
  • Beaulieu-sur-Loire : +33 (0)2 38 35 87 24
  • Bonny-sur-Loire : +33 (0)2 38 31 57 71

Link routes and alternatives to this stage

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Alternative 1

Beaulieu-sur-Loire / Briare

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