Saumur / Montreuil-Bellay La Vélo Francette: Normandy / Atlantic by bike
Elevation of the stage
Waytypes of the stage
Surface of the stage
Follow the signs indicating Le Thouet à Vélo once you have crossed the river between St-Hilaire-St-Florent and Saumur, at the level of Breil plain. Then a greenway leads beside the Thouet up to the port of Bagneux (in Saumur).
Take care at Munet, as you arrive at and exit the section with a surface suitable for traffic, as there are obstacles to limit access in the middle of the way.
You take a mix of quiet roads and farm tracks to reach Montreuil-Bellay.
SNCF train services
Saumur train station: TGV high-speed services and TER regional services, line 5 Nantes > Angers > Tours > Orléans and line 14 Les Sables d’Olonne > Bressuire > Saumur
Montreuil-Bellay train station: TER regional services, line 14 Les Sables-d’Olonne > Bressuire > Saumur
Saumur: the splendid hilltop Château des Ducs d’Anjou, dominating the town; beautiful churches and squares; wine cellars, including many underground ones; Cadre Noir elite riding corps at the presitigious national riding school, the Ecole Nationale d’Équitation; Musée des Blindés (tank museum); Distillerie Combier (producing liqueurs the old-fashioned way)
Artannes-sur-Thouet: St Peter’s Church; megalithic bridges
Montreuil-Bellay: fortified château and town dominating the Thouet Valley