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Alongside Erdre river Nantes by bike

Canals & intimate rivers
17,74 Km
1 h 11 min
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Alongside Erdre river
Nantes
Sucé-sur-Erdre
Making use of the Vélodyssée cycle route, this cycling trip allows you to escape Nantes, benefiting from the peaceful Erdre River on a day out, perhaps with the family, riding as far as the river port of Sucé-sur-Erdre. In summer, at La Chapelle-sur-Erdre, make the most of a stop at the site of La Gandonnière, laid out by architectural practice Fichtre, to enjoy a drink or meal looking over the river.
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The route

Start: Nantes Tourisme, opposite the Château de Nantes.

  • Short cycling outing, 12km in length, not signposted. Outbound along the Erdre’s west bank / returning via the east bank, shortening the trip’s overall length by taking the cycle track across the Erdre at the level of La Jonelière railway bridge
  • Long cycling outing, 37km in length. Return journey Nantes > Sucé-sur-Erdre using the signposted La Vélodyssée cycle route, plus a potential alternative stretch, not signposted, to discover the Erdre’s riverbanks

Places at which to take special care

  • Stretch strictly forbidden for bikes between La Grimaudière and La Gandonnière, as it’s a protected nature zone
  • In the Domaine de la Desnerie, watch out for potholes

After Port-Barbe, there’s a slightly difficult climb (with an earth track and shallow steps). 

Tourist Office

SNCF train services

  • Tram train line Nantes Nort-sur-Erdre Châteaubriant, accepts bikes on board 
  • Nantes train station, TER regional trains stopping at La Chapelle-sur-Erdre Centre, La Chapelle-Aulnay and Sucé-sur-Erdre.

Don't miss

  • Nantes: Île Versailles (a garden-island); La Jonelière quays
  • La Chapelle-sur-Erdre: the Domaine de La Desnerie, with woods; Port de la Grimaudière; the Erdre River at La Gandonnière
  • Sucé-sur-Erdre: the port

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