Sancoins / Saint-Amand-Montrond Saint-Jacques à vélo - Via Vézelay
Elevation of the stage
Waytypes of the stage
Surface of the stage
Cycle route from Sancoins to Saint-Amand-Montrond
Riding along this provisional portion of the Saint-Jacques à Vélo - Via Vézelay cycle route, do pay attention to the provisional yellow signposting and refer frequently to your roadbook. By this stage, you should have become pretty good at spotting the distinctive yellow signs!
Just before Charenton-sur-Cher, ride along for several hundred metres on the D951 road, which offers a good surface but is quite busy. It’s not that this stretch poses major difficulties, but the contrast with the more peaceful country roads you’ve got used to cycling along from Vézelay is noticeable.
Take care of the further crossing of the D951 road just before reaching Saint-Amand-Montrond.
After Saint-Amand-Montrond, the cycle route’s signposting reverts to the previous signage, consisting of green cycling signs carrying the logo of the Santiago de Compostela pilgrimage ways through France, the yellow scallop shell on a blue background.
An alternative cycle route offers you the possibility of a detour to Noirlac Abbey. A masterpiece of Cistercian architecture, in its nine centuries it has witnessed many historical upheavals. Now a cultural centre, the abbey’s programme includes artistic events throughout the year, so look out for exhibitions and consult the cultural diary here.
- Agence française des chemins de Compostelle – 05 62 27 00 05
- Office de Tourisme Intercommunal Cœur de France, Place de la République, 18200 Saint-Amand-Montrond – 02 48 96 16 86
- Agence de développement touristique du Cher
SNCF train services
- Saint-Amand-Montrond station, with direct trains to Montluçon, Bourges and Vierzon
- Sancoins: marché des Grivelles (a livestock market, sales by auction)
- Lieu-dit Le Breuil: the Marmande spillway, at the place named Le Breuil, where the Marmande River crosses the Canal de Berry from a perpendicular angle, with some of the water diverted off to supply the canal, while surplus water flows down into the riverbed thanks to the extensive overflow
- Saint-Amand-Montrond: the grounds of the fort with its tiers of bastions contain several remarkable trees and are well worth a visit; the Musée Saint-Vic is a museum covering regional history and art, the latter going from prehistory to the contemporary, one notable piece on display being the bust of Ancien Régime military man, Le Grand Condé.
- Noirlac: its notable Cistercian abbey is known as an exceptional spot in the old province of Berry, inspiring respect, silence and fascination.