Moulins / Chantelle The Grande Traversée du Massif Central by mountain bike
Next, you ascend to plateaux planted with vineyards in the Saint-Pourçain wine-making area. Verneuil-en-Bourbonnais, a charming, characterful village, offers an ideal place to rest your studded tyres! Cross the steep-sided, refreshing Bouble Gorges to reach Chantelle and its abbey.
Heading out from Moulins, you quickly arrive at the Réserve Naturelle Nationale du Val d’Allier, via comfortable paths. After a portion on tarmac, cross Moladier Forest and the Bocage Bourbonnais on pleasant, easy tracks, to arrive at Châtel-de-Neuvre. Then you alternate between stretches on paths and on quiet country roads, leading you through the St Pourcinois vineyards. After Cesset, cross the stream via a wooden-plank bridge. Before reaching Chantelle, note that the descent through the Bouble Gorges can be challenging in the rain.