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The Scandibérique / EuroVelo 3

Canals & intimate rivers
1700 Km
Jeumont (59)
Estérençuby (64)
Helping link Trondheim in Norway to Santiago de Compostela in Spain, the Scandibérique – the French section of cycle route EuroVelo 3 – runs diagonally northeast to southwest across France for just over 1,700km. Leaving Belgium’s Wallonia Region, the Sambre Valley serves as the thread up to Maubeuge, then the route crosses the Thiérache area for Guise via the Avesnois and Axe Vert greenways. Next, it’s on to the Oise River and its parallel canal, turning for Halatte Forest and Senlis, crossing paths with the Avenue Verte London Paris cycle route. After this forested stretch, the Canal de l’Ourcq guides riders smoothly to the heart of the French capital. Then it’s the Seine’s banks southeast as far as St-Mammès, followed by the Loing and Briare Canals. After this, the Loire à Vélo and Scandibérique share the same route to the city of Tours. Next, it’s south via the Vienne River and the two Charente counties, stopping at Angoulême, French cartoon capital. South again, Bordeaux’s vineyards stand out, among many wine areas on this cycling adventure. The Scandibérique even does a little pirouette, following a stretch of the Canal Latéral à la Garonne and its accompanying Canal des 2 Mers à Vélo cycle route. Finally, our pilgrims’ route tackles Gascony as far as St-Jean-Pied-de-Port and an iconic Pyrenean pass.

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32,39 Km
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Thuin / Jeumont / Maubeuge

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Maubeuge / Liessies
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Maubeuge / Liessies

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Liessies / Hirson
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Liessies / Hirson

Leaving Liessies, enjoy a peaceful, wooded start along a greenway. This acts as a good warm-up, as, after Anor, you [...]

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24,18 Km
Etréaupont / Guise
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Etréaupont / Guise

A stage giving you a condensed summary of the Thiérache area’s delights, with its fortified churches, green meadows [...]

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24,84 Km
Guise / Ribemont
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Guise / Ribemont

Leaving Guise and its castle behind, the route cuts boldly via Macquigny to follow the meadow-lined banks of the Oise [...]

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25,65 Km
Ribemont / Tergnier
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Ribemont / Tergnier

Be prepared to be surprised by the Oise Valley! Here, the route passes below seven limestone slopes, at times closer to [...]

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24,27 Km
Tergnier / Noyon
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Tergnier / Noyon

From La Fère to Noyon, you ride along what Robert Louis Stevenson called ‘the Golden Valley’ in his travel book, [...]

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29,44 Km
Noyon / Compiègne
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Noyon / Compiègne

Leaving the little cathedral city of Noyon, the Oise Valley proves bucolic. It’s easy to weave your way along in [...]

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54,54 Km
Bondy / Corbeil-Essonnes
French rivers
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Bondy / Corbeil-Essonnes

From Bondy, the Scandibérique leads you boldly southwards along the Seine, through a mix of natural and industrial [...]

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25,99 Km
Corbeil-Essonnes / Melun
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Corbeil-Essonnes / Melun

After passing the big former Seine-side mills in the town of Corbeil-Essonnes, the Scandibérique then leads you south [...]

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19,62 Km
Melun / Fontainebleau
French rivers
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Melun / Fontainebleau

This stage offers a symphony of blues and greens, as you ride between the Seine and the vast Fontainebleau Forest. [...]

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30,68 Km
Fontainebleau / Nemours
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Fontainebleau / Nemours

At the level of St-Mammès, you shift from the Seine to follow the Canal du Loing. This stage is quieter than the [...]

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33,64 Km
Nemours / Montargis
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Nemours / Montargis

The Scandibérique continues through the Gâtinais area, along the towpath beside the Canal du Loing. This canal [...]

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40,59 Km
Briare / Sully-sur-Loire
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Briare / Sully-sur-Loire

You couldn’t wish for a more elegant link between the Scandibérique and Loire à Vélo cycle routes than via the [...]

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49,26 Km
Sully-sur-Loire / Orléans
French rivers
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Sully-sur-Loire / Orléans

After enjoying the green surrounds of the Château de Sully-sur-Loire, this Scandibérique stage leads you beside the [...]

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22,12 Km
Orléans / Meung-sur-Loire
French rivers
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Orléans / Meung-sur-Loire

A main gateway to the Loire Valley, Orléans is a city where the Loire and French history meet dramatically. The town [...]

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42,74 Km
Meung-sur-Loire / Blois
French rivers
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Meung-sur-Loire / Blois

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39,11 Km
Blois / Amboise
French rivers
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Blois / Amboise

The Scandibérique route leaves Blois along the Loire’s south bank, going via vine-covered slopes to [...]

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30,94 Km
Amboise / Tours
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Amboise / Tours

On this Scandibérique stage, to see the startling Chanteloup Pagoda, you need to follow the link towards the Cher [...]

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37,78 Km
Confolens / Massignac
Lake & Swim
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Confolens / Massignac

Leaving Confolens’s medieval bridge behind, the route takes you beside the Vienne River up to Exideuil, the way [...]

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34,80 Km
Massignac / Marthon
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Massignac / Marthon

This stage takes you along minor county roads offering lovely views, but steep climbs too! Along the way, the valleys [...]

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31,61 Km
Marthon / Angoulême
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Marthon / Angoulême

The Scandibérique now doubles up with La Flow Vélo cycle route heading to France’s cartoon capital, Angoulême. [...]

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46,29 Km
Clérac / Libourne
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Clérac / Libourne

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38,78 Km
Libourne / Créon
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Libourne / Créon

This Scandibérique stage is associated with luscious ruby reds, as you cross the dense vineyards of the St-Emilion [...]

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24,76 Km
Créon / Bordeaux
In the vineyards
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Créon / Bordeaux

The vine-covered limestone plateau between the Garonne and Dordogne Rivers east of Bordeaux is known as [...]

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53,13 Km
Bordeaux / Hostens
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Bordeaux / Hostens

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45,28 Km
Hostens / Langon
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Hostens / Langon

After enjoying all the outdoor possibilities at Hostens, the Scandibérique continues south, via a long stretch of [...]

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67,64 Km
Langon / Buzet-sur-Baïse
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Langon / Buzet-sur-Baïse

From Langon, the route joins the Canal de Garonne at Castets-en-Dorthe. Cycling along the next stretch, you can chart [...]

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31,15 Km
Buzet-sur-Baïse / Mézin
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Buzet-sur-Baïse / Mézin

The Scandibérique route now heads for the Pyrenees, taking you into the historical territories of the young Henri de [...]

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Mézin / Escalans
Old railway
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Mézin / Escalans

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Mont-de-Marsan / Dax
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Dax / Urt
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Dax / Urt

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Urt / Saint-Palais
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