Alternating between greenways, cycle paths and minor roads. Take care crossing the D12 road on the Loire’s north bank at the level of Muides-sur-Loire.
Surfacing smooth: mainly asphalt along this stage
At Muides Bridge, it’s possible to head off to explore the network of cycling trails covered by the châteaux à vélo network and, most significantly, to adopt an alternative EV3 route going via Chambord – this magnificent stretch offers a mix of changing landscapes and iconic stops.
At Muides Bridge, link to the town of Mer’s SNCF train station.
- SNCF train stations at Meung sur Loire, Beaugency, Mer and Blois
- Meung-sur-Loire: the château; Saint-Liphard collegiate church; the Jardin de Roquelin (a garden open to the public)
- Beaugency: the whole medieval town centre of this member of Les Plus Beaux Détours de France
- Tavers: Les Fontenils bubbling natural lake waters
- Herbilly: an historic hamlet
- Suèvres: the picturesque village; St Lubin Church; the mill
- Ménars: Château Pompadour (private, but a magnificent sight viewed from the Loire’s south bank)
- Blois: the historic royal centre; the remarkable royal château
- St-Dyé-sur-Loire: the Loire port that served for the building of the huge 16th-century Château de Chambord nearby; the remarkable basilica; the old lanes; the Maison de la Loire (with exhibitions and events around the theme of the Loire)
- The Pays des Châteaux: great châteaux in this area include Chambord, Villesavin, Cheverny and Beauregard...