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The Vallée du Loir by bike

Nature & small heritage
236 Km
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Illiers-Combray
Durtal
Discover the joys of the Vallée du Loir by bike. This Loir Valley, designated a Pays d’Art et d’Histoire for its cultural riches, crosses the southern part of the county of Sarthe. From Ruillé-sur-Loir to Château-du-Loir via Marçon and La Chartre-sur-le-Loir, the way meanders through the Jasnières and Coteaux du Loir vines. You then pass lakes and pastures up to Le Lude, with its fine château and gardens. A greenway leads on to La Flèche, an historic riverside town with a major zoo.

Signposting and state of the itinerary

The Vallée du Loir by bike is a cycling itinerary linked to two other routes : V41 and V47.

The largest part of the itinerary (90%) is developped on shared lanes (with motorized vehicles) with few traffic. 

 

Services and accomodations "Accueil Vélo" ("Cyclists Welcome") on The Vallée du Loir by bike

Nearly 20 accomodations (campings, hotels, lodges, guest houses) "Accueil Vélo" ("Cyclists Welcome") are located at less than 5km away from the itinerary and they guarantee quality services for cyclists such as a closed garage for example. We strongly advise to book your accomodations in advance (including campings), especially in touristic areas.

 

Trains and public transports alongside The Vallée du Loir by bike

You can reach the itinerary by train easily from Paris and several trains are also available between various parts of the route.

  • Ligne TGV Paris - Tours : arrêt à Vendôme
  • Ligne TGV Paris / Le Mans / Nantes : arrêt à Angers
  • Ligne Intercité Paris / Chartres / Le Mans : nombreux arrêts entre Paris et Chartres
  • Ligne Intercité Paris / Châteaudun / Vendôme / Tours : nombreux arrêts entre Châteaudun et Vendôme
  • Ligne TER Paris / Chartres / Le Mans : nombreux arrêts entre Paris et Chartres
  • Ligne TER Paris / Chartres / Droué : arrêt à Illiers-Combray
  • Ligne TER Le Mans / Tours : arrêts à Château du Loir et Vaas
  • Autobus SNCF : Le Mans / La Flèche / Saumur

Long-time parkings on the itinerary

23,28 Km
Ruillé-sur-Loir / Château-du-Loir
In the vineyards, Nature & small heritage
I cycle often

Ruillé-sur-Loir / Château-du-Loir

29,12 Km
Château-du-Loir / Le Lude
Castles & Monuments, Nature & small heritage
I cycle often

Château-du-Loir / Le Lude

21,50 Km
Le Lude / La Flèche
Castles & Monuments, Nature & small heritage
I cycle often

Le Lude / La Flèche

22,56 Km
La Flèche / Durtal
Castles & Monuments, Nature & small heritage
I cycle often

La Flèche / Durtal

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