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Via Allier

Canals & intimate rivers
1 week or more
435 Km
I cycle often
Nevers
Langogne
The Via Allier cycle route offers cyclists the chance to tackle the Allier, a major Loire tributary, heading upstream. The way starts from the Allier’s confluence with the Loire, close to the city of Nevers, going down to Langogne, a town close to which the Allier springs. The adventure begins where the Allier’s waters meet the Loire’s, at the Bec d’Allier. Follow, by bike, the migrating wild salmon journeying this way from the Atlantic, heading up the Allier, crossing the historic region of Auvergne north to south! Along the way, admire a whole variety of landscapes, going from alluvial flood plains and cereal plains, via the Auvergne’s volcanoes and its heritage-filled towns and villages, to the spectacular finale of the Allier Gorges. This cycle route mostly follows quiet country roads. It doesn’t present any particular difficulties, except along the final third, where it becomes markedly steeper.

Waytypes of the cycle route

By road: 405,53 km Cycle path: 43,99 km

435km by bike following the Allier River from Nevers to Langogne

Signposting and layout along the Via Allier

The Via Allier cycle route is mainly laid out along quiet country roads with little traffic. Between Billy and Saint-Yorre, a greenway has been put in place.
The cycle route is signposted with green and white signs, sometimes featuring the route’s logo.

Levels of difficulty and terrain

Between Nevers and Pont-du-Château, the Via Allier cycle route doesn’t present any particular difficulties. On the final third of the route, between Pont-du-Château and Langogne, there are much steeper sections only suitable for seasoned cyclists or those on electric bikes. 

Trains and train stations (gares in French) to use to reach this cycle route

The Via Allier cycle route is pretty well served by SNCF (French National Railways) train stations. These stations lie close to the route, allowing you to join or leave it with ease by train.

Most of the train lines in these parts are served by TER regional trains, for which you’re not required to reserve a space in advance to board with your bike. Note, though, the exception of the Intercités trains serving the Clermont-Ferrand > Paris line via Vichy, Moulins and Nevers, for which you need to reserve both a seat for yourself and a space for your bike (at time of writing, the cost was €10€ per bike).

Some lines connected to the main towns of the Via Allier

To return to Nevers by train from Langogne

From Langogne, change at Clermont-Ferrand to reach Nevers.

TER Langogne > Clermont-Ferrand (3h15) then TER or Intercités Clermont-Ferrand > Nevers (1h30)

Cycle routes interconnected with Via Allier

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Nevers / Sancoins

Your journey along the Via Allier cycle route begins in the ducal city of Nevers. You’re led across the Loire, [...]

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Sancoins / Le Veurdre

The Via Allier cycle route now enters the département, or French county, of Allier. This stage recalls the centuries [...]

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Le Veurdre / Moulins

Your adventure along the Via Allier cycle route continues along this fine Loire tributary, considered one of the last [...]

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Vichy / Puy-Guillaume

Well-rested and relaxed, cycle south from Vichy by getting back on the greenway alongside the Allier River, riding [...]

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Vic-le-Comte / Issoire

On this Via Allier stage, very visible ancient volcanic lava flows give a distinctive look to the terrain, with steep [...]

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Issoire / Brassac-les-Mines

On this hillier Via Allier stage, you’re reminded of the daily graft of bygone days, when miners extracted coal from [...]

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Brassac-les-Mines / Brioude

The Via Allier cycle route continues through former coal-mining lands, leading you into the département, or French [...]

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Brioude / Lavoûte-Chilhac

After a few kilometres of cycling between Brioude and Vieille-Brioude, the Via Allier cycle route finally takes you [...]

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Lavoûte-Chilhac / Langeac

The Via Allier cycle route looks down on the river here, offering lovely views from one meander to the next. The way [...]

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Langeac / Prades

Your adventure along the Via Allier cycle route now takes a distinctly different turn. The way you’ve already ridden [...]

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