Hop on your bike, sleep here, lunch there and above all, take your time. Whether you’re riding solo, with family or friends, the 200km of cycling trails alongside the Loire, from Montsoreau in the east to Champtoceaux in the west, are sure to fulfil your desire for fresh air and open spaces.
Enjoy the many panoramic views of the UNESCO heritage listed river Loire. Have a break at the abbey church in Saint-Florent-le-Vieil and get one of the most spectacular views of the valley.
Then take to the water in Montjean-sur-Loire or Le Thoureil for a cruise in a traditional wooden fishing boat.
Go wine-tasting and sight-seeing around Saumur, visit the abbey at Fontevraud and freewheel through the green countryside around Angers. You’ll marvel at the views of the Loire in western Anjou where the river is at its wildest.
The Loire à Vélo isn’t just a trail, it’s a complete holiday. You’ll find all you need along the way. There are specially designed picnic areas and over a hundred places to stopover: hotels, guest houses, campsites and accommodation for groups.
You can be sure of a warm welcome and high standards thanks to the Accueil Vélo (Cyclists’ Welcome) label which also applies to the cycle rental companies located along the route. Your hosts are used to catering for cyclists and provide all you need, from hearty breakfasts, to bicycle shelters and repair kits as well as tourist information and useful tips. Just ask!
To get an idea of what Anjou has in store for you, take a look at the suggested itineraries on anjou-cycling.co.uk before you leave home.
On November 2012, at the prestigious British Guild of Travel Writers awards ceremony held in London, the Loire à Vélo trail won the prize for the Best European Tourism Project.