La Loire à Vélo (The Loire by Bike) cycle trail is one of the most attractive ways to discover the treasures of the Loire Valley. From one château to the next, follow the course of the Loire as you pedal along 900 km of perfectly signposted and well-surfaced paths and roads to its end in the estuary. Along the way, take in the magical scenery of peaceful countryside, vineyards that stretch as far as the eye can see, the sparkling waters of the Loire itself and even troglodyte dwellings.
A cycle route that follows the Loire down towards its mouth
900 km of countryside trails, alternating cycle paths and quiet roads traveling from castle to castle along the Loire Valley… This is what awaits you along La Loire à Vélo route. The only trail of its kind, it attracts about a million riders every year from all over the world.
Perfectly laid out and signposted in both directions, the route connects Cuffy in the Cher département to Saint-Brévin-les-Pins, where the Loire flows into the Atlantic Ocean.
With unspoilt river banks, Loire Châteaux and vineyards flanking the hills, La Loire à Vélo offers unique countryside scenery, some of which were listed in 2000 as a “living cultural landscape” by UNESCO World Heritage.
La Loire à Vélo: from Loire Châteaux to villages full of character
From one end of the Loire Valley to the other, La Loire à Vélo runs through iconic towns of the Loire Valley including Orléans, Blois, Amboise, Tours, Saumur, Angers and Nantes… all of them are must-see destinations! As you travel along the river and its tributaries (Cher, Indre, Vienna, Maine, Thouet etc.) your journey will be punctuated by pretty villages, troglodytic quarries, flowery gardens and the prestigious Châteaux of the Loire.
No other cycle route offers such a high concentration of historical monuments. From the Château of Sully-sur-Loire to that of the Dukes of Brittany in Nantes, there are 22 Great Sites of the Loire Valley dotted along the way. To name just a few: the famous châteaux of Chambord, Amboise, Chenonceau, Azay-le-Rideau, Saumur and the Abbey of Fontevraud.
Finally, you should remember that La Loire à Vélo crosses many other major cycling routes such as the Vélodyssée (Bikeodyssey), Châteaux à Vélo (Châteaux by bicycle), l’Indre à vélo (the Indre by bicycle), La Vélocéan, La Vélo Francette and Saint-Jacques à Vélo (St James’s Way by bicycle).
Moreover, La Loire à Vélo is part of the Eurovélo 6, the great European cycle route that covers more than 3,600 km and connects the Atlantic Ocean to the Black Sea.
Accueil Vélo: help and hospitality at hand
Along the way you will find more than 600 establishments (accommodation, tourist offices, rental and bicycle repairers, tourist sites) that have been accredited with the French Accueil Vélo label, all ready to welcome and advise you.