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Loire Valley Cycling Routes

The best Loire Valley Cycle Routes expertly created by Loire Life Cycling.

Whatever cycle route you choose you are guaranteed quiet roads, beautiful scenery and lots of variety.

Loire Valley Cycle Route Packs

Ten years of experience have gone into creating our route packs.  Each route has an annotated map, a supporting set of written route directions and an entirely optional GPS file for uploading to your Garmin or Smartphone.

We’ve created a route catalogue which you can browse at your leisure and with our help create your own Loire cycling adventure.  The route packs also help with restaurant choices, coffee stops and things to see and do.

Accurate and easy to follow, the route packs sit nicely in the handle-bar map readers that come with each hire bike.

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The Cycle Routes

This is just a selection of our most popular routes!  We add new routes all the time and because we’re experts we can create bespoke routes just for you – so if you want hills (even in the flat Loire Valley) we can find you some.

Routes for all levels of cyclist and all styles of cycling and completely unique to Loire Life Cycling!

Loire Valley Cycle Routes up to 30kms

Gizeux Idyllic cycling through traffic free countryside and the chance to discover and fall in love with the Chateau at Gizeux; a fascinating history and an ongoing project for the ancestral family that welcomes you.

Lac du Rillé – Fantastic forest cycling around the nature reserve, with plenty of places for picnics and bird watching. In summer, take a canoe out onto the lake and while away the hours!

Chateau du Lathan – A ‘Jardin Remarqable’ and another Chateau where you are welcomed personally by the owners – tracing their ownership back to a gift to the family from Napoleon Bonaparte.

Le Menu Ouvrier – A cycle route designed with one purpose in mind – to get you to and from a lunch destination offering the ‘Menu Ouvrier’; enjoy the relaxed atmosphere as workers tuck in to the traditional, French lunchtime feast.

Cave de Pays de Bourgueil –  A great cycle through traffic free forest roads and vineyards.  Explore the wine museum, deep underground amidst the Cabernet Franc vineyards of St Nicholas de Bourgueil and enjoy a fantastic wine tasting of the famous Red and Rose wines.

Loire Valley Cycle Routes between 30 kms & 60 kms

Bourgueil  – South, cycling through dense hunting forests before emerging in the rolling vineyards of Bourgueil.  Drop into town for a coffee stop and check out the Benedictine abbey and wine tasting house.  If you’re with us on a Tuesday, then you can take in the lively market as an added bonus.

Langeais – A medieval town sitting on the banks of the Loire river, with a lively cafe atmosphere and an imposing 11th century fortress complete with working drawbridge.

Saumur – Take a ride through asparagus fields, apple orchards and market gardens to arrive on the banks of the Loire just outside majestic Saumur.  Plenty to see and do as Saumur is the home of the French cavalry, a huge tank museum, the famous ‘Cadre Noire’ riding school, Cremant de Loire sparkling wines and the Combier liqueur distillery – so much to see and do!

Chouzé-sur-Loire – Extend your ride from Bourgueil and head on to the river side port at Chouzé.  Enjoy a drink at the bar on the quayside looking out onto a stunning riverside scene, before maybe taking in a wine tasting at one of the many vineyards en-route home.

Loire Valley Cycle Routes (60 kms+)

Villandry & Azay-le-Rideau – Cycle to the heart of Chateaux country and take in two of the most famous! Villandry with its magnificent gardens and Azay, dreamily sitting on a lake.

Fontevraud Abbey – Head down to the river and pass the Chateau of Montsoreau before diverting to the Abbey where Richard the Lionheart is buried. Fully restored, the buildings are astounding.

Chinon – Famous for its medieval fortress, now restored and running the length of the town, high above on a precipice. Built by English kings and famous for its Joan of Arc connections. A great ride which takes you across both the Loire and Vienne rivers.

Ussé – The Chateau that inspired ‘Sleeping Beauty’, approach from the river and get an unforgettable view.

Candes St Martin & ‘Troglodytes’ – Explore the southern riverbank of the Loire and the villages literally carved out of the local limestone hills – a unique bike trail takes you through one ancient Troglodyte village.

Gennes – Follow the dreamy River Authion and then the north bank of The Loire itself to Gennes.  Time for coffee before crossing to the south bank of The Loire and following the Loire a Velo cycle route to Saumur for lunch – one of the most picturesque sections of the whole Loire a Velo route.

End of Route Pickups

All our Loire Valley cycle routes are circular, but if there is a destination you are desperate to see and can’t manage the distance, we offer a pick-up service.

We’ll meet you at an agreed time and bring you and your bike back to base at Le Gue de Ray.