By Maggie LaCoste
Just in time for my upcoming bike trip to the Loire River Valley, two new bike routes have opened up. The new Indre a Velo itinerary links the south of Tours, Loches, Azay-le-Rideau and Montbazon with the Loire. The trail winds its way along the Indre River valley for over 100 km, offering quiet rides on well-marked roads. The new itinerary links up to the Loire River on both ends, creating a loop of over 200 km in the heart of the Touraine region. This new addition to the Loire Valley bike route system is ranked easy to very easy and is suited to any level of cyclist, especially families. Travel along this itinerary includes such attractions as the castles at Azay-le-Rideau and Chenonceaux and Amboise, the keep at Montbazon, and the medieval city of Loches. Amboise is a perfect base location, with lots of hotels, restaurants and bike rental companies.
Stay tuned for more information on this itinerary after my trip in August!
The second new cycling route links the train station at Chaumont-Onzain with Chenonceau. This 23 km route features a shared road from the train station to Chisseaux, then access to the Chateau by road. This new bike path to Chenonceau makes it very easy to add a Loire bike trip to your vacation in Paris: you take the train to Onzain, rent a bike and you’re on your way to one of the most beautiful castles in the Loire region. Spend the night at one of several very affordable small hotels, tour the castle the next morning, and then bike back to the train station. You can even spend an evening in Chaumont sur Loire or Onzain, before continuing on your journey. The Loire a Velo website, lists more than 40 partner hotels and inns that cater to cyclists within 5 km of the new bike route. Information on accommodations can be found by clicking on Loire a Velo. Bicycle rentals in Onzain are available through Detours de Loire at their partner agency, Camping Municipal located at Avenue du General de Gaulle. Reservations are recommended and they can be made with Candice at firstname.lastname@example.org.