Cycling in the Loire Valley

Some cyclists find the challenge of steep slopes immensely rewarding, but for those who prefer a more gentle type of cycling, the Loire Valley is a perfect location.

It does have some hills, but they are generally rather gentle and not too demanding of the cyclist.

In 1995 a project which was designed to develop the cycle path along the river Loire was initiated and to this day there have been 650 kilometres of special paths created. Along the Loire cycle path you will find some amazing cathedrals and be able to enjoy some of the world’s best white wines.

The castles in the area initially served as fortifications but soon after became luxurious palaces for the French elite. Castles are one of the things that make them Loire Valley so famous and, along with its wine production; it is easy to see why it attracts so many people every year.

The cycle paths that are along the Loire Valley are part of a European network of cycle routes. It is not yet completed, but when it is, there will be nearly 2500 kilometres of paths, running all the way from Budapest to the Atlantic Ocean.

There are a huge number of holiday planning companies that arrange bike holidays along the Loire. These are often very popular as they include a service which will transport your baggage for you, so you don’t have to carry it on the bike. All of these tours will include some of the best castles in the region as well as some of the best locations for tasting wine.

An example of a days cycling would be between Blois and Amboise which is around 50 kilometres. On this day you will cycle through some of the most beautiful landscapes in this part of France and be able to visit Chateau de Chaumont.

At the end of the ride you will arrive in the charming town of Amboise where you will find a beautiful Royal Chateau and some fantastic patisseries. It is said that Patisseries Bigot has some of the best cakes in this part of France and is located right next to the Royal Chateau.

There are a huge range of excursions available along the Loire Valley and any tour organised in the region is going to include visits to some of the best attractions. The riding is gentle so you will have plenty of energy to enjoy the wonderful attractions in this part of France.