The Loire – the longest river in France – is situated towards western France. This river and its several tributaries intricately head through some of the finest French landscape. It is a diverse area consisting of pastoral farms, great forests and the Loire-Anjou Regional Park; a stunning location for enjoying some recreational track walking in this country.
The Loire Valley terrain is gentle, and the weather makes it is an ideal place for the whole family, and an ideal place for enjoying the many walking options offered by this region. With the Loire’s rich cultural history, why not take the chance to indulge yourself?
You can visit one of the magnificent Renaissance castles or fine abbeys, or maybe taste a few of the fine wines or remarkable cuisine native to the region. There is so much on offer for visitors that it’s not surprising that the likes of William Turner and several of his compatriots culled inspiration from these marvels, which have since seen the Loire gain UNESCO status.
This famous pilgrims’ route is a section of the St James’ Way, which extends from the north of France to the south. The bit heading through Anjou is called The Plantagenet Way – it takes its name from the Plantagenet dynasty which arrived from England and increased the local population.
During the period of the Middle Ages, a lot of pilgrims travelled down this route through France on their way to northern Spain. Along this route, one may visit Doue-la-Fontaine, which is not far from the historical Gothic dwellings, and renowned for its roses festival – it is known that 800 varieties are cultivated here. The route’s sections are conspicuously marked, and the wealth of information on hand will help you get the best out of your French walking holiday.
The site of the Loire Valley has more than 1000 chateaux and it and it’s possible to visit many of these; it is but a fascinating complement to a French walking holiday. The Chateau of Chambord, one of the largest chateaux, was one of the first, while smaller chateaux, like Azay-le-Rideau, reflect some more stylish elements of life known throughout the Renaissance period.