Cycling the River Loire (Paperback)

The Way of St Martin

By John Higginson

Cicerone Press, 9781852843830, 128pp.

Publication Date: January 1, 2010

List Price: 18.95*
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This guide describes a 1052km cycle route that starts at source of the Loire in the Massif Central mountains of central France and finishes at the Atlantic opposite St Nazaire. It descends past extinct volcanoes, crater lakes and deep gorges before joining EuroV'lo route 6 and the fully waymarked Loire a V'lo, France's most popular cycle trail. Following the river downstream in 26 stages, the route is generally downhill or level often on dedicated traffic-free cycle tracks.

Packed with a wealth of useful information - from practical planning advice to fascinating insights about the river and its surroundings - the guidebook features detailed route descriptions and informative mapping. Details of facilities and places to stay, and a French glossary are included.

The route goes through the heart of France as the Loire becomes the royal river, bounded by extravagant chateaux, fields of Charolais cattle and vineyards. It passes through historic cities like Orl'ans and Tours, continuing past Angers and France's fourth largest city Nantes.