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Between rivers and trails : 109km +800m

by Kim Gintrand
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Elevation gain




Best seasons

fall, spring, summer



Physical & technical

This route is very smooth, both on trails and roads. The journey begins on the large trail that runs alongside the Mayenne River, following a long white gravel trail until you reach Grez-Neuville and its charming little harbor.

The second quarter of the route takes you to Seiches-sur-le-Loir, covering just over 20 kilometers on country roads with low traffic.

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After passing through small villages connected by trails, the route leads to Montreuil-sur-Loir, where you’ll board a chain ferry to cross from one bank to the other, crossing the Loir River. Once on the other side, you’ll follow the river along single tracks and gravel paths until you reach Villevêque. In the summer, on hot days, you can even stop there for a refreshing swim by taking a dip in the Loir River.
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The final part of the route joins Écouflant via beautiful yellow gravel tracks, and to conclude, you’ll follow the Sarthe River to reach Angers. (The last few kilometers involve using a bike path).

Find all the other gravel routes near Angers here with 100km through the vineyards or a 50km along the Loire river 🙂

Near the itinerary
Best Addresses



La Possonière

Les Tourbillons

Guinguette open from April until September


Le Port de l'Île

Guinguette ouverte de Avril à Septembre


Le Bistrot de l'Écluse

Bistrot / Wine bar


Restaurant L'Écluse

Restaurant bistronomique. 


Le Kiviv



Les Tonnelles

Restaurant guinguette along Le Loir


Le Héron Carré

Guinguette open from May until September 


La Réserve*

bistro, resto, terrasse


Ma Petite Boulangerie*




Château des Forges

Hotel Castle


Hôtel du Château de Noirieux

Hotel Castle 4 stars

Pressoir à Sainte-Gemmes-sur-Loire

Chambre d'Hôtes "Le Logis"

Bed & Breakfast


Chambre d'Hôtes "Le Logis des Mariniers"

Bed & Breakfast


Chambre d'Hôtes "Confidence Escale"

Bed & Breakfast


Chambre d'Hôtes "Le Domaine de Bré"

Bed & Breakfast

Lac de Maine

Camping du Lac de Maine Huttopia


Lac de Maine

Camping at La Belle Étoile Vineyard Estate




Château d'Angers

Visit the Château d'Angers and admire the Tapestry of the Apocalypse.


Château du Plessis-Bourré

Travel back to the 15th century with a visit to the Château du Plessis-Bourré.


Terra Botanica

Embark on an adventure and discover the history of plants at Terra Botanica - The European Park of Plants.


Distillerie Cointreau

Taste and learn how to make a cocktail at the Cointreau Distillery.


Etang Saint-Nicolas

Discover the various running loops around Étang St Nicolas, ranging from 5 to 7.7 km. It's also a perfect place for a walk when it's hot outside, as you'll be under the shades of the many trees.

Culinary Specialties / Local Products

  • Les quernons d’Ardoise
  • Le crémet d’Anjou
  •  les caramandes
  • Les rillauds d'Anjou

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