Why go there?
The gently rolling landscape of the Loire Valley is packed with cycling potential. The region is easily accessible from a number of ferry ports in northern France – including St Malo, Cherbourg, Le Havre and Dieppe – and so an ideal drive-and-ride getaway. The region is on the UNESCO World Heritage List and combines outstanding natural beauty with beautiful châteaux, world-famous wine and gourmet food.
What to do
The Loire Valley may be famous for its wine but the Loire à Vélo cycle track is an 800km route that follows the river from the Cuffy, near Nevers, to St Brévin-les-Pins on the Atlantic coast. As a result, cyclists can choose to ride the whole route (or part of it) over multiple days, or amble along short sections and enjoy a slower pace of life. The Loire à Vélo website lets you plot your own route and view routes recommended by others.
Where to stay and eat
Amboise is a small riverside town packed with Loire character and with its own château. The l’Ile d’Or campsite is located on an island between two branches of the Loire, a stone’s throw from Amboise, and has a mountain bike track. Prices from €9.80 for two adults and a tent.