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Beaugency / Muides-sur-Loire

[ Cycle routes EuroVelo 6 ] [ La Loire à Vélo from Orléans to Blois ]
  • 16 km
  • famille Level Family

The contrast between the picturesque old Loire-side villages and the electricity power station at St-Laurent-des-Eaux shows how important the Loire has been for so many human activities, past and present. A lovely cycle path runs beside the river from Tavers to Avaray, offering a flat, easy stretch as you approach the Pays des Châteaux tourist area with its famed castles around Chambord and Blois.

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Route
The route alternates between sections of greenway and shared roads, often going along the raised Loire-side levée. From Muides Bridge, there’s a link to the train station at Mer. It’s worth taking the short detour to see the old village of Tavers.

Railway Station - SNCF

Beaugency train station
Mer train station (linked to the main cycle route via a stretch along the D 112 road)

Don’t miss

Beaugency: with beautiful historic streets and monuments, including the major Notre-Dame Abbey and the Château Dunois, plus a stunning medieval bridge across the Loire

Tavers: a lovely tranquil village; neolithic dolmens
Lestiou: a pretty washhouse
Avaray: for château and church.

Markets

Beaugency : Saturday all day
Mer : Thursday afternoon

Tourist Information centre

Beaugency : +33(0)2 38 44 54 42
Muides-sur-Loire : +33(0)2 54 87 58 36

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Château Dunois to Beaugency

A comrade-in-arms of Joan of Arc, Jean, Bâtard d’Orleans became Count of Dunois and, through his marriage to Marie d'Harcourt, Lord of Beaugency. Built on the site of the old medieval fortress, he lived in this castle for seventeen years. His descendants fitted out the building in the Renaissance style. The house was sold as a national treasure during the Revolution, before the Loiret region acquired it in the nineteenth century.

Abbey Church of Notre Dame to Beaugency

The Notre-Dame Church of the late eleventh century was rebuilt in the seventeenth century, after the Wars of Religion. It retains many characteristics of the local Romanesque architecture. It played host to the religious council which declared the marriage of King Louis VII of France with Eleanor of Aquitaine invalid.

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