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La Loire à Vélo from Cuffy to Briare

[ Cycle routes EuroVelo 6 ]
  • 130 km

This EuroVelo 6 section, also on the Tour de Bourgogne à Vélo route, starts in the city of Nevers, then heads to the Cher county and Cuffy, official starting point of the Loire à Vélo route. Follow the Loire and parallel Canal Latéral along this superb stretch linking Burgundy to the Loire Valley. The luminous Loire is wild in parts, more generous in others, with prestigious vineyards along its banks, as well as historic mariners’ towns, plus there’s the Val de Loire Nature Reserve. The way is easy, a delight for fans of culture and local produce.

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The 7 stages of the section « La Loire à Vélo from Cuffy to Briare »

  • Nevers / Cuffy

    Nevers / Cuffy [13.4 km]

    Near the majestic Bec d’Allier (where the Allier River joins the Loire), Le Guétin’s canal-bridge makes quite an impression on this EuroVelo 6 stage leading on via Cuffy to the Loire à Vélo cycle route. The Canal Latéral à la Loire then acts as a link between Burgundy and the Loire Valley. This charming stage, starting at the unique city of Nevers, with its many services and shops, is almost entirely on greenways.

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  • Cuffy / Marseilles-lès-Aubigny

    Cuffy / Marseilles-lès-Aubigny [14.9 km]

    This Loire à Vélo stage runs for some way right beside the Canal Latéral à la Loire, then moves onto a raised levée to reach Marseilles-lès-Aubigny. This charming port is a great spot to stock up on provisions, what with its shops, giving you a boost to continue cycling. This is a very easy stage, mainly along greenways.

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  • Marseilles-lès-Aubigny / La Chapelle-Montlinard / La Charité-sur-Loire

    Marseilles-lès-Aubigny / La Chapelle-Montlinard / La Charité-sur-Loire [11.9 km]

    This EuroVelo 6 stage leads you to the splendid riverside town of La Charité-sur-Loire, with its fabulous basilica and strong literary links. The route is easy and offers an inspiring concentration of Loire nature, culture and heritage. There are cycle tracks practically all the way along. Enjoy the exceptional views down on the Val de Loire Nature Reserve too.

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  • La Charité-sur-Loire / La Chapelle-Montlinard / Couarges / Pouilly-sur-Loire

    La Charité-sur-Loire / La Chapelle-Montlinard / Couarges / Pouilly-sur-Loire [13 km]

    L’île du Faubourg, an island at La Charité-sur-Loire, provides an exceptionally scenic view of the Loire, on the frontier between Burgundy and Centre-Val de Loire, both regions famed for their wines. On this Loire à Vélo stretch through the heart of the Val de Loire Nature Reserve, enjoy the river’s wonderful shifting light. This stage is very easy, mainly on greenways.

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  • Pouilly-sur-Loire / Couargues / Sancerre

    Pouilly-sur-Loire / Couargues / Sancerre [11 km]

    This is a short, easy Loire à Vélo stage, encouraging you to enter Sancerre’s glorious hilly countryside and taste its famed wines. Here you can mix cycling with gastronomy and oenology, of course making sure you drink in moderation! A detour up to the historic town of Sancerre itself is highly recommended.

    Difficulty: Intermediate view the detail
  • Sancerre / Beaulieu-sur-Loire

    Sancerre / Beaulieu-sur-Loire [31.5 km]

    This Loire à Vélo stage, going along the eastern edge of the old French province of Berry, alternates between stretches beside the wild Loire and others alongside the Canal Latéral à la Loire. Between Léré and Belleville-sur-Loire, the heritage of centuries of river trade is everywhere to be seen. This stage is very easy, mainly sticking to greenways.

    Difficulty: Intermediate view the detail
  • Beaulieu-sur-Loire / Briare

    Beaulieu-sur-Loire / Briare [13.4 km]

    Travel by waterway has pride of place along this beautiful stretch of the Loire à Vélo. The highlight is Mantelot Lock by Châtillon-sur-Loire, where boats once gathered to cross the Loire, before the construction of the canal-bridge at nearby Briare. Lock and canal-bridge are both splendid constructions not to be missed. This section is easy, mainly on greenways

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