Loire Chateaux
in the Touraine

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Walking and Cycling

BikeHire Direct

Local Routes

Loire à velo

Cycling or walking around and about Le Bouchet is absolutely fantastic. With quiet country lanes, hardly any traffic, beautiful views and pretty villages on the route, it's a great way to see the area.
As Le Bouchet is situated on top of a plateau, you have a choice of terrains that can provide you with relatively flat, easy routes towards Cussay and Ligeuil or more hilly routes down to Descartes, Abilly and onwards to Chatellerault.
There are also some well signposted off road cycle and walking routes in some of the woods around the area.
For those of you who choose not to bring your own bikes we are able to offer the services of BikeHireDirect who can provide hire bikes that can be delivered to Le Bouchet for you and they can also provide child trailer buggies if required. Prices are very reasonable, including family packages. More information, tarifs and their contact details can be found by clicking the BikeHire Direct link.
Further afield there is of course the "Loire à Velo", an amazing 900km cycle route following the river Loire that passes through 2 regions and 6 different departments. Set up in 1995 at a cost of 52 Million Euros to develop and signpost the route, of which over 500km is actually on the Loire river banks, the whole route is used by more than 800,000 cyclists a year. If you are not bringing your own bikes or using GoGo Bikes then bike hire is also available in Tours.
For those of you that want the "train to take the strain" there is the unique Velo Loire Train that travels from Orléans to the coast at Nantes that provides a bike carrying service at no extra charge during the summer months.

More information and maps for local routes in the area around Le Bouchet and more details of Loire à Velo can be found by clicking the links on the left.

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