France has always been keen on cycling – the annual Tour de France is probably the biggest cycle race in the world, covering over 3000km in 3 weeks each July, yet there are an increasing number of dedicated long-distance France cycle routes, mainly on dedicated cycleways, alongside rivers/canals etc;
- The Veloscenic Cycle Route from Paris to the Mont St Michel – over 450km of well-signposted cycle tracks, greenways and country roads, transporting you from Paris to the Mont St-Michel, passing by the Eiffel Tower, Chartres Cathedral, or even the Château de Versailles.
Velo Francette from Caen to la Rochelle – 615km from the English Channel to the Atlantic coast via Domfront (61 Orne, Normandie), Angers (49 Maine-et-Loire, Pays de la Loire)
La Vélodyssée from Roscoff to Hendaye on the Spanish Border – 1400km along the Atlantic coast
And that’s not all:
From London, you can cycle to Paris thanks to the Avenue Verte cycle route. It connects London to Paris over 400km through a mosaic of landscapes. The Veloscenic and the Avenue Verte share the same end (or starting) point, at Notre-Dame de Paris !
The Loire à Vélo trail – the oldest French cycle route. Tourists can cycle along the Loire river over 800km The Loire à Vélo trail is part of the Eurovelo 6, which connects 10 countries over 3600km, from France to Romania! You’ll soon be able to cycle from the Veloscenic to the Loire à Vélo trail following the V44 from Alençon to Saumur or the V43 (Manche/Atlantique) from Domfront to Angers.
Tour de Manche 1200km from Cherbourg to Roscoff following the coastline of Brittany through the famous Pink Granite Coast and Cap Fréhel. It links up Brittany and Normandy to Dorset and Devon.