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Motorhoming in France | Seeing the Loire Valley by bike!

If there’s a much better bike route in France for kids, you’d be hard pushed to beat the cycle paths that run along the Loire. But for us leaving the prospect of a full visit to Villandry until we return in September, felt like we keep enjoying the aperitif yet not the full bloodied red that this region is famed for…. (St Nicolas-de-Bourgueil would be our choice if pressed!!)

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But today’s welcome chance to grab the bikes and head out for some well needed exercise was anything other than an aperitif… it could have matched the wine cellars of the Houses of Parliament….
We’d chosen the motorhome aire site at Villandry as it is perfectly situated to see some fairly big ‘fish’ in the chateau world…. allowing an opportunity to see Villandry, Azay Le Rideau and Usse within biking distance…So we’d started west along the brilliant Loire bike path (Loire à velo) towards the quaint La Chapelle au Naux… this stretch of the bike path is flat, easy to ride and well signposted and the 10km were some of the easiest and most picturesque bike rides we’ve enjoyed across Europe
The Loire à vélo runs from Cuffy (near Nevers) to Saint-Brevin-les-Pins (opposite Saint-Nazaire) – er sta distance of some 800km… all easily ride-able with great places to grab a break and to enjoy the wildlife…. After stopping for both croissants (breakfast) and pastries/baguettes/tartlettes (lunch) we can vouch for the truly peaceful places to stop and gently gaze as the Loire winds its way lazily through the interesting landscape… full of sand banks with herons, to fishermen taking fish from the river to the butterflies/dragonflies…. it really was a ‘Taste of France’

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so where did we park the bus for the night?

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Richard

Ever wanted to pack your bags, just jump in a motorhome and go off and explore Europe as a family? Well, that’s exactly what my family has done since September 2015. Visiting 35 European countries, travelling over 54,000 miles and grabbing over 450 family experiences on the way… enjoying Bobsleigh in Norway, Climbing into Mt Etna in Sicily or Kayaking the River Dordogne.

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