A new cycling route

The Vélo Francette , a new national cycling route suitable roaming. 630 km long , it crosses from Ouistreham, Normandy, Mayenne Valley, the Loire Valley, the Thouet Valley and the Marais Poitevin to rally La Rochelle

  • La Vélo Francette - Chemin de halage de la Mayenne

    La Vélo Francette - Chemin de halage de la Mayenne

    © Photo : Joël Damase

  • La Vélo Francette - Saint-Loup-du-Gast

    La Vélo Francette - Saint-Loup-du-Gast en Mayenne

    © Photo : Joël Damase

  • La Vélo Francette - Château-Gontier

    La Vélo Francette - Château-Gontier

    © Photo : Joël Damase

  • La Vélo Francette - Chemin de halage de la Mayenne

    La Vélo Francette - Chemin de halage de la Mayenne

    © Photo : Joël Damase

Opened in June 2015, a new cycle route La Vélo Francette has been launched.  This is a new north to south itinerary from Ouistreham in Normandy to La Rochelle in Poitou-Charentes.
The 630 kms route will complement the existing, well-structured  routes of Vélodyssée (EV1), le Tour de Manche EV4,  La Loire à Vélo and  la Véloscénie which are all based on an east-west axis. La Francette is interconnected with these four courses as well as linking three regions - Normandie, Pays de la Loire, Poitou-Charentes, seven ‘départements’ -  Calvados, Orne, Mayenne, Maine-et-Loire, Deux-Sèvres, Charente-Maritime and the Vendée and crossing three Regional Natural Parks - Normandie-Maine, Loire-Anjou-Touraine et Marais Poitevin.
Thanks to the thrice daily ferry connections from Portsmouth to Ouistreham, there’s  potentially a million British tourists waiting to try the itinerary!
BEAUTIFUL CITIES & ATTRACTIVE COUNTRYSIDE ALONG THE RIVERS
Leaving from the Channel and descending towards the Atlantic, the Vélo Francette® cycle route lets you discover the flavours of “la douce France”, crossing Basse-Normandie, the Pays de la Loire and the Poitou-Charentes regions. Discover the unexpected architectural heritage and come under the charm of towns and villages in the French countryside.
A RESOURCING & ENRICHING ESCAPADE
The Vélo Francette® route, is also the itinerary that retraces some of the country's history: D-day landing beaches, Swiss Normandy between Caen and Flers, the medieval city of Domfront, the tow-paths of the Mayenne, the Loire Valley and its sumptuous châteaux, the troglodytes between Angers and Saumur, rides through the vineyards, the Thouet Valley and the Poitevin marshlands, the arrival in the port of La Rochelle...All this along 630 km of country lanes, tracks and green routes.
PEDAL AT YOUR RHYTHM
With family or friends, travel the whole length of the Vélo Francette® or branch off along other itineraries such as the Véloscénie®, La Loire à Vélo® or la Vélodyssée® to extend the ride.
Cyclists, welcome to the Vélo Francette®!
The Vélo Francette®, is also a network of professionals who bend over backwards to offer you services and a privileged welcome.
Accommodation, bicycle renters, tourist offices or museums and tour sites…are all equipped to welcome you in the best conditions! These establishments, labelled “Accueil Vélo©”, are located at less than 5km from the Vélo Francette®.
Contact them to prepare your stay with serenity! Find the list of “Accueil Vélo” establishments on
www.cycling.lavelofrancette.com
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More info

  • Departmental tourism committee
  • 84, Avenue Robert Buron
  • BP 0325
  • 53003 LAVAL cedex
  •  +33 (0)2.43.53.18.18
  •  +33 (0)2.43.53.58.82