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Cycling the River Loire

The Way of St. Martin (Cicerone Cycling S.)

By John Higginson

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Format: Paperback / softback, 128 pages
Other Information: Laminated Cover
Published In: United Kingdom, 01 July 2003
The River Loire invites cyclists to explore it. There is no stifling cycle way artificially created along the river's banks - the route is instead accompanied by an abundance of country lanes, tempting cyclists to find those hidden gems which make this journey an unending pleasure. The route has something for everyone. It includes dramatic vistas from high above the Ardeche Gorge, lazy days of flat riding through fields of indolent cattle, the chance to explore vineyards producing some or the world's finest vintages and the great collection of castles and palaces which line the river's banks. Accommodation is plentiful whether you prefer the cheapest gites d'etape, the friendly chambres d'hotes, or the comfortable hotels. Wherever cyclists stay, they will be welcomed warmly one and their needs will be well catered for. This book, divided into twenty-three comfortable stages, includes a dramatic approach to the source of the River Loire at Le Gerbier de Jonc, a route alongside the whole of the river and suggestions of how to return to the U.K. It also includes enough advice and information to make this journey a truly memorable one.

Table of Contents

Stage 1 Orange to Chateauneuf du Pape 28km Stage 2 Chateauneuf du Pape to St. Martin d'Ardeche 54km Stage 3 St. Martin d'Ardeche to Les Mazes 44km Stage 4 Les Mazes to Vals les Bains 44km Stage 5 Vals les Bains to Le Gerbier de Jonc 39km Stage 6 Le Gerbier de Jonc to Goudet 54km Stage 7 Goudet to Le Puy en Velay 33km Stage 8 Le Puy en Velay to Le Pertuiset 79km Stage 9 Le Pertuiset to Neulise 77km Stage 10 Neulise to Marcigny 74km Stage 11 Marcigny to Gannay sur Loire 82km Stage 12 Gannay sur Loire to Nevers 57km Stage 13 Nevers to Sancerre 67km Stage 14 Sancerre to Briare le Canal 50km Stage 15 Briare le Canal to St. Benoit sur Loire 51km Stage 16 St. Benoit sur Loire to St. Ay sur Loire 59km Stage 17 St. Ay sur Loire to Blois 65km Stage 18 Blois to Montlouis sur Loire 68km Stage 19 Montlouis sur Loire to Montsoreau 86km Stage 20 Montsoreau to Angers 71km Stage 21 Angers to Drain 78km Stage 22 Drain to Savenay 81km Stage 23 Savenay to St. Nazaire 30km

About the Author

John Higginson has been a long-distance fell walker for many years. Having been a keen cyclist in his youth, he took up long-distance cycling in Europe a few years after he retired from the post of headmaster of a Cheshire primary school. He is now a writer and lecturer. He and his wife, Andrea, who have ridden both south to north and east to west across France, the length of the medieval pilgrimage route from Le Puy-en-Velay in France to Santiago de Compostela in north-west Spain, and the Danube Cycleway from Donaueschingen to Budapest, spent many years touring in the Loire valley before embarking on this book which describes the route and its myriad places of interest. John Higginson has also written The Way of St James - Le Puy to Santiago, a Cyclists' Guide (Cicerone, 1999) and The Danube Cycleway - Donaueschingen to Budapest (Cicerone, 2003).

EAN: 9781852843830
ISBN: 1852843837
Publisher: Cicerone Press
Dimensions: 18.08 x 10.92 x 1.02 centimetres (0.18 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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