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Le Thouet by bike, from one bridge to another

Thouet valley is perfect for bike riding. Many signposted cycle routes cross the hilly landscapes. Here, we suggest a circular route, taking in the river, Roman bridges, lake, and historic towns and villages.

Automne Printemps Été
  • Parcourir la vallée du Thouet à vélo
  • Église de Saint-Généroux
  • Visiter deux Petites Cités de Caractère
  • Le lac du Cébron

IDÉAL POUR Pour prendre l'air et déconnecter

Virée en vallée du Thouet à vélo

1ST DAY | Off on an adventure!

Last weekend, to switch off, we decided to go cycling near our home in Deux-Sèvres. A breath of fresh air in the heart of a beautiful region. The hardest part was choosing a circuit because there are so many. Finally, a two day circuit along the Thouet caught our attention. The adventure began in Gourgé. We pedalled north to explore the Thouet Valley. The stepping stoneswashhouses and private residences were surprising; the landscape was hilly. At lunchtime, the Trompe-Souris was a timely find and we ate on the terrace above a charming river dotted with chirons (enormous round blocks of granite). Then we discovered the small church of Saint-Généroux, one of the oldest in Poitou, which faces a Roman bridge. We headed south towards Airvault, where we left our bikes at the bed and breakfast, Le Vieux Château, and then explored this Petite Cité de Caractère®. The narrow medieval streetsabbey churchcovered marketunderground fountain and the area around the château are magnificent. We made some lovely discoveries, particularly a small and fascinating museum (frguidee entry)Jacques Guidez, which retraced the rural life of my grandpajacquesrents. And we finished our day with a delicious meal at the Le 12 restaurant.

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Day 01

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2ND DAY | Refreshing stroll along the Thouet...

In the early morning, we set off again for Saint-Loup-Lamairé. Also a Petite Cité de Caractère®, the narrow village streets are lined with half-timbered houses from the 15th and 16th centuries, and lead to the château and the church of Notre-Dame de l’Assomption, with its remarkable altarpiece. After a delicious meal at the Relais du Chapeau Rouge, we got into our canoes for a refreshing trip along the Thouet. A little more pedalling and the magnificent Cébron Lake was revealed. We gave our calves a well-earned rest in the pool. We finally picked our car up again in Gourgé to end this delightful break with a visit to the church with the painted murals, and the Roman bridge, an incredible sight at the end of the day, in the light of the setting sun.

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Day 02

WHERE TO SLEEP AND EAT, WHAT TO DO?

Don’t miss any of the elements of Ayline’s break !