A day in Ancenis

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    50 km
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    1 day

During this outing you will discover the villages of Ingrandes and Saint-Florent-le-Vieil and pretty views over the Loire. This easy loop will take you on a peaceful ride along the river.

The extra: the viewpoint from Mont-Glonne in Saint-Florent-le-Vieil

Starting from Ancenis

Set off in the direction of Ingrandes along the north bank. You will be pleased to discover that a large part of the itinerary follows a secure and protected green lane, with plenty of countryside to admire!

Cycle a little further and stop for lunch in the pretty village of Ingrandes, which was once a hotspot for salt smuggling. For those who like swimming, there is a natural pool on the other side of the bridge.

Return to your bike and cross the bridge in the direction of Saint-Florent-le-Vieil. In this Small City of Character you will discover a few local gems including:

  • Maison Julien Gracq: simultaneously a residence for writers, researchers and artists, as well as an exceptional library. It also hosts cultural events, all in a warm and welcoming atmosphere!
  • Le Mont-Glonne: near the abbey church built mainly in the early 18th century, this site offers panoramic views of the river… the climb is steep, but the viewpoint at the top is worth it!

After this discovery-filled day, return to Ancenis through rustic scenery, remaining alongside the Loire and alternating between green lanes and quiet roads.

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