Your Cycling Holidays in France

Meandering Through Mayenne

A perfect introduction to rural France and the ideal cycling holiday for children.

One of the country’s hidden gems, Mayenne is a wonderfully understated region full of old-world charm.

With riverside towpaths galore, Mayenne is perfect territory for people looking for sublimely easy traffic free cycling with a view.

In addition to the locks, mills and fords of the river itself, the towpath runs through pretty towns decked in flowers and bursting with heritage: Mayenne, Laval and Château-Gontier. Lots of blissful countryside in between makes for a delightful trip through the region - with plenty of lovely spots to stop for lunch, a cold beer or a picnic to remember.

We love: the delicious pure white local goats cheese and tasty rillette paté, jousting at Château Ste Suzanne, cycling for hours without seeing a car, the sense of being in ‘real’ France.

WHAT'S INCLUDED

• Delicious restaurant meals each night
• Bed and breakfast accommodation
• Local support when required
• Luggage carried between your hotels
• Fully serviced touring bikes
• 100% financial security through ABTA and ATOL

This tour is operated by our preferred local partner

Your Cycling Holidays in France

Meandering Through Mayenne

Day 1 Arrive at Chateau Gontier and check into your first hotel which features a heated pool and spa, the perfect way to settle into your holiday before your first delicious dinner in France.

Day 2 Chateau-Gontier to Laval Today’s meandering river route takes you through country estates and horse paddocks with birdsong all around. Arriving in Laval, a town of history and art, enjoy dinner at your next stop-off, a charming guesthouse with enormous mature gardens to explore. (24 miles/38km)

Day 3 Laval to Moulay Today’s route follows the towpath of the Mayenne, punctuated with locks. We suggest stopping off at the rather wonderful Auberge du Pont de Montgiroux for lunch or La Guinguette (formerly a lock house) is another great option for al fresco lunch right on the river. After your ride, a dip in the beautiful pool will feel wonderful before a fabulous evening meal. (21 miles/33km)

Day 4 Enjoy a relaxing breakfast in Moulay before the transfer takes you back to Chateau Gontier or Laval.

*Please note that there is no welcome meeting for this tour but your bikes will be ready for you at your first hotel

Your Cycling Holidays in France

Meandering Through Mayenne

Day 1 Arrive at Chateau Gontier and check into your first hotel which features a heated pool and spa, the perfect way to settle into your holiday before your first delicious dinner in France.

Day 2 Château-Gontier Enjoy pleasant terrain today as your first ride of your stay follows the tranquil waters of the Mayenne river towards Daon. The village of Menil is a nice place to stop and eat lunch or there are restaurants in the lovely village of Daon before cycling back through the picturesque landscape to Chateau Gontier. (18 miles/28km)

Day 3 Chateau-Gontier to Laval Today’s meandering river route takes you through country estates and horse paddocks with birdsong all around. Arriving in Laval, a town of history and art, enjoy dinner at your next stop-off, a charming guesthouse with enormous mature gardens to explore. (24 miles/38km)

Day 4 Laval Today we suggest a round trip that shows you the best of the countryside surrounding the town of Laval. Weaving your way along on peaceful quiet roads and cycle paths (including a former railway bed and more towpaths), this is laidback cycling at its most idyllic. Arriving in the forest of Concise, you’re now in the territory of a once famous counterrevolutionary, Jean Chouan. This is also the land of cheese: at the Notre Dame du Port du Salut abbey the Trappist nuns still make all sorts of tasty fromage here, including Port-Salut. (16 miles/25km)

Day 5 Laval to Moulay Today’s route follows the towpath of the Mayenne, punctuated with locks. We suggest stopping off at the rather wonderful Auberge du Pont de Montgiroux for lunch or La Guinguette (formerly a lock house) is another great option for al fresco lunch right on the river. After your ride, a dip in the beautiful pool will feel wonderful before a fabulous evening meal. (21 miles/33km)

Day 6 Moulay A lovely finale to your holiday, today you can enjoy easy riding along the towpaths of the Mayenne river. Our suggested itinerary soon takes a detour from the river for a visit to the iconic “Toiles de Mayenne”, a centuries-old cloth factory well worth a look. The town of Mayenne is also on route, with its splendid fortified castle, medieval streets, magnificent church frescoes and traditional markets. (11 miles/17km)

Day 7 Enjoy a relaxing breakfast in Moulay before the transfer takes you back to Chateau Gontier or Laval.

*Please note that there is no welcome meeting for this tour but your bikes will be ready for you at your first hotel

Your Cycling Holidays in France

Meandering Through Mayenne

Hotels

A fine selection of hotels to choose from

  • Guesthouse Manoir de Rouesse

    Guesthouse Manoir de Rouesse

    3 star

    This quaint rural guesthouse is set in a 15th century manor, surrounded by 7 acres of wooded grounds and just a short ride from the town centre of Laval. A real haven of tranquillity with service that will make it feel like a home from home.  

  • Hotel La Marjolaine

    Hotel La Marjolaine

    3 star

    A magnificent hotel set in an old country manor on the banks of the Mayenne river. Here you can take a dip in the outdoor pool, enjoy a glass of wine in the pristine garden or go for a relaxing stroll along the riverside path.

  • Parc Hotel

    Parc Hotel

    3 star

    Located on the road of the Loire Châteaux, this fantastic place is nestled in the heart of Château-Gontier in Mayenne, a town listed in the Michelin Guide’s 100 best detours in France. Anne-Laure and Olivier Alléard will give you a warm welcome in their characterful home with heated pool and spa. Nestled in a large shaded park teeming with century-old trees, the 3* Parc Hôtel & Spa provides the comfort, wellbeing and peace you need for your holiday.

Your Cycling Holidays in France

Meandering Through Mayenne

PRICES FROM £595

April to October

2018 Departure Dates Nights Board Basis Adult Price 
April to October 6 Half Board £1025
April to October 3 Half Board £665

Ebike Supplement: £20 per bike

Single Room: £26 per night

Single Traveller: £40 per night (Single Room)

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