Enticing, mysterious and unexplored.
Perfect for...punting, paddling and easy
pedalling along cycle paths..
It’s ideal cycling country, a tranquil backwater of France. For the first few days you wind your way through broad, open fields and gentle woodland. Then you reach the marais where the tiny, but complex, network of 12th Century canals is criss-crossed by well marked cycle paths. Cycling is down back lanes, along tow paths, through farm yards, across narrow river fords. Coulon, the centre of the ‘Green Venice’ and one of the ‘prettiest villages of France’ hums with voices and gentle activity. Here you can hire a punt and meander through the ancient, green waterways or follow the cycle paths by the slow flowing canals.
Our holidays start at ** Hotel le Central, with its fabulous restaurant in Coulon and La Clef de Bois, a deluxe guest house in Fontenay le Comte with dinner booked locally.
All cycling routes are Grade 1, easy cycling. Distances vary, but the routes are amazingly flat for most of the region. You follow cycle paths through glorious countryside before reaching the canal towpaths.
The perfect addition to your holiday: Pamper
yourself with a
1 or 2 nights Chateau Escape in the 4 star Chateau de Marcay with a Michelin chef, or the magnificent Chateau de Rochecotte, in the Loire.