Le Moulin du Chemin has cycling routes to suit all abilities, provided that you are generally fit. The minimum requirement to be able to cope with even the introductory routes is that you take regular exercise. If you wish, Peter and Carolynn will help you chose the rides best suited to you. The cycling routes are categorised as introductory, moderate and challenging. More arduous cycling is also available at le Moulin, see:
● Route-notes and high-lighted maps for circuits starting from le Moulin are provided
● Routes can be shortened or lengthened to suit you, based on our experience of the region.
● If you are more independent, you can find your own way - it's all excellent cycling country and lovely countryside. There is plenty of choice as well as a wide variety of terrains and numerous interesting features.
● Fully equipped touring cycles, bike-bags, helmets, maps, directions and friendly advice provided.
Day-1 Sunday pm
la Faziliére – a short ride after your journey to stretch your legs and get to know the area. Gently undulating on winding country lanes with nice views of the bocage. 16km/10miles
|moderate/challenging||le Pignon West - an exhilarating, partially waymarked circuit via the villages of Scillé of la Chapelle-Thireuil - good for becoming acquainted with the region. 18km/11miles|
|moderate/challenging||le Petit Pignon East - via the villages of le Beugnon, Fenioux and la Chapell-Thireuil with some lovely rolling hills. The circuit is partially waymarked. 27km/16miles|
|moderate/challenging||Roof of the World – local tour taking-in several interesting villages and also the magical Rocher Branlant. In the first few km the elevation increases by 100m. 43km/26miles|
l’Absie – winding lanes through pastures and woods, past hamlets and high places, lead to the attractive village of l’Absie with cafes, banks, pharmacies, minimarket etc. 16km/10miles
le Pignon East - a partially waymarked circuit via le Beugnon, Fenioux and la Chapell-Thireuil with some challenging hills in the east. 31km/18miles
Coulonges-sur-l’Autize – a traditional country-produce market. The route there is on little used country lanes, but direct (the market starts to close at noon). There are shorter or longer return options, meandering through idyllic countryside 40km/23miles or 32km/19miles
le Beugnon Lakes Picnic – we meet you at the lakes for a "posh" picnic with tablecloth, delicious chilled rosé and dappled sunlight under the trees. Winding lanes, wooded paths and a lovely view from the ruined windmill (under restoration). shorter 19km/11miles
an alternative picnic route passing the village of l’Absie with cafes, banks, pharmacies, minimarket etc. longer 35km/21miles
Feymoreau Mines – local ride to the erstwhile mining village with it’s exhibition, stunning modern stained glass (on a sunny day) and interesting village features 31km/19miles
|moderate/challenging||le Petit Pignon - mostly waymarked circuit via Scille, la Chapelle-Thireuil, Fenouix and le Beugnon. Some of the villages have bars and WCs. 31km/19miles|
la Rocher Branlant – visiting the valley of la Rocher Branlant with easy detours to the village of l’Absie, les Rochers du Bousignoux and the pretty hamlet of les Jinchères. 24km/14miles
|moderate/challenging||le Grand Pignon - mostly waymarked circuit via Scille, la Chapelle-Thireuil, Fenouix and le Beugnon and including some challenging hills in the east. 34km/20miles|
EXCURSIONS – subject to availability – please enquire
Marais Poitevin (Green Venice)* – transfer to the peaceful waterside village of Coulon. Visit Ride alongside languid waterways and through woodlands and picturesque "port" villages. Pick-up point is the ruined Gothic abbey at Maillezais. 33km/20miles (with no hills)
Mervent Forest & Vouvant* – transfer to Mervent village on a promontory over lakes and forest. Ride through majestic deciduous forests to the Medieval fortified village of Vouvant and return to le Moulin through the picturesque bocage. 32km/19miles
* we transport you and your bike to and from these locations
|MAPS AND ROUTE NOTES|
Le Moulin du Chemin provides IGN Série Bleue maps (IGN is the French equivalent to the British Ordinance Survey) www.ign.fr. Le Moulin uses maps of 1:25,000 (1cm = 240m) scale. The suggested routes are high-lighted and the maps have been printed in A4 sections and coated in plastic, convenient for use with the handlebar mounted map holders supplied with le Moulin's bikes.
Applicable route notes are printed on separate laminated sheets. Click the 'maps & route notes' button below to see an example of the notes for the first afternoon's recommended ride - route notes for the other rides are similarly informative.
If you prefer to explore independently, complete IGN Série Bleue 1:25000 maps are available and friendly advice (if you wish), based on Carolynn's and Peter's years of living in the region.
If you are not a regular cyclist be prepared to walk up some of the hills.
There’s no shame in walking up hills and you still get fresh air and exercise.