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flat roads or hills

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flat roads or hills

I would like to know if the biking trails that go through the loire valley are most of them flat roads or are there hills, also I would like to know can you take bikes on the trains.

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ME40_8

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1. Re: flat roads or hills

You can take bikes on most local and regional trains, but not easily on inter city ones.

Sorry I don't know how hilly but valleys are by definition surrounded by hills so don't expect it to be flat like a desert - it's not mountainous though so "easy" hils to be expected.

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2. Re: flat roads or hills

Through most of the Loire Valley, either side of the river slopes up to a higher plateau (same with much of the Cher River). Thusly there are indeed hills but their elevation would not generally be terribly significant for most biking enthusiasts.

There may be spots where family bikers will want to walk their bikes up inclines.

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3. Re: flat roads or hills

There are hills, but mostly rolling low ones.

if you're cycling, just enough to feel it on the bike.

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4. Re: flat roads or hills

I regularly cycle on the paths between Amboise and Chambord with my young daughter and we haven't had any problems with hills that she cannot cope with.

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5. Re: flat roads or hills

Think of the Sacramento valley and you'll have an idea of the Loire region.

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Thank You

ME40_8

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7. Re: flat roads or hills

I believe if you are heading along the Loire a velo route you have a fairly flat route all the the way however, we have friends who are enthusiastic cyclists and are based right in St Nicolas de Bourgueil they may be able to help - www.loirevalleybreaks.com

I however live down in the Southern part of the Loire Valley, the landscape changes quite dramatically once you are out of the 'Loire Valley' itself...right when you see less vineyards!

The terrain is more rolling hills, multiple valleys (lots of the other Loire Valley rivers being the cause) offering more woods, and open plains & plateau. The same could probably be said as you go north of the Loire river, I recall this from holidays and house hunting days but perhaps someone else out there could confirm?

If you let us know where are you planning to stay exactly perhaps someone else can elaborate about your specific chosen area?

Bear in mind that even the smallest of villages in France generally offer marked walks and bikes routes.

Our village of only 1,000 people, le Grand Pressigny has three 'offical' routes which take in 3 rivers, 4 villages and vary from 13-25,6 km. In addition to this the quiet roads and many smaller villages and hamlets mean that every route, road or chemin is a path worth taking!

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Thank You for the information

ME40_8

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