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Loire Valley, France

Includes Amboise, Angers, Blois, Chinon, Montsoreau, Orléans, Saumur, and Tours. See Also Our Separate Guide to Nantes

The Loire Valley stretches 280 kilometers along the the central part of the Loire River in central France. The area is known for its vineyards, orchards, historic towns, and architecture. Running in the Loire Valley is special, with routes incorporating gorgeous riverfront paths, castles, and quiet, hillside vineyard roads.

It’s impossible to cover every scenic spot in the Loire Valley, given that the area itself is a Unesco World Heritage site. So we’ve focused our routes in some of the main historic towns along the Loire River, organized below from west to east: Orléans, Blois, Ambroise, Tours, Chinon, Montsoreau, Saumur, and Angers. Some of the best places to run in the Loire Valley are on the extensive series of riverfront paths, and some of the panoramic roads passing by vineyards in the hillside just above the water. See also our separate guide to Nantes. We’ve also added a section on the Loire à Vélo, a long-distance cycling path that covers some of the most scenic sections of the Loire Valley. There are also many opportunities to create your own run on the scenic hillside roads connecting the orchards and vineyards — use caution as most of these roads don’t have a shoulder.

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Chinon: Vineyard & Castle Run

Loire Valley, France

Chinon is another popular stop on a Loire Valley tour, known for its Forteresse Royale de Chinon. Our route incorporates a loop on quiet roads past fields & farms on the south side of the river, and then an inspiring approach to the hilltop castle.
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Angers: Ile Béhuard Loop

Loire Valley, France

Run a loop around the only village to lie on an island in the Loire Valley! Scenic paved walking paths ring the low-trafficked island, forming a flat 9 km loop. The terrain is pastoral, with open fields, farms, and river views. 15 km south of Angers.
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Loire à Vélo Cycle Path

Loire Valley, France

The Loire à Vélo Cycle Path is a beautiful long-distance cycle route in France, stretching 900 km. Much of it follows the Loire River towns covered in our Loire Valley guide. Use it as a resource to find a run or extend one of our routes. Great website, interactive map.
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RUNNING STORES

Tri Running Passion in Angers.

Terre de Running in Saumur.

Running Conseil in Tours.