Loire Valley, France

Amboise ‘Runseeing’ Tour: River, Ile D’Or, Castles!

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Here’s a run that has it all: paths along the Loire River, the grounds of three castles, historic churches, and great views. Ambroise is a Loire Valley town located 22 km east of Tours. Note: entry fee might be required for some of the Châteaux.

Château Gaillard Amboise. CC 4.0

‘Runseeing’ Tour. Our 8.5 km tour starts on the south side of the Loire at the Pont du Maréchal Leclerc. Run on the bridge to the L’Ile d’Or, an island in the middle of the Loire River. Do the ~4 km tour of the island, which includes the alée leading to the Chapelle Saint Jean (there’s a running track behind it!). Come back over the bridge, passing the Chapel of Saint-Hubert, an important Gothic chapel that’s also Da Vinci’s burial site. Then, run the grounds & panoramic terrace of the Château Royal d’Ambroise, a Gothic & Renaissance 15th-century chateau. Continue uphill on Av. Victor Hugo (note: narrow!) for 0.5 km to the Château du Clos Lucé, the former home of Da Vinci. Continue on Rue de Clos Lucé, then LEFT on the All. de Pont Moulin to see the Château Gaillard Amboise, a resrored Italianate castle with lovely gardens & grounds. Retrace your steps, but in instead of Av. Victor Hugo down the hill, bear RIGHT on Rue Léonard Perrault, passing the Panorama sur la Ville d’Amboise, which has a great view of the old town.

River Route. Run the paths along the Loire River as a standalone route or in combination with our Ambroise ‘runseeing’ tour. From the Pont du Maréchal Leclerc, a path heads for 4 km east to the Etang de la Varenne sous Chandon (fishing pond). Nice water views, some wooded sections. Part of trhe Loire à Vélo cycle path.

 

 

 

Essentials
  • 'Runseeing' Tour: 8.5 km (5.3 miles); River route is up to 4.2 km one-way
  • 'Runseeing' Tour: 64m (211 feet); River route is flat
  • Pont du Maréchal Leclerc
  • Parking lot at Parc du Lac de la Bergeonnerie

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Essentials
  • 'Runseeing' Tour: 8.5 km (5.3 miles); River route is up to 4.2 km one-way
  • 'Runseeing' Tour: 64m (211 feet); River route is flat
  • Pont du Maréchal Leclerc
  • Parking lot at Parc du Lac de la Bergeonnerie