Loire Valley, France

Chinon: Vineyard & Castle Run

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Chinon is another popular stop on a Loire Valley tour, known for its Forteresse Royale de Chinon, built by Henry II of England, with Joan of Arc & Knights Templar links. We’ve put together a route incorporating a loop on quiet roads past fields & farms on the south side of the river, and then an inspiring approach to the hilltop castle.

Start on the south side of the Vienne River on the Quai Danton and run west on a small, pretty road. At the 2.5 km mark, turn left, and head back east toward town. Then take the main road, D749 toward the river and cross the bridge across the Vienne, which has great views of old town and the Forteresse Royale. Turn RIGHT on Rue Jeanne d’Arc, which heads to the castle, where you can enjoy a nice little tour of the grounds.

Add-Ons: From the bridge, take a 1 km out and back detour on Île de Tours, an island in the middle of the Vienne River. There’s a wooded path with occasional glimpses of the water.

Essentials
  • 7.3 km (4.5 miles)
  • 30m (100 feet)
  • Quai Danton, south side of the Vienne River

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Essentials
  • 7.3 km (4.5 miles)
  • 30m (100 feet)
  • Quai Danton, south side of the Vienne River