This is a classic river running loop in Orléans, capital of the Loire Valley. Gravel paths along the Loire River extend in both directions from the city’s historic center, featuring wonderful water views. Within a few km, the scene becomes increasingly pastoral. Fun to combine with a ~5k loop on the paths around Île Charlemagne. (Note: Pont=Bridge)
We’ve put together an 8 km loop, between the Pont René-Thinat and the Pont de l’Europe, so runners can enjoy both sides of the river. The paths on the north side pass closer to some of Orléans’ historic sights and are more festive, but in some sections are very close to a busy road. They’re a bit more bucolic on the north side. Runners can also combine the riverfront paths with paths along the Orleans Canal (Canal d’Orléans), which extend west of Pont René-Thinat for several km. There are a couple of connections to the path from the river paths. Note: the surface of the canal paths can occasionally be cobblestone– not great for running!
Add-Ons: Paths extend further east or west from our loop. Also great to combine with the paths around Île Charlemagne, which are located on the south side of the river 1 km east of Pont René-Thinat. An easy-to-follow path leads there.