Which long-distance walks in France are suitable for cycling?
Good question!! I should start this post by letting you know up front—I can’t ride a bike!
Leaving that obvious obstacle aside, I choose walking because I like it. It forces me to slow down and pay attention to my surroundings, to notice the château far away on a distant hill or to fully appreciate a cold drink or cup of coffee from a café that has seemed a long way off for a long, long time.
But perhaps you’ve chosen a walk and have fallen in love with the places you’ll visit but just don’t have the time available to walk it? No problem!
Some paths are obvious choices for long-distance cycling.
Towpaths alongside canals were cleared for horses pulling barges but today, cyclists account for most of the land traffic. Many canals offer bike rental stations and some also provide repair stations for broken chains (or whatever it is that breaks on a bike!)
Other paths, including the Chemins de Saint-Jacques, are not suitable for cycling. The tracks can be rocky, muddy after rain and a cyclist following the Pilgrims’ Trail would seem out of place.
But don’t let this put you off.
All the villages you’ll pass through on any long-distance walk in France are connected by road. Plug them into your GPS or carry a map and be on your way! Cyclists are common on the back roads of France and French drivers are exceptionally considerate. Take the usual safety precautions and there is no reason to miss any of the charm French countryside offers.
Learn more about walking (or cycling) along a canal—
Learn more about walking along the Chemin de Saint-Jacques du-Puy-en-Velay—
Or visit six of France’s most beautiful villages walking from—
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