World Reviewer rating

Worth a visit
Rating 1.4 (220 votes)

Walking in the Loire Valley

Listed under Walking in Loire Valley, France.

  • Photo of Walking in the Loire Valley
  • Photo of Walking in the Loire Valley
  • Photo of Walking in the Loire Valley
  • Photo of Walking in the Loire Valley
  • Photo of Walking in the Loire Valley
  • Photo of Walking in the Loire Valley
  • Photo of Walking in the Loire Valley
  • Photo of Walking in the Loire Valley
Photo of Walking in the Loire Valley
Photo by flickr user Claire.gores
Pin It

Architecture, natural beauty, excellent cuisine, comfortable places to sleep and good weather.  The Loire is an obvious choice for walkers, the routes are along pretty country roads and easy paved tracks, it’s quite flat, the villages and hamlets were built to be walked between and as well as the river, fields and wineries then there are the splendid chateaux. 

I travelled in part along the route of the GR46, GR41 and GR3.  I began in Amboise, I was interested in seeing Le Clos Luce, and from there visited Chenonceau, across beautiful countryside, littered with wildflowers at the right time of year, to Reignac and Montbazon near the gardens of Villandry before reaching Azay-le-Rideau, possibly one if the most lovely towns in the Loire with an amazing chateau.  

Through the forest of Chinon is medieval Chinon town which not too surprisingly for the region also has a lovely chateau and a Joan of Arc Museum. 

An alternative itinerary I have completed on a pervious visit to the Loire began in Blois and after a visit to the chateau proceeded along the river through the forest to Bracieux and via Cheverny to Chitenay then back down into the Cher valley as in the above.

There are so many walking possibilities that it is quite time consuming to research all your options, to help you out there are numerous guides and companies offering self guided holidays with booked accommodation, useful to people for whom the planning of it isn’t quite as enjoyable as the doing of it.

Written by  Larry Piper.

Comments, reviews and questions by other travellers

We have walked many 'marked out' walks in the Southern Touraine area of the Loir Valley - beautiful.

Post a comment, review or question

I want to
Question
My comment - optional
Rating - how would you rate this place or experience?
 

Who's been here

Similar Experiences

  • Southern Alps via the Milford Track

    Southern Alps, South Island, New Zealand. This vast area includes Mt. Cook, where Hillary trained for Everest, as well as the…

  • Nakasendo Trail

    During Japan's feudal period the Nakasendo Trail linked Kyoto and Edo (now Tokyo) via the mountains, rather than the Pacific co…

  • Walking in the Annapurna Region

    This is probably the best long distance trek in the world, no doubt. The terrain, culture and scenery are constantly changing, …

Nearby Experiences

  • Chateau d'Amboise

    A castle first stood on the river cliff here in the 11th century, built to guard a crossing point in the Loire, which runs far …

  • Hôtel Le Choiseul

    On the outskirts of the town of Amboise, Le Choiseul is composed of three residences (18th century), which rooms have ... Joset…

  • Chateau de la Bourdaisière

    The Chateau de la Bourdaisière is about as close as you can get to moving into Versailles. It has the same lovely sweeping sta…

Related links

Contribute to this page