Mount your bicycle and set off on a discovery of the Berry region, letting yourself go with the flow. By following the roads of Berry, you will pass through traditional villages and discover bucolic scenery along the river. Discover the views and locations not to be missed along the way!
The first thing that springs to mind when thinking about cycle routes and pathways along the river is of course the Loire à Vélo. We have decided to show you a similar route, Le Canal de Berry, which also runs along the river! The only difference is that some of the pathways have yet to be developed. But two pathways (almost three!) can already be taken, between Épineuil-le-Fleuriel and Saint-Amand-Montrond and between Plaimpied-Givaudins and Mehun-sur-Yèvre. 120 kilometres in total! Fancy coming along for the ride?
L’Indre à Vélo: at the heart of the valley
Whether you have come on a holiday or just for the day, or you are on a cycling tour, l’Indre à Vélo gives you the opportunity to go through traditional villages and discover bucolic scenery along the way.
L’Indre à Vélo - from the Loire to Châteauroux- is an itinerary which connects Bréhémont to Châteauroux and is punctuated by places of interest on either side. It is made up of shared pathways, country roads and quiet alleyways.
The roads in the Indre have little traffic and their flat surface suits cyclists of any level. At a distance, you will be able to recognise the village of Palluau-sur-Indre, perched high-up at the top of a hill. The Château of Palluau was home to the Frontenac, the first governors of Quebec, and overlooks the village. For nearly 300 years, it was the most contested site in the Kingdom of Aquitaine. Push your curiosity further by visiting the Bonne Nouvelle Chapel and the Saint-Laurent Priory, decorated with magnificent 12th century frescoes.
From Épineuil-le-Fleuriel to Saint-Amand-Montrond
This is where the Berry Canal...enters the Berry region! The cycling route starts thirty kilometers from here. The first part of the project was inaugurated in Épineuil-le-Fleuriel in May 2019. The village of Épineuil-le-Fleuriel is best known for having been the home of Alain Fournier, the well-known author of "Le Grand Meaulnes". The Maison École du Grand Meaulnes retraces the history of this school of the Third Republic and plunges you back into the heart of the setting of one of the greatest French novels of all time!
The first few kilometres will take you through the Berry countryside, just a stone’s throw from the Forest of Tronçais. You will pass through several villages before noticing the magnificent Château of Ainay-le-Vieil. It would be a shame not to take a break to visit it and discover its Rose Garden and Chartreuses, or even to have a go at an Escape Game!
Once you have reached this point, you will have already done two thirds of the trail!
The last bit of the trail will take you to Saint-Amand Montrond via Drevant and its Gallo-Roman site. It is an essential stop along the famous Jacques Cœur Circuit, as you will be able to visit the fort and the Saint-Vic Museum in which are held remarkable art and history exhibitions.
The ending point of the route is only temporary, as once the works will have been completed (by 2026-27), the route will join the Loire à Vélo. Or else, finish your trail in Plaimpied-Givaudins, where our other starting point is located!
A short way off the trail: the Brenne
From here, you can follow the 12 circuits of the Brenne à Vélo and appreciate the splendour of this wild territory and its exceptional flora and fauna. The routes are not particularly difficult, but they do offer an amazing selection of sites you must see in the Brenne. The route has many advantages. First, in terms of landscape: you will cycle through meadows, woods, moors, up hills and around lakes. Secondly, the trail gives you the possibility to stop along the way: observatories, Maison du Parc, Maison de la Nature, etc.
The Indre à Vélo runs through the region. Follow it to Jeu-les-Bois after going through the vast forest of the Poinçonnet which borders Châteauroux. Very quickly, you will reach the romantic landscapes of the Land of George Sand and other distant lands of the Indre.
From Plaimpied-Givaudins to Mehun-sur-Yèvre
You’ll almost have your feet in the marshes at the start! Plaimpied-Givaudins is a village which boasts unspoilt nature, as well as St. Martin’s Abbey, the Romanesque building you will go past on the way. A few kilometres then separate you from the most important part of the route: Bourges, the capital of Berry!
Vous y entrerez par le Lac d’Auron et à partir de là, vous emprunterez le trajet de la Rocade Verte qui fait le tour de la ville. Les plus courageux peuvent en profiter pour découvrir les merveilles de Bourges : son centre-ville historique et ses monuments tels que la Cathédrale ou le Palais Jacques Cœur ; ses Marais, poumon vert à quelques minutes du centre ; ses musées, ses jardins… Bref, pas de quoi s’ennuyer !
Sinon, en suivant le Canal, vous découvrirez une partie plus sauvage de la ville. Vous le suivrez encore pour un moment, passerez par le village de Marmagne. Puis une jonction se fera avec l’Yèvre, qui annonce l’arrivée prochaine à Mehun-sur-Yèvre.
Cette cité médiévale abrite les vestiges du Château de Charles VII, sa porte de l’horloge et les Jardins du Duc Jean de Berry. Mais c’est aussi le siège de la manufacture de porcelaine la plus connue du Berry, Pillivuyt. Une histoire et un savoir-faire unique qui mérite de s’y attarder un moment.
La suite du parcours, c’est pour bientôt… voire très bientôt ! En effet, la portion qui reliera Mehun-sur-Yèvre et Vierzon est sur le point d’être terminée, vous pouvez d’ailleurs déjà l’emprunter ! Encore un peu de patience et on pourra rejoindre La Loire à Vélo pour des échappées vertes dans le territoire berrichon !
Want to cycle along the beautiful Creuse valley?
We suggest a ride along a quiet, undulating road on the left bank of the Creuse and along a former railway line on the right bank. This shaded route leading to Le Blanc passes over two viaducts overlooking the town. The route following the old railway line, now the “Touraine Berry à Vélo” Greenway, offers a shaded, safe and easy itinerary for half of the route.
- Accueil vélo - Bikes welcome
- Accueil vélo - Bikes welcome
Alexis, 21 years old. Originally from the Berry area and still here to promote it and to enjoy its parks, gardens and stunning places for a walk or a jog!Discover the experiences