Bike trips are becoming increasingly popular for visitors both young and old, keen to visit the Loire Valley at their own pace. Maybe you already know La Loire à Vélo and L’Indre à Vélo? We would like to introduce you to another bike route: Cœur de France à Vélo, also known as cycle path number 46. It’s surrounded by nature and runs along the Cher Valley and Berry Canal. 

Cœur de France à Vélo: the perfect itinerary for the whole family 

Cœur de France à Vélo is perfect for a trip with children, as it is flat and allows you to discover three different regions, Touraine, Berry and Bourbonnais. Within these three regions, there are excellent spots to visit, including the cities of Bourges, Vierzon and Tours. And did you know? The team that designed the Cœur de France à Vélo bike path also created La Loire à Vélo

David Darrault
Cyclotouristes à Saint Aignant
David Darrault
Cyclotouristes le long du Canal de Berry

The route is far from being definitive, in fact, it grows every year: thanks to works planned between 2022 and 2027, you will be able to join the Loire from the Berry Canal. At this point, you can already enjoy three sections: Montrichard – Cher Valley in Tours (30 kilometres), Vierzon – Bourges (32 kilometres) and Saint-Amand-Montrond – Montluçon (50 kilometres). By 2027, Cœur de France à Vélo will be 300 kilometres long, a magnificent cycle tourism route that’s connected to La Loire à Vélo at both ends

Plan your trip to the Loire Valley with ease 

Whether for a trip with family or a romantic getaway, don’t hesitate to consult the various guides available online to plan your stages: Montrichard to Chenonceau for a journey into the Middle Ages and the Renaissance; in the Cher Valley, experiencing beaches, locks and presses; or discovering many Loire châteaux, surrounded by nature, along a loop of approximately 30 kilometres. 

On Cœur de France à Vélo, you can enjoy the services of a range of professionals bearing the “Accueil Vélo” label. It is a reference in cycle tourism, providing a guarantee that you will find certified establishments within five kilometres of the route: bike rentals and repair shops, restaurants, various kinds of accommodation, tourist offices, tourist sites, and more. 


During the months of July and August, you can take the Rémi and Tours-Bourges-Nevers trains to easily access the route. It’s free to take your bike on the train (specially designed to accommodate bikes), and there is no special reservation needed, as long as you have a standard rail ticket.  

Bonne (vélo)route ! 

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