Elevation of the stage
Waytypes of the stage
Surface of the stage
At Candé-sur-Beuvron, there is a steep slope. Just after Candé’s bridge, join the path to the right that takes you alongside the Beuvron River. Via the Beuvron, rejoin the Loire going along the track laid out to Chaumont-sur-Loire. Except for a few slopes through vineyards, the crossing of the D751 road at Mosnes and the scenic descent towards Amboise, this stage along minor roads proves easy.
Surfacing smooth: just one stretch, between Madon and Chailles, had rather bad surfacing at time of writing, taking you along a rough path without asphalt, but with some potholes and big ruts. The rest of the way is on minor roads with good surfacing.
From Amboise, you can reach the Château de Chenonceau via a 12km route.
- Train stations at Blois, Onzain and Amboise
- Train station at Chenonceaux
- Blois: the historic town centre; the royal château
- Candé-sur-Beuvron: the charming historic port; the picturesque village; the château
- Chaumont-sur-Loire: the château’s estate and stables; the Festival International des Jardins, a major annual festival of contemporary garden designs, from April to October; restaurants and shop on site.
- Mosnes: Domaine des Thomeaux (a hotel with spa facilities)
- Amboise: the remarkable royal château; Le Clos-Lucé, the sumptuous home in town that King François I gave to Leonardo da Vinci, plus its playful, educational gardens; St Denis Church; many wineries with spectacular cellars open for tastings; the riverside fountain designed by artist Max Ernst.