Waytypes of the stage
Cross Briare’s bridge-canal, then take care crossing the D951 road on the Loire’s south bank to continue on opposite. Before Beauregard, there is a slope to tackle. Between St-Brisson-sur-Loire and St-Martin-sur-Ocre, the way is along minor roads and laid-out paths. From St-Gondon, head in the direction of St-Florent via the D54 road. After Lion-en-Sullias, you cycle up on the levée, the historic bank protecting the land from flooding by the Loire, up to Sully-sur-Loire. Take care along this stretch.
Surfacing smooth: a mix of asphalt and compacted tracks. The asphalt along the towpath you follow is in more or less good state.
To Gien town centre and train station
- Briare train station: on regional TER line from Paris, with spaces for bikes, and on Intercité line Paris Bercy > Montargis > Gien > Briare > Nevers, with spaces for bikes by reservation only
- Gien train station: on regional TER line from Paris, with spaces for bikes, and on Intercité line Paris Bercy > Montargis > Gien > Briare > Nevers, with spaces for bikes by reservation only
- Briare: the bridge-canal; the Musée des 2 Marines (on Loire mariners); the Musée de la Mosaïque et des Emaux (on local mosaics traditions)
- Saint-Brisson-sur-Loire: the château
- Coteaux du Giennois: AOC vineyards
- Gien: the historic town centre; the Château-Musée (on hunting); the Musée de la Faïencerie (on pottery)
- Sully-sur-Loire: the château and its grounds