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Lussac-les-Châteaux / Confolens La Scandibérique

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52,97 Km
3 h 31 min
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Lussac-les-Châteaux / Confolens
Lussac-les-Châteaux
Confolens
From Lussac-les-Châteaux to Availles-Limouzine, the Scandibérique follows small, bucolic roads with little traffic. The rolling plains start to have more pronounced slopes, meaning you have to make more physical effort, plus the landscapes will take your breath away! Look out for spots beside the Vienne from which you can go bathing in the river for a refreshing break. The majestic viaduct at L’Isle-Jourdain takes you across the river, which you then leave behind, riding on to Availles Limouzine. The art works scattered around the Château de Lessac are bound to leave you thinking. At the town of Confolens, give your ‘pins’ a break by taking the little tourist train!
401 m 468 m

The route

Mainly on minor roads and county roads, with certain stretches on former railway lines (though check on the state of these before heading out!). Take care at the following junctions: with the RD11 road leaving Lussac-les-Châteaux and before L’Isle-Jourdain. Signposted EV3.

Surfacing smooth: asphalt. 

Link towards the city of Poitiers (17km long) via minor roads, going from Bonnes via Lavoux and Bignoux.

Trains

  • Lussac-les-Châteaux train station

Don’t miss

  • Lussac-les-Châteaux: Musée de la Préhistoire
  • Queaux: the remnants of Gallo-Roman baths 
  • Moussac: the canoeing centre
  • L’Isle-Jourdain: the former SNCF train viaduct; the tree-top assault course
  • St-Germain-de-Confolens: the château ruins (including the remnants of the 12th-century keep, towers from the 13th and 14th centuries and the 15th-century lords’ wing)
  • Confolens: the architectural legacy around this Cité de Caractère, boasting 1,000 years of history

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