Ribemont / Tergnier La Scandibérique
Along the water
1 h 44 min
I begin / Family
Be prepared to be surprised by the Oise Valley! Here, the route passes below seven limestone slopes, at times closer to the meandering river, at times closer to the Canal de la Sambre à l’Oise. All along, appreciate the all too often ignored local heritage of locks, bridge-canals, former mills and protected natural zones boasting abundant flora and fauna. Bloucard Cliff’s steep limestone sides look grandly down on the riverbed 25m below, marking the abrupt end of the agricultural plain extending southwest from Guise, and making quite an impression on cyclists along the route.
Elevation of the stage
39 m 0 m
Waytypes of the stage
Cycle path: 23,83 km By road: 1,87 km
Surface of the stage
Lisse: 1,55 km Rugueux: 12,47 km Inconnu: 11,69 km
Along the towpath beside the Canal de l’Oise à la Sambre. Signposted EV3.
Surfacing smooth: compacted ground or asphalt.
The Scandibérique doubles up with the Véloroute Stevenson®, which follows the way taken by the adventurous Scottish author in 1876.
Interconnection at Tergnier with Véloroute 30, a cycle route that heads straight west for the Bay of the Somme.
- La Fère train station
- Tergnier train station
- Ribemont: the place from which Enlightenment philosopher and scientist Nicolas de Condorcet hailed, and where the family castle was built
- Sissy: the Chapelle des Endormis, a Gothic church left in ruins by fighting in World War I
- Mills at Sissy, Sénercy, Berthenicourt, Brissay-Choigny, Travecy and La Fère
- Oise Valley and a rayère, or traditional dam, on the Oise at Alaincourt
- Alaincourt: Maison de Marie-Jeanne, a museum with everyday objects of yesteryear, your ‘guide’ to them a resurrected Robert Louis Stevenson!
- La Fère: a town dedicated to artillerymen (with its arsenal, its Place d’Armes – parade square – its statue of an artilleryman and its château); Musée Jeanne d’Aboville (with art and archaeological collections)
- Tergnier: La Frette outdoor watersports centre
- Fargniers: Place Carnegie, an Art Deco square; Musée de la Résistance et de la Déportation (a war museum); the Cité Cheminote, an exceptional railwaymen’s estate (plus the listed station).