The Indre River stretches over 280 kilometres (173 mi) through the regions of Cher, Indre and Indre-et-Loire. In this Collection, I propose a route that traces the river’s last 200 kilometres (124 mi), from the Loire into which the Indre flows to Châteauroux. Aside from the 20 kilometres (12.4 mi) on the first and on the second stage (to visit the Château Chenonceau), the route closely follows the river.
The majority of the route follows quiet roads which are safe for cyclists. Nevertheless, you should still take care, especially if you’re travelling with children. The entire route is accessible for all types of bikes and doesn’t have any major climbs.
I split the route into three stages, between 60 to 80 kilometres (37 - 49 mi) long, but you can adapt it to suit you. Remember to book accommodation in advance as you won’t have as many options as on other routes, such as the Loire à vélo (komoot.com/collection/445/). Most attractions are open year-round, but restaurants and accommodation may close so I recommend going in season. You can ride the route in the opposite direction to finish on the Loire which has slightly more downhill than uphill.
Visit magnificent chateaux such as Azay-le-Rideau and Chenonceau, pass through impressive medieval towns such as Montbazon and Palluau-sur-Indre and cycle along the wild banks of the Indre – this is a varied ride between ancient geology and natural landscapes.
The easiest way to reach the route is by taking the train to Tours from Paris, Lyon, Nantes, Caen, Orléans. This Collection begins in Bréhémont, around 30 kilometres (18.6 mi) west of Tours. Stage 2 starts roughly 30 kilometres (18.6 mi) east of Tours, so you could cut the route a bit shorter. In Châteauroux, you can catch the train to Paris, Orléans, Limoges and Toulouse. Or, you can continue your adventure long the Indre to its source or even to the route of the Tour de Creuse à vélo.
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Last updated: November 24, 2022
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This first stage starts from Bréhémont, a village located on the edge of the Loire, about thirty kilometers west of Tours. This is where the Indre flows into the Loire and therefore where the route begins.
This section is the longest, with just over 80 kilometers for 450 meters of elevation gain. Your…
This second stage extends over less than 60 kilometers and will therefore be more accessible than the previous one, with also less elevation.
From Chenonceau, head south, following the route taken in the previous stage, to Azay-sur-Indre, where you join the Indre River. Around the thirtieth kilometer…
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This stage of around sixty kilometers includes 400 meters of elevation gain and takes place like the other stages, mainly on small country roads, little used by cars.
From Châtillon-sur-Indre, continue to follow the river to the medieval town of Palluau-sur-Indre. This small village is home to several…
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