With a growing demand for cycling getaways, the regional tourist board of the Champagne & Ardenne regions in France has released a new free cycling guide covering more than 1,000km of long distance cycle paths.
Suitable for all abilities, the routes cover a range of landscapes from river valleys, canals, vineyards and rural villages to historic cities and spa towns.
The 68-page guide has practical information about cycling in these areas, including detailed maps and lists of services and accommodation with helpful suggestions of where to eat and sleep along the way. All recommendations are under the quality label La Champagne à Vélo and Les Ardennes à Vélo, with more than 150 partners offering accommodation, bike rentals and other services.
Members offer a warm welcome to cyclists and provide special facilities such as having a safe place to store bikes overnight, a place where bikes can be cleaned and repaired, plus additional services such as providing picnic lunches, and even transporting luggage to the next hotel.
The guide covers six main itineraries: The Meuse by bike; From the Ardenne to the Marne Valley; The Marne Valley; The canal between Champagne and Burgundy; The Seine Valley; and The valley of the Aube and the Côte des Bar.
Guides can be ordered by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Meanwhile, a new internet portal dedicated to cycling in the Champagne & Ardenne regions is under development. It is already accessible at rando-champagne-ardenne.com and information should be fully updated by the end of next month.
In other news, the ‘Trans-Ardennes’ cycling path, following the river Meuse south from Givet, has been extended by 40km, with the Charleville-Mézières to Remilly-Aillecourt section, passing through Sedan, opening last year. The cycling path now covers a distance of 120km between Givet and Remilly-Aillecourt. The final 10km - from Remilly-Aillecourt to Mouzon - will be completed next year.
For more information see champagne-ardenne-tourism.co.uk
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