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Between Eure and Loir Valleys

[ Cycle routes Veloscenic, Paris <> Mont-St-Michel ]
  • 75.2 km

This section of La Véloscénie leaves Chartres, capital of stained glass and light, via a greenway meandering by the Eure. Then the route crosses the plains that serve as Paris's granary to head for pretty Illiers-Combray, closely associated with the great novelist Marcel Proust. Continuing through the open landscapes of the Beauce Plain, you quickly come to Thiron-Gardais and its abbey grounds, offering a foretaste of the Perche area close by.

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The 3 stages of the section « Between Eure and Loir Valleys »

  • Chartres / Illiers-Combray

    Chartres / Illiers-Combray [33.3 km]

    After a last look back at luminous Chartres Cathedral, this stage leads you on towards the Loir (without an 'e') Valley and Illiers-Combray. This place is devoted to memory of the great novelist Marcel Proust. Around Illiers, the countryside begins to change from the Beauce Plain to the more undulating landscapes that typify the Perche area.

    Difficulty: Intermediate view the detail
  • Illiers-Combray / Thiron-Gardais

    Illiers-Combray / Thiron-Gardais [24.4 km]

    You mainly follow ordinary roads along this stage of La Véloscénie, taking you from the Beauce Plain to the edge of the Perche. Little Thiron-Gardais is a gateway into this beautiful rustic area and provides a surprise with its remarkable abbey and grounds.

    Difficulty: Intermediate view the detail
  • Thiron-Gardais / Nogent-le-Rotrou

    Thiron-Gardais / Nogent-le-Rotrou [19 km]

    La Véloscénie continues to follow small country roads across the Perche's hills; these do require some effort to climb. As a reward, enjoy the splendid views from their heights. Finally, you pass the Château St-Jean arriving at Nogent-le-Rotrou.

    Difficulty: Expert view the detail