18,52 Km
1 h 16 min
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18,52 km cycling route from Thiron-Gardais to Nogent-le-Rotrou

You’ll need to find a final burst of energy at the end of this stage, arriving at Nogent-le-Rotrou, historic capital of the counts of Perche, to reach its chĂąteau dominating the Huisne Valley. Along the rest of the stage, there are other splendid viewing points, plus typical villages. In addition, lovely winding roads lead you through the heart of the Parc Naturel RĂ©gional du Perche. Along the way, you may spot some beautiful Percheron draft horses.

Elevation of the stage

253 m 116 m

Waytypes of the stage

By road: 18,52 km

Surface of the stage

Lisse: 18,52 km

đŸšČ Stage description and details:

From Thiron-Gardais, our cycle route follows a variety of picturesque little roads. You’ll note the slopes along this stage, requiring some effort, in particular on two occasions, riding up the slope after the hamlet of La Gaudaine, and then a few kilometres before Nogent-le-Rotrou. You enter this town via a modern development, before riding up to the highest point in town, where the Chñteau des Comtes du Perche dominates the scene, then you descend into the historic centre.

⭐ Don’t miss:

  • Abbaye de Thiron-Gardais, a medieval gem in this historic village.
  • Thiron-Gardais Royal and Military College and its formal French gardens, bought and restored by celebrity French cultural figure and TV presenter, StĂ©phane Bern, and where, on many days, you can enjoy a drink in the shade of the orangery.
  • The Domaine de l’Abbaye de Thiron-Gardais and its themed gardens, offering a colourful breath of fresh air. The Domaine, open year-round, also organizes escape games.
  • The ChĂąteau des Comtes du Perche, a medieval castle looking across the hills of the Perche area, while inside, a museum recalls the adventures of the lords of the Perche through history.

🍮 Food and drink en route:

  • Thiron-Gardais : nombreux commerces, restaurants et Ă©tablissements servant des en-cĂąs ou des boissons notamment plusieurs salons de thĂ© et un snack installĂ© sur une barge flottante sur le plan d'eau. 
  • La Gaudaine : pause agrĂ©able auprĂšs de l'ancien lavoir.
  • Nogent-le-Rotrou : nombreux commerces de bouche et marchĂ© le samedi matin sur la place Saint-Pol. 
  • Margon : boulangerie Ă  proximitĂ© de l'Ă©tang de Margon au nord de la ville, trĂšs agrĂ©able pour une pause pique-nique.

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🚆 Train stations nearby:

  • Gare de Nogent-le-Rotrou

💡 Also see our section on reaching the veloscenic cycle route, including conditions for taking a bicycle on board trains.

Accommodation on the stage

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