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St-Arnoult / Rambouillet

[ Cycle routes Veloscenic, Paris <> Mont-St-Michel ] [ Paris and the Ile-de-France Region ]
  • 16.3 km
  • intermediaire Level Intermediate

The first part of this stage is not signposted (see route in red colour). However, the route is very pleasant, taking you along quiet roads as soon as you leave Saint-Arnoult. You quickly plunge into the magnificent Rambouillet Forest, criss-crossed by cycle tracks. Make the most of detours to the Villeneuve mill in Saint-Arnoult, much loved by the poet Aragon, and, on a different note, visit the Rambouillet's animal park.

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Green pictograms are for Cyclists Welcome service providers

The route

This 14km-long stage takes you on rural and cycling paths in Rambouillet forest, and some shared routes in the agglomeration.
No dangerous passages but sometimes undeveloped roads, which can be muddy at times. A little hilly.

Tourist offices
Rambouillet territoires Tourist office  - Accueil vélo (Cyclist Welcome)
rue des Remparts, l'Orangerie, 78730  Saint Arnoult en Yvelines
+33 1 30 41 19 47


Rambouillet territoires Tourist office - Accueil vélo (Cyclist Welcome)
Place de la Libération, 78120 Rambouillet
+33 1 34 83 21 21

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The Château de Rambouillet

Parc du château de Rambouillet - © Yvelines Tourisme - S. Tondut Rambouillet developed around a castle built from 1374 in the heart of the forest. The estate remained in the d'Angennes family for three centuries. In 1783, Louis XVI bought the castle and had the estate and neighbouring village remodelled. Later, the château became a residence for French presidents. Since the 1940s, it has hosted major international meetings. Khrushchev, Gerald Ford, Gorbatchev, Mandela and even Ghadafi in 2007 were received here by successive French presidents.


Rambouillet Forest

rambouillet forest by bikeWith its great oak groves, its lakes, its sandy stretches and its deep little valleys, Rambouillet Forest attracts over 10 million visitors a year. Luckily, this is one of the largest forests in the Ile-de-France region, with paths radiating out across it, originally laid out for royal hunts, and still used for hunting to hound.  Rambouillet Forest also conceals small treasures, so go out and uncover its unexpected historic and archaeological heritage.


L’Espace Rambouillet

l'espace rambouillet in the rambouillet forestThis animal park offers you a unique way of exploring Rambouillet Forest. At l’Espace Rambouillet, your hosts are out of the ordinary – roedeer, fallow dear, boar, falcons, eagles and other birds of prey. You can enjoy a sensational day out here and learn a great deal about the secret life of these creatures. Three special discovery areas allow you to get close to these forest animals. Appreciate the wild side of nature here.

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