Cycling paths in Chartres and its suburbs
Chartres Métropole encourages developments that promote bike riding, so you will find a dense network of bicycle routes that connect the various working areas, educational establishments, sporting areas, “green” zones and access to the city centre. Great for excursions midway between town and nature for the whole family! But this urban coverage is not limited to the city centre of Chartres: the network has been developed throughout the urban area, with secure paths for cyclists.
For an outing along the banks of the Eure, opt for a cycling trail between Chartres and Le Coudray, where you can continue your ride along the town’s bike lanes. Or set off for Luisant instead along a Green Plan trail... But the best compromise remains the Nature in Town Trail, a 17 km loop that passes through Chartres, Le Coudray, Luisant and then Mainvilliers, without between overly tiring!
Touring Eure-et-Loir by bicycle
For the boldest cyclists, two national routes cross through Chartres and its surrounding area... What do you say?
Veloscenic, Paris to Mont Saint-Michel
This cycling route leads from Ile-de-France to the Mont St-Michel, by way of the Chevreuse Valley, the Perche, the Maine and the hedged farmland of Normandy. It is accessible to various skill levels, with sections of green trails connected by quiet country roads. It is terrific for discovering magnificent viewpoints and sites. The portion in the Eure-et-Loir Department links Epernon to Nogent-le-Rotrou over a distance of roughly 110 km, leaving Chartres by means of a green trail running along the Eure... An exotic experience is guaranteed!
Camino de Santiago
After the Veloscenic between Chartres and Mont Saint-Michel, this is the second national route crossing through Eure-et-Loir and the city of Chartres in the direction of emblematic destinations. Cyclists can follow it to Tours (one of the four main routes) from Paris and even Northern Europe. It passes through Eure-et-Loir from the northeast (Droue-sur-Drouette / Epernon) to the southwest, taking a nearly identical path as the Veloscenic up until Illiers-Combray, via the Eure Valley, Maintenon and Chartres. After Illiers, it heads southward through the Loir Valley, by way of Bonneval, Châteaudun and Cloyes-sur-le-Loir.
This alternative route is quite popular with Dutch bicycle tourists who want to avoid Paris and the Ile-de-France Region by bike. Characterized by only slight elevation changes, Nordic cyclists have been riding along this path for some 20 years now. Today it is considered to be the most popular Camino de Santiago route in France amongst cyclists.
Its peaceful trails far removed from motorized traffic have been specially chosen for cyclists, with access roads connecting them to train stations and major pilgrimage sites. The itinerary is now entirely waymarked. So, ready to hop on your bikes?