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The river tow path

Following the tow path

Once exclusively reserved for commercial activity, the river Mayenne has become a unique tourist attraction, at once an ecologically responsible holiday and great fun.

The tow path is a moving reminder of the past, where boatmen and their horses pulled barges laden with wares between the towns of the region.

Today it the perfect haven for walkers, hikers and other nature lovers. It begins in Mayenne and covers over eighty miles (100 km) to the south of the département and beyond. Click here to find out more. 


Logo_la_vélo_francetteThe tow path also forms part of the Vélo Francette cycle path. This route, just over 630 km long, connects the Atlantic to Normandy at Ouistreham, passing through Normandy, Mayenne, the Loire Valley, the Thouet valley, the Marais Poitevin, and La Rochelle.

As fast or as slow as you like!


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