Cycling from Blois to the Château de Chambord: a romantic escape

Published in June 2016
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Château de Chambord - Cycling guide from Blois to the Château de Chambord by
Reaching the Château de Chambord on cycle

An intense journey at the gates of Paris, but which leaves a taste of a faraway journey, this cycle ride on the road from Blois to the Château de Chambord follows one of the routes of « la Loire à vélo » or “The Loire on cycle”. Cycling is also another experience for approaching this dazzling masterpiece of the French Renaissance, and for imbibing the nomadic spirit of its creator, the king François I.

Our tour begins at the train station of Blois, a pleasant little art town on the banks of the Loire, where you could also take the opportunity to visit the royal château of Blois. We will then take you on the route “la Loire à vélo” towards the château de Chambord, through the bucolic landscapes of wooded fields and vineyards of the Loire valley. We will approach the château by an intimate path that can be crossed only by foot or on cycle, away from the touristic routes, to take advantage of the grandeur and the solitude of the place. On the way back, after a short passage through the quiet countryside and along the banks of the river in its most unusual recesses, we will end the cycle tour at the Mer station to catch the return train.

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logo Practical information

  • Departure: Blois – SNCF train station
  • Arrival: Mer – SNCF train station
  • Access from Paris by train: the stations of Blois (SNCF station of departure) and Mer (SNCF station of arrival) are both on the Intercités « Paris-Austerlitz – Orléans – Tours » SNCF line and on the TER « Orléans – Tours » line. You could change trains at the Orléans station for a greater choice of train schedules. Carrying cycles on both the Intercités and TER lines is free, subject to availability of free place.
    Allow about 1h30 to 2h depending on whether or not you get a connecting train at Orléans.
    For more information, read our blog (in french) S'évader sur la Loire à vélo depuis Paris
  • Distance: 39 km (25 miles)
  • Level: easy
  • Parking: free parking on the left bank of the Loire, below the quai Henri Chavigny
  • Bicycle rental: Tourism Office board of Blois can help you to find a rental service

logo A one-night weekend idea from Paris

Take the train to Blois from the Austerlitz station in the morning. You will reach Blois in the early afternoon. Visit Blois and spend the night there. The next morning, take your cycle and head to Chambord. Take the train from Mer to Paris. You will reach Paris in the evening

Your stay in Blois: we have tested for you two hotels of very good quality for the price. They both are situated near the Blois station and have the "Accueil vélo" (Cyclists welcome) label:
  • Hotel Anne de Bretagne in Blois: its ivy-covered façade and its beautiful terrace are appealing. The clean and cosy rooms et a cycle proeminent decoration will bring you in the right cycling mood. The bike storage is in a courtyard next to the hotel and has no shelter... It is better to have good locks and properly secure the bike, even if the environment seems secure. The hotel also provides several features such as bike rental and packed lunch.
  • Hotel Best Western in Blois: a rather conventional hotel with the advantage of being right in front of Blois station. The rooms are small but functional and the hotel has a bicycle parking in the basement.

The Banks of the Loire in Blois - Cycling guide from Blois to the Château de Chambord
The banks of the Loire in Blois

logo To see and visit on the way:

  • The château de Blois: the only castle that can be proud of having hosted no less than 10 queens and 7 kings of France. Open every day except on certain holidays.
  • The old town centre of Blois and its pedestrianized streets.
  • The magnificent views of Blois from the banks of the Loire.
  • The château des Grotteaux and its romantic surroundings.
  • The village of Huisseau sur Cosson with its little stone bridge, its wash house and its little church.
  • The cycle track through the vineyards of the Val de Loire (or Loire Valley).
  • The château de Chambord and its park, a magic vision for you when reaching on cycle. The château is open every day except on: the first of January, Christmas day, and the first Tuesday of February. You have to pay for visiting the château, but entry to the park is free.
  • The pretty St-Dyé sur Loire church.
  • The more intimate banks of the Loire between St-Dyé and Muides sur Loire.
Cycling along the canal of the château de Chambord - Cycling guide from Blois to the Château de Chambord
Cycling along the canal of the château de Chambord

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