Our hikes

Fancy a little hike? Follow our hiking routes designed especially for you! Several routes and suggested walks in our towns and villages can be downloaded below.


THE MAUVES AND MILLS WALK

At the heart of the Courtils des Mauves Departmental Natural Park | 10 km

Follow the Mauves, these pretty waterways fringed by mills and crossing through Meung-sur-Loire, which will guide you to the entrance of the Courtils des Mauves Departmental Natural Park, a true island of greenery punctuated by walkways.

The Mauves in Meung-sur-Loire


THE CIRCUIT FROM CLÉRY TO THE BUTTE DES ÉLUS

A historic oddity on the banks of the Sologne | 8.5 km

Before setting off, you must first visit the basilica! At the exit of the village, the Ardoux river appears. This little tributary to the Loire peacefully traverses the municipality. It appears, disappears, and surprises you at the turn of a bend in the forest. You will soon arrive at the Butte des Élus, a remarkable Gallic tumulus with a statue of Virgin Mary at its summit.

The Notre-Dame de Cléry Basilica

THE MALANDRERIE CIRCUIT

From the fertile lands of the Val to the Loire river | 11 km

After the Val with its crops and fruit trees, appears the majestic and wild Loire river. Along the footpath, the evocative names of the villages you cross tell you the history of Mareau-aux-Prés: Le Vieux Bourg, La Malandrerie and Le Trépoix.

© Pascal Philippot

“SENTIER DE DÉCOUVERTE DES ISLES” IN MAREAU-AUX-PRÉS

Discover the richness of the fauna and flora of the banks of the Loire | 2.5 km

The northern section of the “Sentier de découverte des Isles” (island discovery trail) in Mareau-aux-Prés runs alongside the Loire and introduces the river’s ecosystem in all its diversity: beavers, insects, the alluvial forest, birds, are as many plant and animal species who depend entirely on the Loire river. All along the trail, information panels tell you about the richness of the fauna and flora along the banks of the Loire.

Sentier de découverte des Isles

THE “EAUX BLEUES” AND “PIERRE TOURNANTE” PATH

Between quicksands and megaliths | 2.6 km

You will be astonished by the two atmospheres and the two exceptional sites offered by this walk in Tavers: water, wash houses and watermills accompany you along the “Balade des Eaux Bleues” (blue water walk), culminating in the “Fontenils” and their quicksand. Further north, after walking along the fields, discover the impressive “Pierre tournante” (turning stone) hidden in the middle of a wood.

Les Eaux Bleues

THE BANKS OF BEAUGENCY

Welcome to our wild garden! | 4 km

Take a few steps away from the historic centre of Beaugency, and cross over the bridge to discover a preserved and protected natural site, the ecological richness of which is a true concentrate of the Loire valley’s biodiversity.

Here, the wild islets are populated with common and little terns, the alluvial forest houses a European beaver family and the banks of the Loire are populated with hares and roe deer. All these animals cohabit nicely in a wild and diversified area comprising sand, stonecrops and prairies.

All the information needed to understand the site are available onsite thanks to our panels, lecterns and boards.

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© CEN Centre-Val de Loire