Where to cycle in France

Click on the map to search the regions for bike routes in France, cycling holidays, bike hire and lots of other inspiration for cycling in France.

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Bike hire for the Paris-Roubaix Challenge

Reader Q&A: Mark wrote in from Australia to ask about bike hire for the Paris-Roubaix Challenge.

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Cycling Lacanau Ocean, Carcans Ocean and Hourtin Plage

Flat, dedicated bike paths through forests and along the beach make Lacanau an ideal place for a family cycling holiday in France.

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A family cycling holiday in Corsica

Reader Q&A: Susanne wrote from Denmark to ask about a family biking holiday in Corsica.

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10 tips for cycling the Canal de Garonne and the Canal du Midi

Bordeaux to Sète - 10 tips for cycling the Canal de Garonne and the Canal du Midi.

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Review self-catered house for cyclists: La Poste des Gardes, south-west France

Jacqui Brown reviews La Poste des Gardes, a historic cyclist friendly house on the River Vienne in south-west France.

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Cycling hotel review - Le Saint James hotel, Bordeaux

I headed to Le Saint James hotel in Bordeaux to catch up with an old friend who was arriving with her bike. Here's what we found.

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Cycling in the Parc naturel régional du Vexin français

The Parc naturel régional du Vexin français north-west of Paris is a super place for cycling – it's also on the Avenue Verte London to Paris bike route.

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Poitou-Charentes cycling holidays

Browse our listings to find a guided or self-guided cycling tour of Poitou-Charentes.

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The Paris-Roubaix Challenge

Ride the Paris-Roubaix before the pros in the amateur Paris-Roubaix Challenge sportive event.

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Hiring bikes and a dog trailer in Corsica

Reader Q&A: Millie wrote in to ask about hiring bikes and a dog trailer in Corsica.

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Accommodation for cycling in Picardy

Use our map to find hotels and B&Bs for cycling in Picardy, Aisne, Oise, the Somme, Amiens and Albert in northern France.

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Cycling accommodation review: White Eden Chalet, Bourg-Saint-Maurice

Andy Hodges parked his bike at the White Eden chalet, just south-east of Bourg-Saint-Maurice in the Tarentaise Valley.

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Accommodation for cycling in Nord-Pas-de-Calais

Use our maps to find hotels, B&Bs, gites and campsites for cycling in Nord-Pas-de-Calais, Arras, Calais, Lille and Roubaix.

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Accommodation for cycling in Lorraine

Find hotels, B&Bs, gites and campsites for cycling in Lorraine, Meurthe-et-Moselle, Meuse, Moselle, the Vosges and Nancy.

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Auvergne cycling holidays

Check our list of cycling holidays in the Auvergne for guided and self-guided rides.

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Languedoc bike route - Orb Valley bike ride

Local cyclist Darren Kennedy has sent in this 48km circular bike route from Autignac to Roquebrun, following the Orb river valley.

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Cherbourg bike route

This 340km circular bike route from Cherbourg is a great way to explore Normandy.

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Climbing Ventoux on a Brompton

Paul Lamarra tackled the Giant of Provence, Mont Ventoux, on his folding bike. Here's how he got on.

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Brittany cycling holidays

Find a bike tour of Brittany taking in the coast, Saint Malo, Mont St-Michel, Dinard, Dinan and much more.

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Climbing the Galibier, Alpe d'Huez and other cols in September and October

Reader Q&A: Andrew emailed to ask whether it was possible to climb the higher cols of the Alps well into September and October.

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Corsica cycling holidays

Find a guided or self-guided cycling tour of Corsica to match your ability and budget.

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Cycling hotel review: Hotel de La Porte Dorée, Paris

Looking for a Paris hotel whose staff won't blink an eyelid if you drag your bike and panniers through the door? The Hotel de La Porte Dorée is for you.

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Languedoc cycling holidays

Find a guided or self-guided bike tour of Languedoc to match your ability and budget.

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Limousin cycling holidays

Browse our listings to find a guided or self-guided cycling tour in the Limousin.

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Bike hire in Le Mans

Reader Q&A: Andrew wrote to ask about bike hire in Le Mans. Here's what we came up with.

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Nord-Pas-de-Calais cycling holidays

Nord-Pas-de-Calais cycling holidays, including routes down to the battlefields of the Somme, and Paris-Roubaix.

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Picardy cycling holidays

Browse our listings to find a guided or self-guided cycling tour of Picardy.

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Alsace cycling holidays

Browse our listings to find a guided or self-guided cycling tour of Alsace.

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Canal des Deux Mers bike route

Canal des Deux Mers à Vélo links the Atlantic Coast to the Mediteranean, starting north of Bordeaux and joining to the Canel de Garonne to Canal du Midi.

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Nantes-Brest Canal vs the Vilaine Rive

En route to Redon, Karin Badt wasn't sure whether to bike the Nantes-Brest Canal from Nantes or take the Vilaine River from Rennes – in the end, she took both.

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Normandy cycling holidays

Our pick of guided and self-guided cycling holidays in Normandy.

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Electric bike hire in Alsace

Tourist authorities in Alsace are offering electric bikes across the region via the Movelo Alsace scheme to make sightseeing as easy as possible.

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Book review: V4: A Brittany Cycle Route guidebook

If you're cycling the northern French coast between Roscoff and Mont St Michel, then the V4: A Brittany Cycle Route could be the guidebook for your pannier. Review by Richard Peace.

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Campsites on La Velo Francette bike route

Here's a list of campsites on the Vélo Francette bike route from La Rochelle to Caen.

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La Veloscenic Paris to Mont St-Michel - What you need to know

Here's what you need to know to start planning a bike ride along the Veloscenic Paris to Mont St-Michel cycle route.

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Cycling the Hourquette

Andrew packed a small rucksack and headed off to ride his first ever Pyrenean climb, the Hourquette. Here's his report.

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Puy-de-Dôme cols open to cyclists one morning a week

Exciting news from Auvergne, where four cols in the Puy-de-Dôme are closing to cars each week throughout summer to give cyclists exclusive access. Here are the details.

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Vallée du Céou Voie Verte, Dordogne

Jason Hargreaves rides the 25km Vallée du Céou voie verte south of Sarlat. It runs from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle to L'Abbaye-Nouvelle in the Dordogne.

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10 things for your Burgundy cycling itinerary

Need ideas for your Burgundy cycling holiday? Vineyards, canals, Beaune, cathedrals and ancient ruins – here are 10 things to put on your must-see list.

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5 things for your Le Mans cycling itinerary

After three days of cycling La Sarthe à vélo, Jacqui and Adrian Brown had a day off in Le Mans to explore the city. Here's what they got up to.

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Cycling the Dolce Via

We sent Jacqui Brown off to bike the 75km Dolce Via veloroute in the Eyrieux river valley of the Ardèche. Here's Jacqui's report.

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La Rochelle to Arçais on the La Vélo Francette

Here's today's stage from La Rochelle to Arçais through the Marais Poitevin (with a lovely little detour after we missed a turn).

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The Dieppe Raid or Tour des Trois Vallées

Bob Zeller usually goes touring by himself or with a friend or two. He makes an exception for the Dieppe Raid. He tells us why.

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Cycling in the Bois de Vincennes in Paris

The largest public park in Paris, the Bois de Vincennes, is an absolute delight for cyclists. Here's how to enjoy it by bike.

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Alsace wine route bike hire

Reader Q&A: Sara emailed from the States to ask about bike hire near Saint-Pierre-Bois for the Alsace wine route.

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A self-guided cycling holiday on La Velo Francette – a DIY itinerary

La Velo Francette is one of France's hottest cycle routes. Here's a DIY itinerary for the route.

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In search of Van Gogh, Pissarro and other great masters

You don't have to cycle far out of Paris to escape the crowds. Mark Cramer heads off in search of Van Gogh, Pissarro and other great artists.

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Cycling on Île de Ré

Everything you need to know to enjoy a cycling holiday on Île de Ré, an island off the west coast of France.

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Things to do on Ile de Ré

Ile de Ré is a haven for cyclists. Here are some things to do while exploring the island by bike.

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Riding the Ardèchoise Cyclosportive

Adrian Brown rode the Ardèchoise Cyclosportive for us in 2016. His one-woman support team, his wife Jacqui, sent us this report from the road side.

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