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River Cruise in Angers

The various rivers, Mayenne, Sarthe and Oudon, offer more than 300km of navigation. Here you have the opportunity to cruise through wooded landscapes and explore towns such as Laval, with its castle that towers above the river, or Angers, the town of the powerful King René from the 15th century. You can also visit Le Mans, known for car racing, Solesmes and its Beddictine Abbey, or Sablé, where you can savour its delicious shortbread cookies. The river Sarthe joins the river Mayenne near Angers. A visit to the Abbey of Solemes is a must, as is Malicorne-sur-Sarthe, which is known for its china, and no one can miss Le Mans, of course.

  • To see : fleurissement of the locks, the viaduct of Laval, old city of Laval, the boat lavoir St Julien of Laval, the city of the lion of Angers (with visit of the hippodrome, etc), the abbey of the Port Salut (and its shop of monastic products), close to Segré discover the field of Small Couère (reconstitution of a village of the beginning of the century with its classroom, her grocer and her shoe-maker – Agricultural museum, collection of 40 old vehicle– animals– little scenic train).
  • To taste : le sandre at white butter, le pommeau (local aperitif), le cider, pancakes, and potted mince of the Mans..
  • To know : 85 kms of towpath were rehabilitated to the town of Mayenne, which offers very beautiful possibilities of ballades to foot or bicycle.
  • Very Favourite : ocks: they are one of largest if not the greatest attraction of Mayenne. Each one has its charm and its characteristic: lock grocer, lock restoring, lock exposure photographs and even… lock bakery with explanation on the manufacture of the bread to old the etc. Without forgetting small the guinguettes local this offers to you the good dishes of the soil for prices defying any competition !

Navigation on the Mayenne :
Wild River of 200 kms, Mayenne will delight all the in love with nature, avid of discovered and adventures. You will stroll on this quiet, sinuous and green river where the carps defy the fishermen.
A question about the area? Discuss with the lockkeepers, it is them which with the wire of their accounts make live Mayenne! They will be happy to make you share their knowledge and will be good advisers.
If the lockkeeper had to go away… is at you to handle the lock! You do not worry; it is a simple operation that to have to do calmly with your crew or of the people met on the towpath… you will have then a beautiful photograph memory to put in your album!

Navigation on the Oudon :
Running out on 80 kms, Oudon is not however navigable that port of Segré to Mayenne is on 18km, with only 3 locks. This does of them one of the smallest navigable rivers of France. Think of making a supply before borrowing this small river because you will not be able any more to do it between Segré and the Lion of Angers. Indeed, Oudon carries you in a wild landscape, in the middle of nature…

Navigation on the Sarthe :
Long of 285kms, the Sarthe is a broad river which carries out you through a green nature. Quiet, this river is punctuated beautiful flowered locks operated with the hand by lockkeepers living on the spot who will be able to inform you as well as possible about the surroundings. You will cross accessible small villages, castles, churches and will benefit from this soft river which will each time astonish you by the surprises that it hides you…

From Angers : 

One week

  • Angers - Chenillé-Changé - Château-Gontier - Entrammes – Angers : 252 km, 21 locks, 35 hours

Two weeks

  • Angers - Chenillé-Changé, Laval, Mayenne, Segré – Angers : 392 km, 35 locks, 80 hours

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