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Partly on the same route as the Loire à Vélo, this short and flat loop will allow you to discover another facet of the valley with its streams, hamlets and villages like Lignières-de-Touraine and the mural frescoes of its church or the castle of Fontenay built in the XNUMXth century.



Distance: 16 km

Duration: 1 p.m.

Difficulty : Easy

Brehemont 

Backed by the Loire, the port of Bréhémont testifies to the significant activity previously generated by river trade (cultivation and trading of hemp in particular). The presence of Loire boats testifies to the recent revival of the practice of Loire fishing. A meeting point for the Loire à Vélo and Indre à Vélo routes, Bréhémont is also a rental point for hydrogen-powered bicycles, an innovation offered by CC Touraine Vallée de l'Indre. Also note the metal work present near the scale on the dike, it illustrates all the specificities of this charming village.


Lignieres-de-Touraine

In the heart of the village, don't miss the Saint-Martin Church, largely built in the 2009th century. Its choir houses magnificent Romanesque frescoes dating from the 2017th century which were restored in 1920. Around the church, a Living Museum was created in 1970 from postcards and photographs dating from the years XNUMX to XNUMX and testimonies of the elders.


Fontenay castle 

Built on the remains of a square Gallo-Roman villa, this stately home from the XNUMXth century has kept its surrounding wall intact. The interior garden, intimate and precious, evokes the courtly romances of the Middle Ages.


 The Chapel-aux-Naux

From the port, you can observe a few islands serving as an ornithological nature reserve. You will notice hemp ovens, visible witnesses of the important culture of hemp until 1966. Former fishing village, also called "boatmen", the port hosts a toue cabanée "La Clémence II", a traditional boat restored by a community association.


 Langeais suspension bridge 

The Langeais bridge, with its towers and châtelets, was built in 1849. After two reconstructions, it was repaired one last time in 1946 by means of a footbridge placed over it.