Do you know that Rivarennes, the starting point of the circuit, is home to the museum, unique in the world, of the tapée pear? Another originality along this route rich in small heritage: in the port of Bréhémont you will notice two emergency toilets commonly called pissotières.
Distance: 16 km
Difficulty : Easy
Rivarennes, village of the Poire Tapée
Specialty of the village, the Poire Tapée is a fruit traditionally dried in a wood oven. It is a way of preserving pears inherited from the time when the Loire navy was in full swing. This very old artisanal product, which disappeared in the 30s, was relaunched by a local association in 1988. Today, a few craftsmen develop this production in accordance with the know-how highlighted in the scenography presented at the Maison de la Poire. Typed.
Indre and Old Cher
The Indre joins the Loire Valley at Bréhémont. It divides here into many arms before flowing into the Loire a few kilometers to the west. The Vieux Cher is an old arm of the Cher. Home to many species, the Val du Vieux Cher is the ideal place for an intimate observation of the fauna and flora. Also discover the Sensitive Natural Area of the "Bardeaux de l'Indre", named after the old marshes, divided into arms flowing into the Indre.
This charming village in Touraine offers an ideal view of the Loire and its islands. The variations in flow of the largest river in France, as sudden as they are formidable, constitute a crucial problem for the local populations. Major site of migration and nesting, the Loire allows the development of shipping activities. 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 dyke, it illustrates all the specificities of this port of the Loire.
Former confluence of the Cher
The Cher converged in two places with the Loire: the bec du Cher in Villandry and at a place called Rupuanne in Bréhémont. In order to protect the populations from flooding, the river was isolated by enclosing it at its end at a place called Rupuanne and by installing a dam-spillway structure at Villandry. This is how the Old Cher was born.