Drink in the sights and the famous bubbly as you explore the valleys and vineyards in the lush green region of Champagne-Ardenne by bike says Janine Marsh…
The delicious bubbly drink is the main reason that people visit this lovely region but with more than 5,000 km of paths, tracks, and trails, Champagne-Ardenne has lots to offer those who want to get out and about and discover the region at their own pace. It is perfect for cyclists, with vast blue skies, wide open landscapes and plains, miles and miles of vineyards punctuated by charming, picturesque villages and grand houses, gothic churches, canals and lakes. Cycling in Champagne Ardenne offers a network of 450km (280 miles) of green ways which avoid using the roads. Growing year on year, the green cycle route (voie vertes) is built on tow paths that run alongside tranquil canals, old railway lines and waterways in the region.
From the Meuse Valley, an outstanding natural area in the Ardenne Massif, to Reims, Epernay and Châlons-en-Champagne with their many Champagne houses offering tours and tastings. From the great lakes between Troyes and Saint Dizier to the Forêt d’Orient national park – there are endless possibilities for exploring the region by bike. The green way routes are accessible to all levels and abilities and offer four themed areas.
Longer circuits – up to a day’s worth of cycling on cycle tracks and quiet roads
Long distance cycling routes – these routes run across the region and link Champagne Ardenne to other regions and countries
Mountain biking – dedicated off road areas
Champagne Cycling Map and itineraries
Pick up a copy of a handy pocket guide from tourist offices in the area – they will offer lots of ideas to help you make the most of exploring the region. There are designated routes, special itineraries and useful information like bike-friendly accommodation, bike rental locations and useful services for cyclists.
After a day of cycling, relax in one of the many lovely restaurants all of which of course serve the local drink Champagne and local produce like Troyes tripe sausage, Ardennes ham, Chaource or Langres cheese. Enjoy a well-earned rest in a delightful chambre d’hôtes, hotel, a moated castle or something more unusual – a tree house, horse-drawn caravan or yurt.
What are you waiting for? Get on your bike and enjoy a wonderful vacation in Champagne-Ardenne…