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Saint-Martin's Way and the Scandiberian 

Two key trekking and cycling tourism routes, well worth the trip, that invite you to enjoy a different kind of visit across the department's slightly rolling scenescapes. So, get your hiking boots on or jump on your bike and head off to discover our heritage! 

Saint-Martin's Way 

chemin de Saint-Martin

This 170 km-long walking route, which starts off in Ligugé, south of Poitiers, ends in Candes-Saint-Martin in Indre-et-Loire. Walk in the footsteps of Saint Martin, who founded the first Western abbey located in Ligugé! 

On your way, stop off and contemplate a host of iconic heritage sites: Ligugé Abbey, where 25 monks still live today, Saint Hilaire Church in Poitiers, 5 other small St. Martin churches as well as the famous Fontevraud Abbey, a historical landmark. 

White-stone direction milestones with cardinal points and D St M written on them are interspersed along the way to guide you. 

The Scandiberian 

Scandibérique - Eurovélo3

This bikeway starts off in Norway in Trondheim and ends in Spain in Santiago de Compostela. A 5,122-kilometre stretch of trails to delight cycle tourists! Here, in Vienne, the route begins north of Port-de-Piles and finishes in Availles-Limouzine in the south of the department. 

Don't forget to stop off on the must-sees on your route: Châtellerault with its industrial history, Chauvigny one of the “Plus Beaux Détours de France” (Most Beautiful Detours of France) with its sumptuous medieval district, Lussac-les-Châteaux and its prehistoric vestiges, Availles-Limouzine and its natural landscapes. 

The Greenway (La Ligne verte) 

la ligne verte

The Greenway (la Ligne verte), which links Châtellerault to Loudun, is a former railway line converted into a bikeway. Enjoy the peacefulness as you ride along and discover the local fauna and flora as well as the history of old train stations described on information panels.

Head off on a trail with Kamino Guide 

Download the French-created Kamino Guide app to your smartphone and discover a host of walking and cycling routes and loops in the Vienne department, in particular: 


  • The Scandiberian: from north to south, north loop, south loop (bikeway) 
  • The Greenway (La Ligne verte) between Loudun and Châtellerault (bikeway) 
  • Saint-Martin's Way: from Neuville-de-Poitou to Ligugé (trekking) 


To use the app:

 

  • Download the Topoguide "Vallées de la Vienne" (Vienne Valleys),
  • Open the Topoguide,
  • Discover all the routes under the "Mon Topoguide" (My Topoguide) tab,
  • Scroll through the routes with GPX trails.

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