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!
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.
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)
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:
To use the app: