The three châteaux by bike

A 2-day loop to discover 3 majestic châteaux – Fontainebleau, Vaux-le-Vicomte and Blandy-les-Tours – the Fontainebleau Forest and the painters’ village of Barbizon. Perfect for a weekend of bicycling just outside Paris.

The northern section of this loop will lead you to three prestigious historic sites, from the banks of the Seine River on the edge of the Fontainebleau Forest to the Ancoeur Valley and its two fascinating châteaux: Blandy-les-Tours Castle with its medieval military architecture and sumptuous Vaux-le-Vicomte with its French formal garden. You’ll also admire picturesque villages and verdant landscapes of forests and fields.
However, please do be careful crossing certain heavily used roads, especially if cycling with children! This first northern section of the discovery loop is not recommended for children under 12 years of age.

The southern section of the “Three Châteaux Loop” will take you from Bois-le-Roi to Fontainebleau and its famous château, the former residence of French monarchs, for a sylvan excursion passing through the painters’ village of Barbizon before returning to Bois-le-Roi. The loop takes advantage of dedicated greenways passing through the forest for peaceful peddling.
This southern section is well suited to younger cyclists, but certain portions are not tarred/paved.

Safety instructions and good practices: - Respect the French highway code and remain vigilant on and near all roads, particularly at intersections and when crossing départementales (secondary roads) and passing over bridges. To that end, carefully read the guide provided for each itinerary. - Wear a properly fitting helmet. At night and in bad weather, wear a fluorescent vest with reflective bands and carry a proper torch/flashlight. - Restrictions for children under 12: make sure that the loop you want to follow is well suited to your children. - After every picnic, leave no trash behind, and respect the wild flora and fauna. - Prior to departure, make sure that your smartphone or tablet is sufficiently charged. Consider taking along a charger. - If you happen to notice any anomaly while following an itinerary, please don’t hesitate to write us! We value all such observations and remarks.

 

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