Stage 3 - Avesnois

Natural Regional Park of Avesnois

Classify since 1998 as Natural Regional Park, the Park of Avesnois is very rich thanks to the farming activity, the landscapes of meadows, the wooded countryside and a lot of few rivers. Through the fortifications of charming cities, the roman place, the watermills, the religion heritage and powerful farms, The Avesnois is overflow with beautiful landscapes all of which are building his identity.
With 300 kilometers (180 miles) of bike ramble, the green cycling path and the “scandibérique” who crosses the Park, the bike lovers are in the center of the attention in Avesnois.
More discovering in the House of the Park or in the website


Whether you come from the North, the South or the East, the Montagne de Reims has the shape of a nave placed on the Champagne’s plain. First a blue line on the horizon, it illuminates progressivey with iridescent or golden refl ections according to the season. The varied landscapes, characterised by the trinity (forests, vines, farmland), give to the Montagne de Reims Regional Nature Park a singular identity. Although the plateau is covered by a huge forest, hillsides are populated by an exceptional vineyard, forged by a unique know-how. This territory combines a mosaic of terrains that constitutes a unique heritage and sometimes exceptionnal, such as the Faux de Verzy.

Ballons des Vosges Regional Natural Park

Breath-taking sceneries abound around the Great Vosges Crest: altitude meadows, glacial cirques, Lorraine valleys, deep forests, lakes and peatlands, Alsatian villages. Further south, the Thousand Ponds Plateau in the Haute-Saône region is its second greatest natural resource. Discover the Park’s treasures along the many cycle trails covering nearly 400 km, to the delight of families and sports aficionados alike. Three Green Ways have also been created. A former border, the southern part of the Vosges Massif has evolved into a meeting ground propitious to both contemplation and nature activities.

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Aubrac Regional National Park

This high plateau has inherited distinctive shapes from the ice age and its volcanic beginnings: rocky boulders, basalt walls and prismatic expanses. Seasons are easily differentiated here; the scenery is wild and varied.
Scattered with bogs and peatland, lakes and rivers, it provides a mosaic of environments and pastureland as far as the eye can see, which the grid of low stone walls and "drailles", transhumance paths, only serve to underline.
With its "burons", summer herder's huts, and its eponymous cow, Aubrac asserts its vocation for and expertise in agro-pastoral farming!

There is a rich and diverse range of activities within nature in Aubrac, building on the area's cultural and scenic wealth. The area is synonymous with touring and can be explored in different ways.

You can discover it by foot, bike and on horseback on its many footpaths, such as the Mounts of Aubrac circuit.
For fans of long-distance walks, the emblematic Camino de Santiago (GR 65), of which sections have UNESCO World Heritage status, winds through the area from mountain pastures to the Lot Valley.

With support from Aubrac Regional Natural Park, various local players want to develop high-quality mountain bike and electric mountain bike paths with the VTT-FFC label and road biking routes along emblematic roads, enabling as many people as possible to discover Aubrac in an alternative way.

In preparation for the Tour de France coming to the area, on 14 July Aubrac Regional National Park is organising The Green Escape: a trip crossing Aubrac, passing through three departments over a 25 km-long route without motorised vehicles.
There will be free entertainment on offer, oriented around sport, gastronomy, the arts, culture and a laid-back lifestyle. You can discover the route at your own rhythm, by bike, roller-blade, on foot, on a kick scooter, with a horse and cart, on horseback...

Aubrac Regional National Park is also experimenting with alternatives to travel by motorised vehicles. It won the ADEME's call for projects for "Bikes and Town and Country". This means thought is now being given to bike and electric bike use within the area as a day-to-day means of transport.

L’arrivée se faisant au Prat d’Albis, un milieu naturel fragile, l’association des Amis du Parc a souhaité organiser un accompagnement à pied des spectateurs du Tour de France, pour limiter les impacts sur l’environnement et faire découvrir chemin faisant les richesses naturelles du site.
Le déroulé sera le suivant :
Montée à pied au Prat d’Albis pour assister à l’arrivée des coureurs. Le samedi : départ de Ganac, et bivouac sur le site. Le dimanche : départ à 9h pour la journée. Dénivelé de 600 mètres. Temps de montée : 2h30.
Contact et inscription : Jean-Claude Rivère, 06 81 91 83 65

Le Parc naturel régional des Baronnies provençales, c'est le massif de moyenne montagne situé entre Drôme et Hautes-Alpes, au pied de la face nord du Mont-Ventoux. Terrain d'entrainement privilégié des cyclistes pour l’ascension du Géant de Provence, le Parc est riche d'une 20aine de cols routiers oscillant entre 900 et 1300m d'altitude. On y roule sur de petites routes sinueuses, dans des paysages préservés, à l'équilibre entre une agriculture de montagne et une nature encore sauvage. Les Baronnies provençales, une destination vélo à découvrir !

While summer is coming, you may visit by foot, by car or by bicycle the Natural Regional Park of Queyras, high mountain landscapes and villages among which are the nicest and highest of the Alps !

Bicyle is everywhere:

  • Along paths, in forest or pastures to explore by mountainbike. Thanks to the website Chemins des Parcs find all the marked ways online or on the app ;
  • For families with the numerous marked itineraries between France and Italy, called Véloviso
  • For those who plan to climb the mythic alpine passes like Izoard or Agnel, several days are reserved for cyclists during summer.

Enjoy Queyras and discover this Park for its amazing landscapes in between Alps and Mediterranean Sea, and for its cultural and handcraft identity like woodcraft.

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