Cycling in France

in the Haute-Vienne, Nouvelle-Aquitaine

Whether you like mountain biking, racing bikes or electric bikes, the Haute-Vienne (part of the Limousin region) offers plenty of cycling routes for both beginners and experienced cyclists. This middle mountain range offers a varied landscape of forests, heaths, meadows, rivers and lakes. Let yourself be surprised by beautiful views and authentic hamlets and villages. No doubt you will pass meadows with the well-known Limousin cows. Enjoy rural France!


The Haute-Vienne has 5 certified* mountain bike areas with a total of 514 routes. The following are located at 20-45 minutes from B&B Le Puy Maury;


  • VVF Villages "Le château" mountain bike area in Nedde: 7 routes from 26 to 129 km of variable difficulty.
  • Espace VTT-FFC "Le lac de la Forêt" in Châteauneuf-la-Forêt: 355 km of mountain bike routes and 18 routes in total.
  • Espace VTT-FFC "Le Monts d'Ambazac" and "Val du Taurion" in the Monts d'Ambazac: 405 km of trails on 19 circuits from 5 to 38 km.

* Fédération Française de Cyclisme (FFC) and the Fédération Française de Cyclotourisme (FFCT)


Challenge yourself and ride the stages of the Tour de Limousin-Nouvelle-Aquitaine and follow in the footsteps of cycling legend Raymond Poulidor. The tour is classified as category 2.HC of the UCI Europe Tour.


Or go for La Limousine - André Dufraisse; a circuit belonging to one of the most beautiful routes in France.


A bit calmer? There are flatter routes around lake Vassivière. There are several bike rental companies in the area.