Starting in the village of Essards, you can hike south to the English oak tree of La Ronde at the heart of the Motte forest. “It was planted around 1750 and villagers say Queen Victoria spent a night under its canopy.”
Further afield, 120 kms of bike trails can be explored between Tours and Candes-Saint-Martin. You can bike to Savonnières, Villandry, Langeais, Bréhémont, Rigny-Ussé, and Chinon and discover the heritage and environmental treasures of each of these sites. The paths cut across the banks of the Bois Chétif, a protected zone of endangered nature.
Loire by bike
The Val de Loire offers a wide range of marked bike paths for the entire family. It’s an ideal way to enjoy the magnificent landscape of these preserved natural sites. To plan your bike trip, a number of sites are available: cycling for softies, Loire à vélo, Touraine Loire valley
Sports and other activities are available year round.
18-hole golf courses can be found throughout the region. The nearest to Aulnay Bricard is the Château des Sept Tours at Courcelles de Touraine. Additional information available at (+33) 02 47 24 59 67 and email@example.com.
Other golf courses can be found at Golf en Touraine
Tennis at Langeais’ municipal courts, information and reservations can be had from 10am to 6 pm at (+33) 02 47 96 67 73
Horseback riding at O’poney, an FFE riding farm in Langeais. Lessons for children and adults are available from beginner to advanced, with a “baby poney” option for children starting at two years old. More information available at (+33) 02 47 96 57 57, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or on their website.
There are few things better on a hot summer day than to dive into cool water. The Loire valley offers a dozen natural swimming sites with lifeguards. More information is available at http://www.touraineloirevalley.co.uk/outdoor-activities/outdoor-recreation/swimming
The site nearest Aulnay Bricard is the Lac de Hommes, roughly 10 kms away.
Fishing on the banks of the Loire and communal ponds. Trout, pike, and roach can be found in Essard and nearby towns
Bridge club in Langeais. We can provide more information or consult their website (French only).