Start Sablé-Sur-Sarthe| Period: 2 days (Sarthe) – 10H return cruise
Spend a week-end exploring Anjou lower Valleys and enter a wild territory that only a boat could cross !
At your arrival on Friday at 4PM : boarding and training on your boat.
Navigation : 1h
Head south captain ! After a quick hour of navigation, you come across one of the rare deck built deep into nature, in the forest of Pincé alngside the Sablé-Solesmes Golf (rewarded as the prettiest course of the Atlantic Loire Valley). You can reach a restaurant from there and enjoy this place for your first night ; fully deconnected ! Or, if you still have a lot of time ahead of you, you could go down to Morannes for the night.
For the early birds among your crew, the Golf’s course is a nice place – early in the morning – to get a glimpse on the local fauna emerging from the forest !
Navigation : 1h45
The ancient village of Morannes is a good place to refill your stocks onboard ! Bakery, butcher and a small convenient store are here at your disposal. If you want to skip the shopping/cooking session, you can reach the Auberge du Port Saint Aubin, an hôtel built in an old chapel, that happens to have a restaurant !
You might get lucky and see a genuine play of Boule de Fort in the dedicated building (a local sport we play in slippers !).
Navigation : 1h
You are now entering the Natura 2000 area of the Anjou lower Valleys, a protected and wild environment !
Brissarthe is one of our favorite stops : quiet banks, a bucolic mood and its little paved streets … we strongly advise to enjoy a little stroll, for the sole pleasure of the eye or to visit the XIIth century church.
Navigation : 45min
In Châteauneuf, take the time to loo at the uncommon ceramic characters watching over you with their benevolent look from the lock. You can have a break here to enter one of the many shops or even visit the Mathez chocolate factory. Do not miss their famous truffles !
Navigation : 20min
Another little treasure of Anjou lower Valleys, a perfect spot to spend a night if you are looking for a quiet time. Juvardeil was once an important barge construction site in the XIXth century, designing boats reaching 30 meters long. Nowadays, we enjoy wandering through the narrow typical streets, its colourfull vegetable gardens along the river where some inhabitants are willingly telling to those who listen the story of this little village and its enormous church.
If you pay attention to the plates mentioning the streets names ; you may read the names of the comics’ characters from “Sylvain et Sylvette”. It is no coincidence as it is the home town of its drawer Jean-Louis Pesch. You may even find a little road fully decorated by the said artist !