The Mayenne Valley
After rising at the foot of Mont des Avaloirs (the highest point in western France), the Mayenne is fed by numerous streams and rivers.
Whatever your holiday destination in Mayenne, you are never far from the Mayenne Valley …
It crosses the département from north to south and flows into the Loire south of Angers after merging with the Sarthe. It became navigable between Mayenne and Angers in the 19th century by the creation of dams and locks.
Until the mid-20th century the River Mayenne was a major economic link, when barges sailed upriver carrying wood, oil and sand from the Loire and returned downriver with cider, cereals and canvas made of linen or hemp woven in Mayenne. The barges were towed by horses and often men along the famous towpath.
It is easy to imagine how busy life was beside the water with lock keepers, sailors, different trades, waterside bars and cafés, little river ports, etc. After a short lull in activity, the Mayenne found a new lease of life thanks to river tourism and the conversion of the towpath into a hiking path.
Visit the Vallée de la Mayenne on the water, on foot along the towpath or by bike along the VéloFrancette cycle route !
Our selection of accommodations
in L'HUISSERIE - Mayenne
Belle des Champs
in MENIL - Mayenne
La Lande du Pont
in Hambers - Mayenne
Our new accommodations
in SACEY - Manche
Domaine de Valloris, hébergements insolites jusqu'à 8 personnes
in Montenay - Mayenne
in MAEN ROCH - Ille-et-Vilaine