On foot

Long and winding paths

The Pays de Laval has over 450 miles of pedestrian paths and trails

If you want to enjoy a family day trip or a bucolic getaway, you 're spoilt for choice hidden lanes, deep valleys, rolling hills - its a paradise for walkers and hikers.

Topo-Guide: "Pathways of the Pays de Laval"

 For your convenience, there is a guidebook  "Pathways of the Pays de Laval", offering 14 hiking trails through the Laval municipal area.

It costs just 5 € at the Tourist Office.

Instructions to receive: send us a check for € 5 payable to the "Office de Tourisme de Laval( 1 allée du Vieux Saint-Louis - 53000 LAVAL - France ) and upon receipt , we will send your guidebook.

 

Green trails and the towpath

50 miles of hiking trails along the river Mayenne

Randonnée pédestre sur Le Chemin de Halage

Totally redeveloped, the old towpath, once used to pull barges, has today become the premier trail along the Mayenne.

A 50 mile-long green swathe by the side of  the river provides the pretext for discovery of a natural heritage almost unique in France. Walkers, hikers and other nature lovers can explore the Mayenne, its history, heritage, wildlife, nature, canal locks and much more

 

Towpath guide

The guide "Discovering 85 km of happiness" contains all the items shown on the Discovery Panels at the tourist office, themes and cards, adding new information on the remarkable trees. It is available at the Tourist Office.

Railways

The General Council of La Mayenne, after the restoration of the towpath, has started renovating the enormous number of old railway paths, converting them for walking.

These greenways can be travelled on foot, by bicycle or on horseback, from Sain-Berthevin to Renazé (south), La Chapelle-Anthenaise to Ambrières (north), or Javron de Mayenne (north east) .

Download the Towpath Guide PDF

Map of the towpath and old railways

Photo credit: LAVAL Tourist Office - Bernard Girault

Practical information

Comité Départemental de la Randonnée Pédestre
84, avenue Robert Buron
BP 0325 - 53003 LAVAL
Tel: +33 (0)2 43 53 12 91- Fax: +33 (0)2 43 53 58 82
e-mail : cdrp.53@wanadoo.fr
Website: http://mayenne.ffrandonnee.fr/

Associations and clubs proposing walks and hikes:

  • ASPTT : 02.43.53.22.80laval

  • AFLEC : 02.43.69.56.74 - En savoir plus

  • Laval Accueil : 02.43.90.75.95

  • Laval Vélo Tourisme : 02.43.67.13.40

  • Maison de Quartier d'Hilard : 02.43.66.06.73

  • Laval Randonnées Pédestres : 02.43.56.39.25

  • ORPAL : 02.43.56.42.60

  • US Changé : 02.43.56.84.43

  • Inter Amnes : 02.43.98.07.08

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