My friend Roddy and I were talking about coffee stops and cycling cafés the other day as a client had asked him for some routes with great coffee stops built in. In the UK an integral part of the ride is the… Read More

When you’re cycling along the coastline in Charente Maritime you will almost certainly see some Carrelets. These unusual wooden structures are part of the local scenery now and are visible in seaside towns as well as on the coast by the sea… Read More

‘Ooh Er Missus!’ – Ile Madame is Charente Maritime’s fourth and smallest island. Having visited Ile de Ré, Ile d’Oléron and Ile d’Aix I have been wanting to complete the set and visit Ile Madame for quite a while. This tiny island of… Read More

La Flow Vélo starts (or finishes) on the beautiful Île d’Aix just off the coast from Fouras. Ile d’Aix is small but perfectly formed with hollyhocks all over the place and lots of little sandy beaches on its beautiful coves. There’s a… Read More

The gorgeous Île de Ré in Charente Maritime is best known for being an upmarket bolthole where well heeled Parisians can let their hair down away from the grime and dirt of the City of Lights. Its cute villages are lined with… Read More

The route has been announced for the 2019 Tour du Poitou Charentes which will take place from Tuesday 27 – Friday 30 August this year. It starts in Niort and finishes in Poitiers 658km later passing through the rolling hills and vineyards of the… Read More

You can switch up your cycling trip along Euro Route 1 – La Vélodyssée by going down the Gironde Estuary past Talmont-sur-Gironde with its beautiful 11th century church that overlooks the estuary. Next up is the picturesque port of Mortagne-sur-Gironde and this is followed by… Read More

If you’re thinking of cycling the Vélodyssée or Le Canal de 2 Mers à Vélo this year, here’s timetable for the ferry crossings from Pointe de Grave in Royan to Verdon. It’s in French but you’ll get the gist 😉 Here’s a link… Read More

Peter and Gerard came to stay last week for a relaxing time cycling around Charente Maritime. Peter had worked in Cognac as a stagiaire a while back so wanted to rediscover the area and see it in the sunshine. This is a… Read More

Whilst working at The Felix Project last winter I met the lovely Katie Barraclough who told me that she loves taking pictures of places and food in her spare and travel time. We talked about the possibility of her coming to stay for… Read More