Monthly Archives: April 2016

Beach cycling on the Ile de Ré

I got down to the beach at La Couarde the other day and thought how lovely and empty it is.  You could see all the way along the coast, Ars one way and down past Bois Plage the other.   If you looked out to sea you could just make out the lighthouse on the Ile d’Oléron.  Then I realised you could also make out tyre tracks.

As it was low tide, the tyre tracks made me think that as I wanted to go to Bois Plage, I might as well cycle there along the beach rather than through the vineyards.

Ok, so it’s not the greatest view looking down, checking where you are going and avoiding random rocks.  However, it’s lovely looking across at the water while you are cycling.

I cycled as close to the waterline as I could, the sand was nice and hard so there was no chance of the bike sinking into the beach.  I passed nordic walkers as well as this man out with his dogs.  There were even a couple with buckets doing a bit of fishing on the rocks, pêche à pied, as the French call it.

See how empty the beach was.  A weekday morning when the sun was struggling a little to get through the haze but it was still lovely out there and an easy cycle from our house in St Martin de Ré.  To see more about that and find out how to book, click here.

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