An 85 km trail in unspoilt surroundings

The towpath was gradually extended over time and has now become an 85-kilometre route  linking Mayenne to Daon, passing through an outstanding natural setting.

  • Le cheminde halage le long de la rivière la Mayenne

    Le cheminde halage le long de la rivière la Mayenne

    © Photo : Jean-Dominique Billaud

  • Panneaux explicatifs  le long de la rivière la Mayenne

    Panneaux explicatifs le long de la rivière la Mayenne

    © Photo : Jean-Dominique Billaud

  • Attelage sur le cheminde halage

    Le chemin de halage de la rivière la Mayenne est ouvert à tous les véhicules non motorisés

    © Photo : Mayenne Tourisme

  • Espace pêche aménagé pour les handicapés

    Espace pêche aménagé le long de la Mayenne pour les personnes à mobilité réduite

    © Photo : Emmanuelle Dal'Secco

  • Le long du chemin de halage de la Mayenne

    Borne kilométrique et panneau explicatif le long du chemin de halage

    © Photo : Emmanuelle Dal'Secco

  • Grenouille

    Frog

    © Photo : Dominique Vernier

  • Libellule

    Libellule

    © Photo : Dominique Vernier

The River Mayenne
Crossing the department from one side to the other, the River Mayenne was for many years the most important trading route for the area.
The river was already being navigated in the time of Charlemagne and this continued until the mid-20th century. Barges sailed upstream carrying wood, oil or Loire sand and downstream carrying cider, cereals or linen and hemp fabrics.
That's why people came to settle quite naturally along the river and built the main towns of the Mayenne department: Laval, Mayenne and Château-Gontier.
After a brief period when it fell into disuse, the Mayenne has now found a second career thanks to leisure cruising and the transformation of the towpath into a recreational path.

The towpath
Once upon a time, boats were towed along, drawn by horses or by men walking on the path that bordered the river.
As the years rolled by, this was how the Mayenne towpath was created.
The towpath is one of the most beautiful green ways in France: an 85-kilometre riding and walking route, totally safe, open to all non-motorised traffic.
It's probably the simplest and most authentic way of reaching the real heart of the department.

Flora and fauna
On the towpath you'll find information panels along the way, explaining the history of navigation on the river and the built heritage that can be seen there, as well as the flora and fauna.
Some of the species are unique and protected:
- Yellow iris, ash and alder...
- Tree frog, grass snake and common frog ...
but you need to look very carefully.

More info

  • Departmental tourism committee
  • 84, Avenue Robert Buron
  • BP 0325
  • 53003 LAVAL cedex
  •  +33 (0)2.43.53.18.18
  •  +33 (0)2.43.53.58.82