THE THOUET :
This river is 32 km long and an affluent of the Loire. The Thouet flows into the Loire in Saint-Hilaire-Saint-Florent, near Saumur.
It’s a very quiet river in summer, but in automn or spring, the Thouet could know sudden rise in the river levels and it could be really impressive.
FAUNA AND FLORA:
Trees : willows, ashes, alders. There are many poplars in zones liable to flooding, and they rather come from plantations.
Herbaceous plants : iris, reeds, forget-me-not, hemp, rush,…
You can also see water lilies and, in places without current, duckweeds.
In your trip, you could discover by chance some moorhens, but also ducks, swans (be careful they can attack you if they feel threatened, especially during the incubation), kingfishers, herons, …
Le Puy-Notre-Dame : le Moulin de Couché (watermill).
Vaudelnay : former site of the Vieux Moulin (watermill)
Lenay : “La Prée” of Thouars, chapel, menhirs
Montreuil-Bellay : View of the castle and the collegiate, fortified town and remains of the old bridge. Downstream, the Port of St Catherine, the watermill and castle of La Salle, the castle of La Durandière, of Coux and of the Ruau.
Bron : Elegant houses
PLACES TO STOP :
Le Moulin de Couché : restaurant and accommodation
Vieux Moulin : picnic area and gite
Lenay : campsite in the farm
Montreuil-Bellay : campsite and restaurant Les Nobis, picnic area, Auberge des Isles (restaurant), restaurants, bed and breakfast, hotels.
Le Chalet : bed and breakfast, campsite and restaurant
Bron : picnic area, bed and breakfast