Stories & experiences

Circuit 9, a bike ride in the heart of the Marais poitevin

Circuit 9, a bike ride in the heart of the Marais poitevin

Home > Blog > Circuit 9, a bike ride in the heart of the Marais poitevin

25 September 2018

Discover the Marais poitevin by bike

A water bottle, a pump and patches in the backpack, that is what we need. The bike is ready with inflated tires and a greased chain. We decide to start from the gateway of the Louis Tardy dock in Coulon, but for this tour, there is no starting point, we can start wherever we want! We chose the circuit n°9 and its 21 kilometres in the heart of the Marais poitevin. So, let’s go!

Cyclistes sur une passelle en bois à La Garette dans le Parc naturel régional du Marais poitevin

Cyclists on a wooden footbridge.

A waterside bike ride

The bike routes of this part of the Marais poitevin, in the Deux-Sèvres, have the same tracking system, it is thus easy to locate the marks. On a light blue background, you have the distances and the route to take according to the selected route number. The number 9 quickly gets you out of Coulon to reach La Garette. You ride along the canal, sometimes on tracks, sometimes on a wooden bridge. Along this passage that allows you to test the seat comfort at the outset, you will find small arears with benches so that you can take a break.

A good way to discover Marsh’s biodiversity

Libelulle visible dans le Marais poitevin

Four-Spotted Chaser Dragonfly

You can enjoy the succession of dark and sunny tracks. You cycle surrounded by water. Still along one of the canals of the Marsh, the route peacefully follows the flat terrain which is perfect for a quiet family walk. Nature lovers discover information panels on the flora while you can observe a group of water vole by opening your eyes. They interact with sheep, cows, swans but also dragonflies that open the road flying around you.


A cycling route in the heart of the Marais poitevin

Kilometres pass between paths and ways. The last part of the route is more on open ground. Once you cross the Sèvre niortaise river and you start the return trip to Coulon, the route becomes more and more taken. The path longing the banks is a good way to meet numerous fishermen with success being uneven. Never mind, the quietness of the site is a means to compensate with a good nap under the willows.

Les quais avec les barques dans le village de Coulon, commune du Parc naturel réginonal du Marais poitevin

Docks of Coulon

As the distance is beginning to be felt, the panel “Coulon” indicates the end of the ride and the return to the village, where everything started, two hours later. 21 kilometres in 1 hour and 47 minutes to be exact; way below the time of the Tour de France pack! But time is not really important, we stop, we take a picture to instantly share with family and friends (yes, we have access to network!), we enjoy the quietness of the area. Dragged by the smell of waffles and crepes, we finally realise that it is time to recuperate in the bars and restaurants of the city.

There are more than 800 kilometres of marked cycling routes in the Marais poitevin, so there should be one for you! And if you don’t have a bike, don’t worry: bike rental is available in the whole Marsh and you can even rent an electric bike!

You can book your bike and even enjoy guided tours.

You can also enjoy the Marsh at the pace of the boat or canoe paddle, so why don’t you try it to?


My last articles

Circuits and maps

Download our map of the Marais poitevin

07 March 2022

Are you planning a visit or a trip in the Marais poitevin? The Park and the tourist offices provide a tourist map so that you can carefully discover the green and wild stretches of the Marais poitevin! Download our tourist map of the Marais poitevin and go discover our natural treasures! Go discover an exceptional […]

Keep reading

Circuits and maps

Trail-running routes in the Marais Poitevin!

17 January 2022

Are you a runner and used to long distances? Are you looking to push your limits in a natural environment with countless long trail-running routes to choose from? The Marais poitevin is the place for you! Last autumn, the Niort – Marais poitevin – Vallée de la Sèvre Niortaise Tourist Office developed officially-recognised trail-running routes […]

Keep reading

Circuits and maps

Ideas for exploring the Marais Poitevin

06 January 2022

Find the hiking trails on the website of the Marais poitevin Are you looking to explore the Marais poitevin? Look no further, click on the “Itineraries” tab and you’ll find more than 190 hiking, cycling or horse-riding loop trails. On this “itineraries” page you’ll be able to filter or narrow your search by type of […]

Keep reading