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Meaux, WWI bike loop
Meaux, WWI bike loop
Meaux, WWI bike loop
Meaux, WWI bike loop
Meaux, WWI bike loop
Meaux, WWI bike loop
Meaux, WWI bike loop
Meaux, WWI bike loop

Meaux, WWI bike loop

A bike loop in and around Meaux, the setting of famous World War I battles. Departing from the Museum of the Great War, Pays de Meaux.

This loop explores the setting of multiple Great War battles, leading cyclists from the Museum of the Great War, Pays de Meaux, to the Lieutenant Charles Péguy Memorial paying tribute to this leading man of French letters who bravely died fighting for freedom. An outing along the country roads crisscrossing the vast Plain of France.

38 km
6 h
max. 162 m
min. 55 m
465 m
465 m

Altimetric profile

Accessibility

Styles : BaladeDiscoveryIn the country
Theme : Tourism of memory

Starting point

20 20 route de Varreddes
77100 Meaux
Lat : 48.972162Lng : 2.903427
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86 d
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Museum of the Great War, Pays de Meaux

You set out from the World War I museum of Meaux. This innovative and interactive museum offers a fresh perspective on the First World War. If you don't visit it now, you can always explore the museum later, at the end of this Great War-themed bike loop. Before the flags of the 25 nations that fought in WWI, pedal down the bike path towards Meaux. Turn right onto the Ourcq Canal towpath, just after the canal bridge. At the next bridge, cross the canal and follow the road. Enjoy the climb! At the top, turn left at the small roundabout, then on the other side of the traffic light turn right onto Rue Yves Montand. At the end, continue straight on along the footpath. Cross the road (after duly stopping) and enter the agricultural plain via the opposite road. Pass under the trunk road and follow the grassy track to Penchard.

20 Route de Varreddes 77100 Meaux
Lat : 48.967831Lng : 2.900701
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Penchard

After the gravelled lane, the road once again becomes tarred. Continue straight on, then left at the stop sign. In the town centre, make a sharp right along the town hall. The narrow road climbs steeply up to a path that snakes its way through the Penchard wood. You’ve entered the nature reserve of La Butte de Montassis. This hill was a strategic position during the Great War. The setting of a bloody battle early in the war, the site is today a peaceful 46-hectare nature reserve and paradise for birds. After a steep drop, make a right-left at the landmark illustrating a soldier from the Moroccan brigades that fought here. Pedal down the road, then turn right at the intersection. Admire the panoramic view of the plain, with its rolling fields dotted with villages. At the end of the road, continue straight on to the railway. The rough path provides a glimpse of what the soldiers had to deal with.

N330 77124 Cregy-les-meaux
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Iverny

Turn left after the SNCF railway tunnel. Head towards Iverny via the grassy track on the other side of the road.

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Lat : 48.991796Lng : 2.804886
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Villeroy

Next, to the left you come to Villeroy. There, follow Rue Saint-Pierre. In the village centre, turn left onto Rue Charles Péguy. The façade of the WWI Museum of Villeroy is covered by a Great War soldier. The museum collection focuses on the Battle of the Marne of 1914, presenting objects found on the battlefield and diverse documents.

32 Rue du Fresne 77165 Iverny
Lat : 48.996438Lng : 2.788323
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Lat : 48.971432Lng : 2.904724
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Villeroy’s Charles Péguy memorial

Upon exiting the village, at the end of the tree-lined road, don’t miss the viewpoint indicator pointing out the French and German positions during the Battle of Villeroy. The indicator is situated at the foot of the Charles Péguy Memorial, paying tribute to the great French writer and poet who died a hero’s death nearby.

77410 Villeroy
Lat : 48.981921Lng : 2.796675
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Villeroy’s Great Tomb

You can also visit the Great Tomb located a few hundred metres further on. There, a vast mosaic gathers together the names of hundreds of men killed in battle in the surrounding fields (with “Charles Péguy” to be found in the upper righthand corner). Afterwards, continue straight on along the tractor track next to the sports ground. Pedal along the farmstead’s pockmarked walls and turn left. In the middle of the field, you can still see the well that last refreshed the soldiers of the 276th Infantry Regiment. After Chemin de Puiseux, regain the road on your right.

D129 77410 Chauconin-neufmontiers
Lat : 48.97982Lng : 2.80171
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Iverny

In Iverny, turn right onto Rue Fortière, then take the first left. Continue on until the foot of the great tree and the war memorial. To the left, following along the cemetery, you can see the graves of soldiers killed here in battle. At the bottom of the road, turn right towards Le Plessis-L'Evêque, then right again onto Rue du Moulin. Continue straight on along the wide gravelled track, then turn right at the farm. The path snakes its way across the agricultural plain on the edge of the Bois des Sables wood. The path is at times rutted and stony.

2-6 Rue Fortière 77165 Iverny
Lat : 48.999547Lng : 2.78822
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Monthyon

In front of you, the village of Monthyon. On your right, you’ll be surprised to find the Étang de la Grue pond hidden behind the hedge. Pedal up Rue de Thiers to the village centre. Pass by the town hall and turn left at the end of the church wall towards the small roundabout. Now turn your back on the church by coasting down Rue de la République. As you descend, you’ll easily understand the strategic importance of this hillock overlooking the two vast plains on either side. Cross at the traffic light and head towards Varreddes. In the hamlet of Pringy, turn right onto a street that becomes a tractor track.

Chemin de la Fossé Gérard 77122 Monthyon
Lat : 49.013732Lng : 2.815934
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Barcy

On your left, the Barcy belfry comes into sight amidst the rapeseed fields. A metre before the secondary road, take the grassy path that almost makes a U-turn. Cross Barcy via the RD 97 and come to the large statue of Notre-Dame de la Marne, raised in honour of the soldiers who fought in the region’s first Great War battle. Follow the straight country road all the way to Chambry.

D38 77910 Barcy
Lat : 49.010498Lng : 2.879026
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Chambry

At the entrance to the village, climb the facing embankment. The overhanging lane on the right will lead you to Chemin des Dames de Fontaine. Then, turning right onto Ruelle de la Jaquenne and left onto Rue de Reuilly, you return to the agricultural plain below a wide road. On this path, you’ll be able to glimpse Saint-Etienne Cathedral.

37 Rue d'Ortheuil 77910 Chambry
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Meaux

At the large roundabout, cross by foot to reach the bike path going down to Meaux. You can see the Museum of the Great War, Pays de Meaux. If you haven’t yet visited it, now’s the perfect opportunity to explore this remarkable building.

D405 77470 Poincy
Lat : 48.975135Lng : 2.903731
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Open period

All year round.

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Tips

Safety instructions and good practices: - Respect the French highway code and remain vigilant on and near all roads, particularly at intersections and when crossing départementales (secondary roads) and passing over bridges. To that end, carefully read the guide provided for each itinerary. - Wear a properly fitting helmet. At night and in bad weather, wear a fluorescent vest with reflective bands and carry a proper torch/flashlight. - Restrictions for children under 12: make sure that the loop you want to follow is well suited to your children. - After every picnic, leave no trash behind, and respect the wild flora and fauna. - Prior to departure, make sure that your smartphone or tablet is sufficiently charged. Consider taking along a charger. - If you happen to notice any anomaly while following an itinerary, please don’t hesitate to write us! We value all such observations and remarks.

Tips

Safety instructions and good practices: - Respect the French highway code and remain vigilant on and near all roads, particularly at intersections and when crossing départementales (secondary roads) and passing over bridges. To that end, carefully read the guide provided for each itinerary. - Wear a properly fitting helmet. At night and in bad weather, wear a fluorescent vest with reflective bands and carry a proper torch/flashlight. - Restrictions for children under 12: make sure that the loop you want to follow is well suited to your children. - After every picnic, leave no trash behind, and respect the wild flora and fauna. - Prior to departure, make sure that your smartphone or tablet is sufficiently charged. Consider taking along a charger. - If you happen to notice any anomaly while following an itinerary, please don’t hesitate to write us! We value all such observations and remarks.