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From Fontainebleau to Barbizon, biking between the Seine and the forest
From Fontainebleau to Barbizon, biking between the Seine and the forest
From Fontainebleau to Barbizon, biking between the Seine and the forest
From Fontainebleau to Barbizon, biking between the Seine and the forest
From Fontainebleau to Barbizon, biking between the Seine and the forest
From Fontainebleau to Barbizon, biking between the Seine and the forest
From Fontainebleau to Barbizon, biking between the Seine and the forest
From Fontainebleau to Barbizon, biking between the Seine and the forest
From Fontainebleau to Barbizon, biking between the Seine and the forest

From Fontainebleau to Barbizon, biking between the Seine and the forest

Cycling between the Seine River and the forest, to discover Fontainebleau and its majestic château, the painters’ village of Barbizon, and the magnificently flamboyant villas overlooking the Seine.
The ideal bike loop for a green weekend getaway.

This excursion invites cyclists to explore the exceptional Fontainebleau Forest, before leading pedallers to admire Fontainebleau Palace, French royal residence for several centuries. The itinerary then continues on to Barbizon, the beloved village of Impressionist landscape painters. Finally, the two-wheeled tour crosses the Bière Plain on its way to the picturesque Seine River Valley.

This itinerary is well suited to younger cyclists, although certain portions are not tarred/paved.

The perfect excursion for a 2-day cycling stay, with a stopover in Bois-le-Roi.

43 km
5 h
max. 151 m
min. 42 m
413 m
413 m

Altimetric profile

Accessibility

Styles : BaladeDiscoveryIn the country
Theme : Patrimony

Starting point

14 Gare de Fontainebleau Avon
77210 Avon
Lat : 48.416572Lng : 2.726511
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The Fontainebleau railway station

Departing from the Fontainebleau-Avon railway station, bike down Rue du Viaduc (reached from the Paris platform by taking the underground tunnel passing beneath the railway, then exiting the station on the left) to come to, at the very bottom of the street, the bike path, turning right at the viaduct roundabout. You’re now biking along Rue Carnot. At the end of the bike path, continue straight on across the Place Carnot square, then turn right onto Rue Dumoncel. Bike up this street via the bike path, then enter the château park via the entrance situated opposite Rue Montceau. Upon entering the château grounds, turn left to follow the left bank of the Grand Canal. Admire the splendid view of the palace and its gardens.

14 Rue du Viaduc 77210 Avon
Lat : 48.4147Lng : 2.725402
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Lat : 48.406478Lng : 2.699608
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Château de Fontainebleau

Be sure to visit Fontainebleau Palace, the residence of French monarchs for eight centuries. Stroll about the splendid gardens, admire the ballroom and the Gallery of Plates, and discover the Empress’s royal apartments. At the end of the canal, turn right onto Avenue des Cascades to exit the park and enter the town centre, then turn right onto Rue Paul Séramy. Continue on until the traffic light, where you turn left onto Rue Grande. Be careful, this road is very busy. After pedalling a few metres, at the square, next to the merry-go-round, turn right onto Rue de France. At the first crossroads (with a stop sign), continue straight on. At the second crossroads, turn right at the stop sign onto Rue Saint-Méry. Continue straight on along this road until you reach the intersection with Rue de la Paroisse. Turn left and follow this road to the traffic light. At the traffic light, cross Boulevard du Maréchal Joffre and continue straight on. About a hundred metres further on, left of the war memorial, the “Route Louis Philippe” greenway (closed to traffic) will allow you to safely and tranquilly explore the forest.

Avenue des Cascades 77300 Fontainebleau
Lat : 48.402188Lng : 2.706072
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Barbizon

Welcome to the landscape painter’s village at the edge of the...Read more

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The Fontainebleau Forest

Now enter the forest via the Route Louis Philippe. Continue straight on along this forest greenway. At the crossroads, continue straight on along the Route Paul forest road. Listen to the beautifully singing chaffinches as you pedal by this peaceful nature reserve. At the end of this road, take the underground tunnel beneath the D607. Upon exiting the tunnel, bear slightly right onto the tarred Route du Bouquet du Roi and continue straight on along this road. At the end of this forest road, cross the secondary road to continue straight on towards the Apremont Gorges. Be careful crossing the D301. Continue straight on along Route de la Gorge aux Néfliers. A little further on, you arrive at the Apremont Gorges. Be sure to admire the lovely view of the forest, just after the rocks on your right. Here, vehicles can access the car park. After this well-deserved break, turn right after the car park onto Route de Sully that winds its way downwards and becomes Route Marie-Thérèse until the restaurant “La Caverne des Brigands” located at the Bas Bréau car park. At the little roundabout at the far end of the car park, turn left onto Allée des Vaches, leading you into Barbizon.

Route Léopold 77300 Fontainebleau
Lat : 48.412503Lng : 2.69215
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Boudoir Turc de Marie-Antoinette et Joséphine

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Lat : 48.402055Lng : 2.69956
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Barbizon

In Barbizon, you can hop off your bike to stroll about this charming village, colourful home and inspiration to such painters as Jean-François Millet. Admire the old stone homes and flower-filled gardens transformed into open-air art galleries.

66 Grande Rue 77630 Barbizon
Lat : 48.445542Lng : 2.605011
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Centre d'hébergement de l'île de loisirs de Bois-le-Roi

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Palace of Fontainebleau

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The Cuvier Châtillon rocks

To pedal to Bois-le-Roi from Barbizon, reenter the forest along Allée aux Vaches. From here on, the itinerary will no longer follow tarred/paved roads. At the Bas Bréau crossroads, continue opposite along the road from Barbizon to Fontainebleau, then a little further on, at the corner of a fenced plot of land, turn left onto Route de la Solitude. This aptly named road will lead you to the D607, which you pass under via the tunnel. Upon exiting the tunnel, take Route du Luxembourg (located to the right and bearing somewhat towards the secondary road behind you) via the car park access road; be careful here, as the road bends. At the first intersection, turn left onto Route de Bellevue to access the Cuvier Châtillon rocks, a popular rock-climbing spot. But don’t exhaust yourself here bouldering, for the itinerary’s biggest challenge is just around the corner… Snake among the rocks to join a steep and winding white-stone path. At the top, turn immediately right to follow Route Tournante du Cuvier Châtillon. At the first intersection, turn right again onto Route du Cuvier Chatillon. Follow this grassy, sandy path in the direction of the Mare à Piat pond, continuing straight on at the first intersections you come to.

Route de Bellevue 77300 Fontainebleau
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Bois le Roi leisure ground golf course.

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Lat : 48.484642Lng : 2.723131
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La Mare à Piat

At the next intersection, take the narrow path to the right snaking its way through the vegetation. Pedal tranquilly along this narrow, paved path leading to the Mare à Piat pond, a favourite haunt of mallards.

Route de la Mare à Piat 77300 Fontainebleau
Lat : 48.443919Lng : 2.663428
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The “Cave of Crystals”

After La Mare à Piat, continue a little ways further along the same narrow path, before once again following Route Tournante du Cuvier Chatillon on your left, paralleling the path. Continue pedalling along this road that will lead you to a car park along the D142. Be very careful crossing this road. On the other side of the road, get off your bike to go check out down below the Grotte aux Cristaux. After your visit, head back towards the D142 and take the first path on the left, which you follow some 200 metres back to the car park. Careful, this path is best suited to mountain bikes; if you like, you can walk this short section.

Route Ronde 77300 Fontainebleau
Lat : 48.443174Lng : 2.669201
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Hôtel de Londres

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Lat : 48.402763Lng : 2.696212
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Hôtel Ibis Château de Fontainebleau

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Lat : 48.40416Lng : 2.697905
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To Bois-le-Roi

You come to a large grassy and sandy car park. Cut diagonally across the car park to join Route du Luxembourg, with a rather steep yet short gravelly downhill section. If you hear the racecourse loudspeaker, then you’re headed in the right direction. After the racecourse, approaching a clearing, bear slightly left onto Route du Sport, passing behind a car park. At the end of Route du Sport, turn right onto Route du Mont St Germain. At the end of this road, cross the D606. Be careful crossing this very busy secondary road. On the other side of the road, continue straight on a few metres further, then take the first left: Route de la Deuxième Tête, which will lead you to Route de la Butte St Louis. At the first crossroads, turn right onto Route Victor, where you might meet a few convivial cuckoos. At the end of the road, turn left onto Route des Ventes Bouchard. Further on, follow the second road on the right: Route des Larmières. You come to the old Route de Bourgogne, which you carefully cross via the pedestrian crossing. Continue along the bike path on the left to enter Bois-le-Roi. At the first intersection, continue straight on along the bike path. At the roundabout, turn right onto Avenue de la Forêt. Continue straight on along this road until the passage under the railway; welcome to the Bois-le-Roi railway station. Pass under the railway bridge and turn immediately left onto Rue des Sesçois. Come to the quays by further on, after the railway station, turning right onto Rue Chantemerle. At the bottom of this street, turn right towards the Seine. At the Seine bridge stop sign, carefully cross over and continue straight on to Quai Olivier Metra.

Route Ronde 77300 Fontainebleau
Lat : 48.441626Lng : 2.668958
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Bois-le-Roi

Continue straight on along Quai Olivier Metra bordering the Seine. Pass the river dam by following Rue de l'Ile Saint-Pierre. At the end of the street, turn right onto Rue Demeufve, then immediately left onto Rue de Tournezy. Enter the regional recreation park, a pretty spot perfect for a refreshing swim (closed at night). Within the park, continue straight on, past the reception and the equestrian centre. Before the swimming area, turn right onto the tarred, arcing road. At the end of this road, turn right at the roundabout onto another tarred road. Continue straight on to exit the park.

11-13 Quai de la Ruelle 77590 Bois-le-roi
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the Hôtellerie du Bas-Bréau

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Lat : 48.404642Lng : 2.688519
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The Samois-sur-Seine promenade

To exit the recreation park, continue straight on and follow the tarred road skirting the golf course. At the end of this road, carefully cross the very busy D116 secondary road and in the forest follow Route de la Pépinière. At the first crossroads, turn left onto Route Victor and continue straight on. At the end of this forest road, you arrive at the Promenade de Samois along the Seine River. Turn right to pedal along this pleasant shady path dotted with botanical information panels on the “wild apple”, “Italian poplar”, etc. This promenade comes to an end at the Petit Barbeau car park. Follow the cars along the tarred road. Continue straight on along this road that eventually leaves the forest for the fields. At the stop sign on the edge of the village of Samois, continue straight on to reach the Seine and its river barges.

15 Rue de Tournezy 77590 Bois-le-roi
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From Samois to Fontainebleau

At the stop sign after the port of Samois, turn left onto the footbridge to reach the Île de Samois. It is here on this river island that an international jazz festival is held each June, in honour of the renowned Django Reinhardt. Leaving the island, wave goodbye to Django’s statue and turn left back onto the tarred road, to continue on to Fontainebleau along the Seine for 2.5 km. At the end of the road, before the bridge over the Seine, you encounter heavy traffic: to avoid all these cars, bear left to pass under the Pont de Valvins bridge via a one-way road (next to the exit sign for the village of Samois). Be careful pedalling the wrong way down this narrow road! At the stop sign, bike along the left-hand pavement to take the first left onto Rue du Port de Valvins. You’re now only a few metres from the Avon-Seine greenway: the narrow path snaking its way upwards on the right at the end of the street (before the water treatment station) to join a forest trail.

12-14 Quai des Platreries 77920 Samois-sur-seine
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Hôtel Victoria

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Lat : 48.407029Lng : 2.691725
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Ibis Budget Fontainebleau - Avon

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Lat : 48.41599Lng : 2.72226
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To the Fontainebleau railway station

The forest path turns into a bike path, leading to and ending at the very busy D138 secondary road. Cross this road via the pedestrian crossing (don’t hesitate to walk!), to enter immediately on the left the car park of the Prieuré des Basses Loges priory. At the far end of the car park, you’ll once again find the bike path behind the fence. At the end of the gravelly bike path, cross the roundabout to continue opposite along the now tarred bike path. Continue straight on to reach the viaduct. At the viaduct roundabout, follow Rue du Viaduc right to climb up to the Fontainebleau railway station.

44 Avenue de Valvins 77210 Avon
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Bois le Roi leisure centre

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Fontainebleau palace gardens

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La Caverne des Brigands

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Lat : 48.440529Lng : 2.62507
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The small boats of the Carps Pond

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Lat : 48.44393Lng : 2.608591
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Millet Studio Museum

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Lat : 48.444332Lng : 2.608114
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Pavillon de l'Erable

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Lat : 48.4118Lng : 2.729679

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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.