98 miles long and crossing three departments (Deux-Sèvres, Vendée and Charente-Maritime), the Sèvre Niortaise deserves to be discovered. Take advantage of the shady paths that run along it, admire the heritage that litters it but above all appreciate the cool break it offers you!
Why is it a must?
An omnipresent nature
A marked cycle road to explore the territory by bike or on foot
A shaded path near a water source
Ideal for athletes or families
The Sèvre Niortaise
marker of the identity of our territory
The Sèvre Niortaise crosses almost half of municipalities of the Haut Val de Sèvre. Sainte-Eanne, Souvigné, Nanteuil, Saint-Martin-de-Saint-Maixent, Saint-Maixent-l’École, Azay-le-Brûlé, Sainte-Néomaye, La Crèche, François each share a small piece of this majestic river and preserved. It is also the witness of the history of the territory which was written over the water.
The river would be nothing without the many tributaries that find their sources in or near our territory. La Savrelle, l’Hermitain, le Soignon, la Roche-Picher, le Pamproux, le Magnerolles, le Puits d’Enfer, le Chambon are all places where it is good to get away from it all.
A rich and diversified biodiversity
It is a miniature ecosystem that has developed around this river and its watershed. Coypus, eels, keep your eyes open to capture the furtive moment when the inhabitants of this territory allow themselves to be observed. Contemplate the innumerable water lilies or even the spawning grounds which are used by females wishing to hide their eggs from possible predators.
Strolling along the banks of the Sèvre Niortaise means enjoying a live show that will amaze young and old alike!
Nothing like cycling to get closer to the river. The Véloroute 94 connects to La Vélo Francette in Ternanteuil in the town of Echiré. From there, direction Bougon by pedal. From the islands of Candé to the Tumulus Museum of Bougon, the territory reveals itself! Along the way, rural heritage buildings rub shoulders with preserved natural areas. The Grand Moulin in La Crèche, the Pont Neuf in Sainte-Néomaye, the Carrière de Ricou, the abbey of Saint-Maixent-l’École, the Pont de Monnée and the alluvial meadows at the confluence of the Sèvre and Pamproux, the Sèvre Niortaise has forged this territory in its image.
You will find the islands of Candé intertwined between the town of François and La Crèche. This wetland is home to a lush biotope. Here, rare and endangered flora and fauna species evolve peacefully. To allow them to recover, the Conservatoire d’Espaces Naturels de Nouvelle-Aquitaine has been managing the areas since the beginning of 2022. In the event of high temperatures, it is the ideal walk, cool and shaded, near the village of Ruffigny.
Before going to the banks of the Sèvre Niortaise
3 things to know
The Sèvre Niortaise crosses three departments: Deux-Sèvres, Vendée and Charente-Maritime.
73 miles of waterways including 62 miles of navigable waterways.
The river is owned by the Interdepartmental Institution of the Sèvre Niortaise Basin (IIBSN).