We drove an easy 60 miles up the N7 to Nevers and stopped there for a couple of nights at Camping Nevers (N46.98222 E 2.36191). This is a small and friendly site on the south bank of the Loire, looking over the river to old Nevers on the opposite bank.
The site is very close to a cycle ride along a short canal. This leads to the veloroute along the lateral canal of the Loire. There is also an excellent cycle shop…La roué Libre…about half a mile from the campsite. A back axle nut had stripped its thread (overloading issue related to three well fed terriers) and the guys in the shop cleaned it up and replaced the nut and washer. On the spot, no messing. €2 please!
We met a delightful couple of cyclists (Nia: ‘Do you speak English’. Maureen: ‘I am English’) at the campsite who gave us directions to the cycling. John and Maureen, it turned out, live about 15 miles from us, in Cumbria.
After about 8 km, heading west, we arrived at this viaduct which crosses 200 feet or so above the River Allier, which is heading north, shortly to join the Loire.
Spot the rainclouds? We were caught in a thunderstorm on the way back, just as Nia got a puncture. We found a bridge to shelter under while we fixed it.
There are masses of house martins here roosting under the viaduct, and quite a number of terns.
The Loire is rich in bird life. We saw this guy busy knocking holes in a rotten tree by the canal side.
The sky above the bridge at Nevers was packed with swifts.
Nevers has a good selection of old buildings.
There is an impressive 6-16 century cathedral, its tower currently swathed in scaffolding.