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Sport in the Loire

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There is a superb indoor pool at Saumur and open air pools in Doué-la-Fontaine and Montreuil Bellay , which is the closet.



There are various canoe clubs who can arrange kayak trips both on the Loire and Thouet rivers ranging from 1 to 4 hours.



If this is your sport then you can obtain day passes to fish in the nearby lake La Ballastiere. Here there is also a play area for children and it is an ideal spot for a picnic, so you can enjoy a bit of fishing without excluding the family. Just 5 minutes from Le Chardon.

You could also do a spot of fishing in the nearby Canal du Dive – a mere five minute walk away

Pescalis - Montcoutant – an hour from Le Chardon - is a centre which is unique in Europe and has 100 hectares of lakes for fishing all year round. Fish include carp and bream. www.pescalis.com



There are several golf courses local to Le Chardon. There is a small course in nearby Thouars that is not too taxing.

Other courses are:-

  • Golf de Saumur – St Hilaire St: Florent– currently a 9 hole course, which is under improvement to 18 holes. 20 minutes away
  • Golf de Loudun – between Fontevraud and Loudun – an 18 hole course ( par 72 – 6876 yards) with a compact 6 hole (par 18 -416 yard) course. 15 minutes away
  • Golf club D’Angers - Saint Jean des Mauvrets – 9 and 18 hole courses, noted for the technical qualities of the course and the beauty of the environment - 45 minutes away.
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