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Getting There & Away

Getting to Marais Poitevin is difficult in anything other than your own car or – for serious cyclists – bike. Coulon is 90km southwest of Poitiers along the A10; Arçais is a further 10km west along the quiet D123 and D102.

La Vélo Francette (www.lavelofrancette.com) maps out a scenic 90km-long itinerary by bicycle from Niort to La Rochelle, via the Marais Poitevin.