Battle of the Marne 1914

Musée de la Grande Guerre
rue Lazare Ponticelli

77100 Meaux


Departing from the Great War Museum, go back in time and follow in the footsteps of the soldiers of the first battle of the Marne, in September 1914.

In the plains of Brie took place the first battles of the Battle of the Marne, which lasted from September 5 to 12, 1914.
Since the outbreak of war in August, the German army has driven through Belgium and pursued the retreating French armies and British Expeditionary Force.
Paris is only 40 kilometers away! But history will decide otherwise... It is the "miracle of the Marne".

Departing from the Museum of the Great War, in Meaux, continue your journey in the footsteps of the soldiers of the Battle of the Marne, to discover the places and the men who made history.

A historic loop of 33 kilometers through the countryside and a dozen sites to discover to evoke a decisive battle of the First World War, in an almost unchanged landscape.

To know everything about the first Battle of the Marne in 1914:

This route is offered by Meaux Marne Ourcq Tourisme in collaboration with the Association Meaux Cyclotouriste.

Type : Signposted loop

Average altitude : 130m

Audience : Cyclists

Medium gradient : 1m

Details regarding signposting

Cycling circuit n°2 (green road signs with blue pictogram no. 2) Beginning at the Museum of the Great War.

Guidebook with maps/step-by-step

1. At the Great War Museum, go up the road to Varreddes. Bypass the roundabout and take the agricultural track for 1.5 km. At the fork, turn left to the roundabout. 2. Take the D38. At the 4 roads monument, turn right towards Chambry. 3. In Chambry, at the end turn left onto rue de la Ville. While crossing the village take a break at the communal cemetery (back wall pierced in 1914). Continue on rue d'Ortheuil and leave the village. 4. At the D97 crossing, turn right towards Varreddes (about 300 m). At the German cemetery, turn around and head back towards Barcy. Take a break at the National necropolis (on the right after the TGV line). Continue on the D97 to the Notre-Dame de la Marne monument. Take the road again towards Barcy. 5. At the church of Barcy, follow the direction of Monthyon (D97), for 3.5 km. 6. Caution! At the traffic lights, cross the N330 straight ahead. Turn right, rue de la République (at No. 57, observe the Villa La Grimpette). At the church, turn left; then left on rue Gambetta. 7. At the stop sign, turn right on the D97 and drive 3km to Iverny. At the stop sign, turn right (D27, direction Juilly). Enter Iverny and take the 1st left (rue Fortière). Turn left, rue du Fresne. Drive for 1.5 km to Villeroy. 8. At the intersection, turn left (hairpin) on Chemin de Puisieux. Observe the Puisieux well in the middle of the field. Continue on rue du Puits. At the stop sign, turn left (rue Saint-Pierre). 9. Take the 1st left (at the corner is the 14-18 Jacques Braquet Museum) and drive for 4.5 km, to Chauconin-Neufmontiers. Along the way, observe the Charles Péguy stele and the Great Tomb. 10. Cross Chauconin-Neufmontiers (Saint-Barthélémy church). Continue on the D140 to Penchard (2km). On the edge of the Bois de Penchard discover the tomb of Captain Hugot-Derville. 11. Still on the D140, cross Penchard towards Chambry, as far as the Monument des 4 routes. 12. At the D38 crossing, turn right. Before the roundabout, cross to the left to take the agricultural path. Return to the Great War Museum.

Services for cyclists

Germinale lends you a bike for free (adult bike) at the Great War museum.

Other details

Wear appropriate clothing and check your equipment carefully before leaving.



Free access.


All year round.

Comfort and equipment

Language spoken :

  • French


  • Picnic area
  • Parking

Updated on 12 January 2024 - report a problem