Start early

Walking in France: And the beautiful view we had of the Château d’Amboise
Dawn light on the Château d’Amboise, from our breakfast spot
Walking in France: An early breakfast beside the Loire, Amboise
Early breakfast with a view, beside the Loire at Amboise

The main reason for this is to beat the heat, but it also allows time to sort out unexpected problems in daylight, such as discovering that the place you were going to stay in has no accommodation, or no restaurant, or both.

A further brisk walk may be required. Or you may just get lost for a while, which is best done before dark.

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