Brittany's top cycling itineraries
Brittany is a magical French region in which to organize wonderful cycling holidays! Spectacularly surrounded by the Channel and the Atlantic, Brittany is criss-crossed by eight major véloroutes and greenways, taking you through glorious, unspoilt nature and character-packed towns. All these cycle paths are safe and comfortable, following rivers and canal towpaths, disused railway lines, or quiet lanes hugging the coast. With over 1,700km of well-laid-out cycle routes, Brittany will greatly appeal to those in search of an active, green cycling holiday, as a family or among friends!
La Vélodyssée, Roscoff - Nantes – EuroVelo 1
From Roscoff to Nantes, saddle up for the Vélodyssée®. After following the Morlaix Bay coastline, your route takes you through the Monts d’Arrée mountains, then along the Nantes-Brest canal, with stops at the Bon Repos Cistercian Abbey and Lake Guerlédan. The route follows a long section of the Nantes-Brest canal and crosses countryside that is full of contrasts and small historic towns such as Pontivy, Rohan, Malestroit, Josselin, which is overlooked by an impressive Renaissance castle, and Redon, where several inland waterways meet. After 385 km, you’ll reach Nantes: a lovely reward for not too much effort!
- See the cycle route from Roscoff to Pontivy
- See the cycle route from Pontivy to Nantes
- Official site of the Velodyssey
Saint-Malo - Rennes - Arzal - Route 2
Between the corsair city of St-Malo and the port of Arzal, cross bucolic central Brittany via its canals – that’s the gentle adventure proposed by Véloroute 2. Open today between St-Malo and Redon via Rennes, this bike route offers the discovery of three emblematic Breton Cités d’Art et d’Histoire, artistic, historic towns: St-Malo, Dinan and Rennes.
Saint-Malo - Rhuys - Route 3
Route 3 follows the same path as Route 2 from Saint-Malo up to Mottay Lock on the Canal d’Ille et Rance. From there, this greenway offers easy cycling, running beside the legendary Arthurian Forest of Brocéliande. It leads to Ploërmel, a favourite home of the dukes of Brittany, then along to Questembert. Beyond that point, the route as far as the Presqu’île de Rhuys has yet to be laid out.
The Tour de Manche, Roscoff - Le Mont-Saint-Michel - EuroVelo 4
The Roscoff - Mont-Saint-Michel route is an integral part of the EuroVelo 4. This route has a strong maritime flavour, going along Brittany’s north coast. Brittany part of this cycling route offers various marine countryside: Dinard, Cap Frehel, Bay of Saint Brieuc, Côte de Granit Rose, Morlaix bay ...
Roscoff - Saint-Nazaire - Route 5
Following the example of the much-loved hiking path around the Breton coast, the Chemin des Douaniers, Brittany is now developing a coastal cycle path. Voie 5 (Route 5) will stick more or less closely to the region’s shores, bays and indented coastline. You can already try out some memorable stretches along: the Côte du Léon (from Roscoff port); the Rade de Brest and Côte de la Mer d’Iroise (northwest Brittany); the Pointe du Raz (southwest Brittany); and the invigorating peninsulas of Quiberon, Rhuys and Guérande (in southern Brittany).
Camaret - Vitré - Route 6
From the Monts d’Arrée hills in western Brittany, cycle into the Breton interior, l’Argoat. Follow Voie 6, Route 6, and you’ll encounter many charming villages. In the centre of Brittany, Guerlédan Lake, surrounded by wooded banks, stretches 12km and offers many spots for a fun, invigorating pause before you reach the birthplace of Breton cycling and sea-water spa legend Louison Bobet.
Roscoff - Concarneau - Route 7
Route 7, linking Channel to Atlantic, shares the way with Velodyssey’s cycle route up to Port de Carhaix. Then it makes its own way across the Montagnes Noires hills to the reputed seaside resort of Concarneau. Along the greenway, you can stop at Gourin, a market town and agricultural centre, and in the green country resort (station verte) of Scaër.
Saint Brieuc - Lorient - Route 8
Route 8, crosses Brittany north to south, starting from the Bay of Saint-Brieuc. It will, in time, go as far south as the port of Lorient. The route follows peaceful country roads and often runs beside waterways. So it joins up with the Rigole d’Hilvern Channel, with a greenway going up to Hémonstoir. To date, you can go as far as the Lac de Guerlédan, the major lake in central Brittany, then carry on beside the Canal de Nantes à Brest.
Download the relevant GPS tracks
You can download for free the precise tracks of the cycle routes in Brittany in .GPX format.
To plan a day’s outing, or to string together stretches from different cycle routes, download the stages concerned via the stage description pages on this website. The website is regularly updated, given the continual development of the routes.