Great routes for traffic-free travelling in the countryside
Our greenways are safe, clearly signposted, usually sheltered from the wind, and suitable for all users. There are plenty of local services on hand for the added convenience and comfort of cyclists, horse-riders and walkers. Make your way at your own pace, whether it’s for an afternoon or several days, with family or friends, and visit famous towns and colourful villages as you enjoy Brittany's varied landscapes.
Cycleways and greenways
For outdoor enthusiasts who want to explore Brittany by bike, on foot or on horseback, there’s a network of eight long-distance routes using cycleways and greenways, which add up to more than 1,300 km. Towpaths, disused railway lines and country lanes are a great way to get from one side of the region to the other in the fresh air, and they require very little effort. Follow the rivers and canals, see the impressive Gulf of Morbihan, cross the Monts d’Arrée hills and the Montagnes Noires…the opportunities for getting away from it all are endless.
Vélodyssée®: from Roscoff to Nantes
The Vélodyssée®, the longest maintained cycle route in France, is part of the EV1 European cycleway. Running from Ilfracombe in Devon to Hendaye in the far south-west of France, this 1,400 km (870-mile) route has been developed especially for cyclists, with 80% of it designated as cycle lanes. In Brittany, the route follows a long section of the Nantes-Brest canal and crosses countryside that is full of contrasts, from the
Morlaix Bay to the
Along the canal there are plenty of places to stop and visit: Roscoff, Saint-Pol-de-Léon, Morlaix, Bon Repos abbey, Guerlédan Lake, Pontivy, Josselin, Malestroit, Redon and many more.
Find out more: www.velodyssey.com (EN)
The ‘Tour de Manche’ and the ‘Petit Tour de Manche’
The Tour de Manche, opened in June 2013, links Normandy and Brittany to the south-west of England and offers a unique 1,200 km adventure. This bike route combines the joys of cycling with the pleasures of exploring coastal and rural scenery on either side of the Channel: Mont-Saint-Michel, Saint-Malo, Dinard, Cap Fréhel, the Pink Granite Coast, Dartmoor National Park, the spa towns of Weymouth and Poole, Normandy’s ‘bocage’ (a patchwork of orchards, fields, and hedges), and the Vire valley…With ferries to take you across, this trail is perfect for cyclists looking to get away, take on a new challenge, and explore a new culture and coastline.
If you’d prefer something a bit shorter, then the Petit Tour de Manche will be right up your street. This 440 km trail takes you to two outstanding beauty spots listed by UNESCO as world heritage sites: France’s Mont-Saint-Michel and England’s Jurassic coast. And a trip to Jersey from Saint-Malo makes a pleasant diversion.
Find out more: www.tourdemanche.com (EN)