Voies vertes or green ways
Eight specially-designed routes for exploring Brittany by bike, on foot or on horseback
To help you discover Brittany by bike, on foot or on horseback, you’ll find a network of voies vertes or greenways, which together form 8 specially-designed routes that are just perfect for nature-loving holidaymakers. More than half the 2000 km of trails have already been cleared and waymarked, along towpaths, disused railway lines and country lanes, so come and enjoy the country air and discover Brittany!
Follow the banks of Brittany’s winding rivers, or the towpaths beside the canals, leave the Pink Granite Coast and head for the Gulf of Morbihan, climb the Monts d’Arrée or the Black Mountains...there are just so many ideas for getting away from it all that it’s almost impossible to choose between them!
Safe and well-adapted, and more often than not sheltered from the sun and wind, the voies vertes,or green ways, are accessible to everyone. To make them as easy and safe to use as possible, they are waymarked in both directions and made safe wherever necessary. Everything that a hiker, biker or rider might need is also close at hand: rest areas, accommodation with the Etape Rando Bretagne label, repairs, rentals, information... From well-known towns to lively little villages, take your time and go at your own pace, with family or friends, for an afternoon or even for a couple of days. And don’t forget to enjoy the scenery on the way.
Preparing your trip
Find all the information you need to organise your bike trip at www.randobreizh.com, as well as in the following literature:
- the “Voies vertes de Bretagne” map published by CRT Bretagne (Brittany Regional Tourism Committee),
- the book “La Bretagne par les voies vertes” published by Ouest France,
- the cycling guide “La Bretagne à vélo” - volume 1 published by Ouest France and suggesting itineraries from Rennes to Roscoff via Saint-Malo,
- the cycling guide “La Bretagne à vélo” - volume 2 published by Ouest France, for pedalling along the Nantes-Brest canal ,
- the Cycle West network of cycle routes which stretches across Normandy, Brittany and three counties in south west England (Dorset, Devon and Cornwall),
- plus several other documents published by different French departments and regional tourist boards.
Book a stopover in an Etape Rando Bretagne
The Etape Rando Bretagne label guarantees that whichever accommodation option you choose for your stopover, the establishment meets certain criteria and offers overnight accommodation specifically suited to hikers, bikers and horse-riders. They are all located near one of the green ways (less than 5 km for bikers and horse-riders and less than 2 km for hikers), and they welcome tourists looking for just a stopover or a longer stay.
Whether it’s a hotel, a B&B, a youth hostel, or a stopover gîte, all these places go out of their way to offer a range of services and equipment specially adapted to your needs: bike storage, bike cleaning area, laundry, luggage transport, suitable catering facilities, information about the different routes, etc.
You can find them all on the “Voies vertes de Bretagne” map, or for more details including GPS coordinates see the interactive map at www.randobreizh.com.
Hire your equipment from a professional
Find a list of bike hire companies on the “Voies vertes de Bretagne” map or go to www.randobreizh.com for a list of bicycle repair shops and centres.
A cycling holiday without the hassle of making the return journey by bike? Yes, it’s possible! Many professional bike hire companies in Brittany offer this practical service.
Train and bike combo
The French TGV and TER rail networks have a number of different options for tourist travel around France.
The SNCF also works in partnership with professional bike hire companies (approved hire companies) located close to railway stations, guaranteeing not only quality but great prices too!
Other quirky ideas
La Ligne Baie is one way of exploring the Mont-Saint-Michel area with a train + coach + bike combo.
Le Tire Bouchon tourist train offers a different way of visiting the Quiberon peninsula. Climb aboard for a picturesque train journey, and you can take your bike with you for a hassle-free trip.
Téléchargez la carte des Voies vertes
Disponible également dans les Offices de tourisme de Bretagne.