Canal de nantes à brest à vélo

Fancy acquisition a tranquil cycling vacation in france along a beautiful waterway? Wendy Mewes, author of the Nantes-Brest canaliser guide, has actually this overview ns cycling thé canal.

Vous lisez ce: Canal de nantes à brest à vélo


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The 365km Nantes-Brest canaliser can be cycled at a leisurely pace in a week, or walked in a signification littérale over two.

The canal passes countless places de interest: thé bustling town of Redon (French only), loger of the canaliser museum, medieval towns like Malestroit et Josselin, where the huge lock towers over the river, Pontivy v its contrast ns ancient et Napoleonic architecture and a large Monday market, and the it s as beautiful as picture abbey of bon Repos in the idyllic setting. Nature is tous around through constantly transforming landscapes, from level marshes in thé east venir granite heights in auto centre et the lush Aulne vallée through Finistere in auto west. Copious wildlife can be seen, with otters, coypu and water-rats à look out for and abundant birdlife on the water or calling the end from bordering woodland. Altogether it provides a wide-ranging experience ns Brittany’s landscape, history and culture.

Nantes in Pays de la leader is a busy city, but cycle-friendly nous the whole, with simple bike-hire and parking. Ce is connected by train to toutes les personnes major cities in France. Thé old central around the Chateau (now a stunning modern museum in a middle ages building) is small enough to explore on foot. Don’t manquer the cathedral!


The périodes path along the banks ns the sortie Oust, which between Rohan and Redon doubles up oui the Nantes-Brest Canal. The canaliser path pictured below is a quick ride out du the ville of Guegon. Photo: vigne Selway

Cycling auto Canal

The canaliser begins in Nantes, with a lock (not the d’origine first one) off the Loire. Marqué from there the free-flowing Erdre goes north without a towpath (except quick distances in the city), soja most walkers and cyclists begin at Quiheix, Lock 2, wherein the canal proper goes éteindre this river to start its trip westwards. Cette is possible to cycle there indigenous Nantes, taking the D69 passant par Sucé-sur-Erdre, et turning right à the canaliser just avant the junction with thé D26. Thé Nantes-Brest canaliser guide has maps.

There is a cyclists’ gare VTT at auto Rond-Point, Lac du Guerlédan in the heart of Brittany through bike hire and information about many one trails in the area. Auto tourist bureau in Mur-de-Bretagne (French only) near auto lake has actually cycling maps. Cette is meilleur for cyclists to aller round thé lake by the north route.

At thé western end, the canal finishes at Guily Glas, seul beyond the town du Chateaulin. Brest, in Brittany, is still nearly 40km away, et the an excellent Aulne river does not go toutes les personnes the way, disgorging into the Rade ns Brest at Landévennec, marqué without charmant paths parce que le cyclists. A complicated et not very attractive chemin of major and minor roads is required venir reach Brest, oui the simple expressway (N165) has venir be avoided. A much meilleur idea is to comprendre a former from Chateaulin à Brest, and then sit nous the courir Dajot, a panoramic esplanade also built par prisoners from auto gaol, et marvel at auto sight de the Rade du Brest, biggest roadstead in Europe.

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There are many circular to ride bicycle routes beginning from point along auto canal, i beg your pardon are comprehensive in local communes et tourist bureau along thé way. Si you desire to comprendre some idea ns the variety et atmosphere, ma travelogue Crossing Brittany defines walking the whole length ns the canal.

Wendy Mewes is the author of eight livre about Brittany, including the Footprint instruire to Brittany et the Red Dog guider The Nantes-Brest Canal (UK, Fr, US). Elle organises countless walks and provides expert guided visits v Brittany patrimoine Services. Tu can follow Wendy nous Twitter

Zoom into auto map above, jaune check here for links venir accommodation in France, including hotels, gîtes, gîtes d’étapes, B&Bs, self-catered and campsite options. In particular, inspect out the la Maison aux Canal.

Details ns accommodation and facilities within striking éliminer of the canaliser can additionally be found in The Nantes-Brest Canal (UK, Fr, US) i beg your pardon gives cartes of thé entire route. It is also obtainable as année e-book here.

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See Wendy"s Freewheeling la france guide to thé history ns the Nantes-Brest Canal. Elle has likewise written our overview du Brittany, and profiles du St-Malo, Vannes, Rennes, Quimper and Brest.

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