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Saint-Brieuc - Lorient - Voie 8

[ Cycle routes Brittany by bike ]
  • 175 km

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.

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The 8 stages of the section « Saint-Brieuc - Lorient - Voie 8 »

  • St-Brieuc / Yffiniac

    St-Brieuc / Yffiniac [8.2 km]

    On this, the shortest stage of the Tour de Manche, make for Le Gouët’s estuary. The route sticks to the Bay of Saint-Brieuc’s Nature Reserve. Red brick adds its tinge to the area. Take in the Brick Museum at St-Ilan, Cesson Tower and the view of the bascule bridge.

    Difficulty: Intermediate view the detail
  • Yffiniac / Allineuc

    Yffiniac / Allineuc [41 km]

    Starting at Yffiniac, at the bottom of the Bay of Saint-Brieuc, strike south into the green countryside of inland Brittany. The route, along small roads, leads to the village of Allineuc and Bosméléac Reservoir, which used to provide the water for the Rigole d’Hilvern Channel, built to supply water to the Canal de Nantes à Brest.

    Difficulty: Expert view the detail
  • Allineuc / St-Caradec

    Allineuc / St-Caradec [30 km]

    The Rigole d’Hilvern Channel was originally built to supply the Canal de Nantes à Brest with water. Today the path beside it has been turned into a lovely greenway. From Bosméléac Reservoir, a peaceful track lined by tall beech trees and chestnut trees meanders through the countryside, past Saint-Thélo and Le Quillio, historic villages that reflect the rich industrial past of the area, where fine linen cloth was manufactured.

    Difficulty: Family Favourite view the detail
  • Saint-Caradec / Mûr-de-Bretagne

    Saint-Caradec / Mûr-de-Bretagne [11.7 km]

    Located where Routes 8 and 6 meet, the village of Saint-Caradec offers a wonderfully rustic stop. For the time being, until further work is carried out to extend Route 8, you leave the Rigole d’Hilvern Channel here and join the Route 6 greenway to reach Mûr-de-Bretagne, passing through peaceful traditional countryside with its hedgerows and pastures.

    Difficulty: Family view the detail
  • Mûr-de-Bretagne / Pontivy

    Mûr-de-Bretagne / Pontivy [23 km]

    Designated track and very steep descent into the Guerlédan dam towards Pontivy. Here the Blavet is no longer navigable. The steep-sided valley, imposing lock keepers’ buildings and lush vegetation, give this stage of La Vélodyssée an enchanting feel.

    Difficulty: Intermediate Favourite view the detail
  • Pontivy / St-Nicolas-des-Eaux

    Pontivy / St-Nicolas-des-Eaux [18 km]

    At Pontivy, the route leaves the Canal de Nantes à Brest to run alongside the canalized Blavet. This river meanders along between steep green hills, in a delightfully peaceful atmosphere. This stage is exclusively along greenways. The way is dotted with locks and mills, notably that of Le Roch.

    Difficulty: Not provided view the detail
  • St-Nicolas-des-Eaux / Pont-Augan

    St-Nicolas-des-Eaux / Pont-Augan [19 km]

    This stage, starting from Saint-Nicolas-des-Eaux, takes you through the most unspoilt, traditional stretches of the Blavet Valley. Nestling in many a meander are delightful examples of feudal and religious heritage to uncover. Every summer, with the festival L’Art dans les Chapelles, artists exhibit their works in some 20 historic chapels dotted around the valley.

    Difficulty: Not provided view the detail
  • Pont-Augan / Hennebont

    Pont-Augan / Hennebont [23.5 km]

    On this stretch along the Blavet, you pass under a vault of oak and chestnut trees. At the village of Lochrist, the route passes the former industrial forges of Hennebont, which you can learn about by visiting the Ecomusée here. The pretty lock at Polvern, decorated with flowers, marks the end of the canalized stretch of the Blavet. From here south, the river is subject to the rhythm of the tides.

    Difficulty: Family view the detail