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Guidebooks and useful publications

For cycling around Brittany, a specialist cycling guidebook can prove invaluable, offering useful advice for planning your trip as well as detailed information when you’re en route.

Brittany's Green Ways

Brittany's Green Ways guide book from red dog Book

  • Publisher : Red Dog Book
  • Price : 13.50€
  • Binding: spiral-bound
    This guidebook covers with maps the major part of the current network of Green Ways in Brittany, logs facilities in place - parking, seats, shelters etc., refreshments, provisions and accommodation, suggests detours and shows liaisons with other leisure circuits for walkers and cyclists, notes places of interest nearby, provides a directory of overnight accommodation and lists other Green Ways and long distance cycle routes signed on quiet roads and tracks.

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The Nantes-Brest Canal

The Nantes to Brest Canal in Brittany - Red Dog Book

  • Publisher : Red Dog Book
  • Price : 13.50€
  • Binding: spiral-bound
    This handy, spiral-bound guide provides an invaluable reference source for both long-distance walkers, cyclists, and those who simply enjoy ambling by water. It covers the full 365km towpath route across Brittany. The main part of the book gives a section by section analysis of the canal, indicating the towpath route, locks, road junctions and towns and villages on the way. Practicalities to assist visitors in planning their trip include details of accommodation (hotels, B&Bs, hostels, camping, etc

The Nantes-Brest Canal is also useful if cycling the V1 (green way) or the Velodyssey Atlantic Coast route from Ilfracombe (or Roscoff) to Hendaye.
 

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La Bretagne à vélo - Tome 1 - De Rennes à Roscoff via Saint-Malo

  • Publisher: Ouest France - 2010
  • Price: 14 €
  • Binding: spiral-bound

This guidebook covers 500km of safe cycle routes across northern Brittany, from Rennes to Roscoff. The itinerary is divided into 17 stages ranging from 30km to 50km and suitable for any level of cyclist. The guide includes 37 detailed maps plus practical advice and useful addresses (e.g. for accommodation, bike-hire and bike-repair companies, information points, etc.) to help you plan your trip.
 

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La Bretagne à vélo – Tome 2 - Le canal de Nantes à Brest et La Vélodyssée®

canal nantes to brest guidebook

  • Publisher: Ouest France - 2013
  • Price: 14,20 €
  • Binding: spiral-bound

This guidebook covers western and southern Brittany by bike, exploring the Canal de Nantes à Brest and the Breton section of La Vélodyssée®.

The guide covers c.500km of signposted véloroutes and greenways, from Roscoff to Carhaix and Landévennec to Nantes. The itinerary is divided into 10 stages, plus there’s a separate circuit to explore the area around La Gacilly.

You’ll find 35 detailed maps to accompany the stage descriptions, plus practical advice and useful addresses (e.g. on accommodation, bike-hire and bike-repair companies, information points, etc.).
 

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La Véloroute Atlantique, de Roscoff à Nantes – Tome  1

velodyssey guidebook - eurovelo 1

  • Publisher: Itinérance à Vélo - 2014
  • Price: 18.50 €
  • Binding: spiral-bound

One of a new collection of cycling topoguides. Covering the Breton stretch of the western European cycle route, La Vélodyssée®, taking you from the Channel port of Roscoff to Nantes, once Breton capital, via coastal and inland cycle paths. The route is divided into 4 sections and 27 stages. The guidebook offers practical advice, flashcodes and useful addresses on accommodation, bike-hire and bike-repair companies, tourist offices, etc…
 

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Les guides Canaux de Bretagne

brittany guidebooks

  • Type of publication: brochure
  • Price: Free to download

Either download the 4 ‘Canaux de Bretagne’ brochures via the internet or pick up hard copies in local tourist offices. These brochures are excellent for helping not just cyclists but also hikers and horse-riders to explore Brittany’s varied canals and waterways. Travelling along them, you can enjoy many different types of Breton landscapes. The brochures contain detailed maps, suggestions for outings and unmissable sights, plus practical advice and useful addresses to help you plan a trip.
 

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La Bretagne par les voies vertes

Brittany by greenways guidebook

  • Publisher: Ouest France - 2008
  • Price: 15,90 €
  • Binding: Paperback with flaps

Part stylish book, part practical guidebook, La Bretagne par les voies vertes covers 700km of touring paths, divided into 8 regional itineraries. 30 stages focus on converted towpaths along the historic waterways of the Canal de Nantes à Brest, the Canal d’Ille-et-Rance and the Vilaine and Blavet Rivers, plus greenways on disused railway lines. The descriptions are accompanied by maps and numerous photographs.

 

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