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The coastal cycle path - Route 5

[ Cycle routes Brittany by bike ]
  • 332 km

Following the example of the much-loved hiking path around the Breton coast, the Chemin des Douaniers, Brittany is now developing a coastal cycle path. Voie 5 (Route 5) will stick more or less closely to the region’s shores, bays and indented coastline. You can already try out some memorable stretches along: the Côte du Léon (from Roscoff port); the Rade de Brest and Côte de la Mer d’Iroise (northwest Brittany); the Pointe du Raz (southwest Brittany); and the invigorating peninsulas of Quiberon, Rhuys and Guérande (in southern Brittany).

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The 7 stages of the section « The coastal cycle path - Route 5 »

  • Route 5 - The Côte du Léon by bike : Roscoff - Goulven

    Route 5 - The Côte du Léon by bike : Roscoff - Goulven [45 km]

    Leaving the port of Roscoff, take the coastal cycle route to Goulven, beyond which the route is set to continue in years to come. Along the already-existing stretch, enjoy a glorious variety of coastal views, of creeks, bays, boulder-strewn beaches, fields descending to the water, old stone coastal villages and more. You’ll get a taste of authentic Brittany and may even feel like taking to the sea!

    Difficulty: Expert view the detail
  • Route 5 - Rade de Brest & Mer d’Iroise

    Route 5 - Rade de Brest & Mer d’Iroise [59 km]

    This stretch, on greenways and small roads, leads you beside the Mer d’Iroise from Lampaul-Plouarzel to Brest. The way reveals remarkable remnants from the Middle Ages to the Second World War. You pass Le Conquet, an historic port linked to Ushant and other islands, and the Pointe Saint-Mathieu, a headland marked by soaring lighthouse and abbey ruins. Then follow the north shore of the Rade de Brest, the great bay protecting the major Finistère naval port of Brest.

    Difficulty: Intermediate view the detail
  • Route 5 - Bay of Audierne by bike

    Route 5 - Bay of Audierne by bike [113 km]

    From the Pointe du Raz, France’s Land’s End, in the north, down round to the resort of Bénodet, explore the very southwest corner of Brittany via the coastal cycle route. Most of the way, you follow the great curve of the Bay of Audierne, its southern point marked by the towering Penmarc’h lighthouse. Around here, the fishing ports of the Pays Bigouden area huddle together. Among the seaside resorts that follow, Bénodet is the best known. Also seek out the many Neolithic sites along the way.

    Difficulty: Intermediate Favourite view the detail
  • Route 5 - The Quiberon Peninsula by bike

    Route 5 - The Quiberon Peninsula by bike [26 km]

    Enjoy cycling down the Quiberon Peninsula in peace, leaving from the wide dunes at Erdeven just to the northwest. You follow the western, Côte Sauvage down the peninsula to call in at the salty port of Quiberon, its bay swept by southwesterly winds, islands beckoning on the horizon. In summer, you can return up the peninsula on board the traditional ‘Tire-bouchon’ (‘Corkscrew’) train, going up to the town of Auray.

    Difficulty: Family view the detail
  • Route 5 - The Rhuys Peninsula

    Route 5 - The Rhuys Peninsula [45 km]

    Heading out from the town of Vannes, east round to Port-Navalo, make the most of the exceptional protected maritime atmosphere of the Golfe du Morbihan. On the gulf’s south side, the Presqu’île de Rhuys is a wide peninsula crisscrossed by cycle paths, allowing you to admire the many creeks and islands of the gulf, a wildly indented, beautiful inland sea, its aspect changing greatly with the tides and the seasons.

    Difficulty: Intermediate view the detail
  • Route 5 - Férel Pénestin

    Route 5 - Férel Pénestin [21.3 km]

    While awaiting a fuller connection to other Breton routes, from Férel (west of La Roche-Bernard on the Vilaine River), a slightly hilly cycle route takes you along quiet roads and tracks to Pénestin at the Vilaine’s estuary. The Pointe du Scal Headland makes for a particularly special stop on this stage split between countryside, riverbanks and the ocean’s edge.

    Difficulty: Intermediate view the detail
  • Route 5 & Vélocéan - Pénestin St-Molf

    Route 5 & Vélocéan - Pénestin St-Molf [23.4 km]

    This stage, heading south from the Vilaine Estuary, is classed as being for expert cyclists, with a lot of stretches going along the water’s edge. The Pointe du Bile Headland is a great spot at which to stop and appreciate the maritime atmosphere. As to the Bay of Pont-Mahé, with its gently sloping beach, you’ll see how it’s a favourite for learner windsurfers.

    Difficulty: Intermediate view the detail