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The coastal cycle path - Route 5

[ Cycle routes Brittany by bike ]
  • 414 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 9 stages of the section « The coastal cycle path - Route 5 »

  • Voie 5 - La côte des Sables, de Roscoff à Goulven

    Voie 5 - La côte des Sables, de Roscoff à Goulven [45 km]

    Au départ du port de Roscoff, laissez-vous tenter par une échappée côtière jusqu’à Goulven. Un parcours à vélo qui donne envie de prendre le large et qui propose une belle variété de points de vue : criques, anses, chaos granitiques, champs cultivés, villages de pierres… ça fleure bon la Bretagne authentique !

    Difficulty: Expert view the detail
  • Voie 5 - La côte des Légendes de Goulven à Plouguerneau

    Voie 5 - La côte des Légendes de Goulven à Plouguerneau [38.7 km]

    Après Goulven et sa baie, c’est la côte des Légendes qui s’offre à vous, où à marée haute et marée basse, le paysage maritime est d’un naturel changeant et étonnant. Après le phare de Pontusval, chapeauté de noir, vous découvrez le village de chaumières de Ménéham. Niché derrière d'énormes blocs de pierre aux formes étranges, il a qui a gardé son charme mystérieux d'antan.

    Difficulty: Intermediate view the detail
  • Voie 5 - La côte des Abers de Plouguerneau à Ploudalmézeau

    Voie 5 - La côte des Abers de Plouguerneau à Ploudalmézeau [42.3 km]

    Quels sublimes paysages que ceux de la côte des Abers. Ici, la mer rencontre une côte sauvage et la marée s'immisce dans des écrins de verdure. La véloroute y longe l’Aber Wrac’h où le phare de la l’île Vierge, le plus haut phare d'Europe d'une hauteur de 82,5 m, s’impose à l’entrée comme le gardien de cet hâvre de paix. Vient ensuite l’Aber Benoît, qui, serpentant entre champs et rives boisées, est réputé pour ses délicieuses huîtres.

    Difficulty: Intermediate 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