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La Vélodyssée, Roscoff - Pontivy

[ Cycle routes Brittany by bike ]
  • 167 km

Brittany’s section of La Velodyssée® (or Velodyssey) – also on the French part of the much longer EuroVelo 1 Route linking Roscoff to Hendaye – follows the Canal de Nantes à Brest along a fair stretch. This canal, with its 238 locks and many works of art, is considered one of 19th-century France’s greatest technological feats. It crosses contrasting landscapes, from the gentle flats around Nantes and the Redon marshes to the Monts d’Arrée hills, and also passes historic towns like Blain, Redon and Pontivy.

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The 7 stages of the section « La Vélodyssée, Roscoff - Pontivy »

  • Roscoff / Morlaix

    Roscoff / Morlaix [30.4 km]

    After leaving the old port enjoy a stage filled with scents from the fields of early fruits and vegetables in the Pays Léonard. A great variety of views can be enjoyed as you pass along the little lanes and managed trails, which take La Vélodyssée as far as Morlaix.

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  • Morlaix / Scrignac

    Morlaix / Scrignac [21.4 km]

    The seaside atmosphere slips into the background once the greenway reaches the upper part of town. From here on, this stage of La Vélodyssée moves into a dense forest setting, typical of the Monts d’Arrée. TEST MULTILANGUES

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  • Scrignac / Carhaix-Plouguer

    Scrignac / Carhaix-Plouguer [26.9 km]

    The greenway is still the common thread of this very nature orientated stage of La Vélodyssée, giving the feeling that you have been plunged into the green depths of Brittany. The impressive natural setting of Huelgoat is well worth a detour, but is usually the preserve of more advanced cyclists.

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  • Carhaix-Plouguer / Rostrenen

    Carhaix-Plouguer / Rostrenen [32.9 km]

    La Vélodyssée goes up past the Kergaden Lock on the Nantes to Brest Canal. The large wooded cutting at Glomel conjures up images of the bad old days of history when the Canal was dug out by prisoners.

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  • Rostrenen / Gouarec

    Rostrenen / Gouarec [13.2 km]

    At the heart of the Guerlédan-Argoat Country is a steep sided valley where the Blavet winds through the woods until it reaches Gouarec. The Coat Natous double lock in the middle of this stage of La Vélodyssée provides an ideal resting point.

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  • Gouarec / Mûr-de-Bretagne

    Gouarec / Mûr-de-Bretagne [17.3 km]

    Two of the highlights of this stage are the beautiful Cistercian Abbey of Bon-Repos and Brittany’s largest lake, the magnificent Lac de Guerlédan: the perfect place to stop for a swim and sunbathe! This varied leg of the trail follows a towpath, a short stretch of coastal route and the greenway.

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  • 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.

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