The channel of Nantes to Brest to bike

The Nantes to Brest Canal|||

Themes : relaxation, bike,

7 days / 6 nights / 5 days of bike

Discover in Central Brittany, not far from the coast and beaches, a magnificent, generous and quiet streams. At the heart of a wild and untouched nature an exceptional heritage marks his journey: the medieval cities to the prestigious castles, beautiful chapels, flowery locks and typical villages of shale and granite.

Each to his pace, this itinerary will delight you by the calm and the diversity of its landscapes. You can browse dozens of kilometres along the canal without crossing a single car. Throughout your journey, you'll step in small cosy hotels.

You will enjoy :
The peace and quiet of the Brittany centre
Towpaths without particular difficulties and without cars
A region fraught with history that continues to assert with force its character
An exceptional historic heritage and rich and unspoilt greenery.

You will be accommodated in hotels 2 * and bed and breakfasts.

Easy level to moderate (between 40 and 60 km per day on towpaths). The towpath is by definition relatively flat is an ideal discovery axis of Central Brittany. Physical commitment moderate, little difficulty, accessible to anyone in good physical shape.

The route

Day 1
Arrival in the afternoon in Auray. Welcome by our correspondent local and presentation of the stay and possible allocation of bikes (if you have rented them). Installation at the hotel. You can devote this first afternoon at the tour of Auray, small city of character, where it is good to stroll on the banks of the historic port of St Goustan, along the Loch.

Day 2 (hiking 1) - Malestroit > Josselin - 25 km
Transfer vehicle (included) to Malestroit, the "Pearl of the Oust", where you'll begin your journey along the canal. Discovery of this charming small city of character, then by road to the beautiful medieval town of Josselin. The impressive castle is an emblematic witness of Breton history and many narrow streets lined with timber from downtown houses are ideal for strolling.

Day 3 (hiking 2) - Josselin > Pontivy - 50 km
You continue your journey in full immersion on the canal de Nantes à Brest. At the entrance to the town of Rohan, the chapel Notre-Dame-de-Bonne-Encontre is reflected in the waters of the canal. This town bears the name of one of the most illustrious families of Brittany, whose motto is "King do then, prince did deign, Rohan am» a few remains of the Castle are still visible.
You leave Rohan and the course of the Oust to join the Blavet and Pontivy by channel. After the locks Coet-Prat, Boju, or the lovely heart, beautiful views on the scales of locks are available to you. You 'scroll down' subsequently to Pontivy, stage city of character to discover the Castle, medieval streets and the Napoleonic districts.

Day 4 (hiking 3) - Pontivy > Glomel - 64 km
It is the departure of Pontivy the Nantes to Brest canal joined the Blavet channeled to lead you to the beautiful Lake of Guerledan. On arrival at the dam, the former railway track serves relay to quietly lead you towards the edges of the Lake. A small stall of the route is necessary to contemplate this magnificent lake surrounded by forest, peaceful and relaxing.
Height of the Abbey of Bon Repos, the route found towpath along the canal. This Abbey was founded in 1184 by Alain III de Rohan. After centuries of prosperity it experienced successively for periods of crisis and rebirth to which the Revolution put an end. After the village of Gouarec, channel abandoned the Blavet on the gold course. You reach then the trench of Glomel, the highest point of the canal.

Day 5 (hiking 4) - Glomel > Châteauneuf-du-Faou - 52 km
New stage this morning in Kreizh Breizh (Central Brittany), where Brittany has its source! At the exit of the great trench of Glomel, begins a "dizzying" descent to Carhaix: 44 locks on 18 km of which 10 for 1 km! After a few kilometres you arrive in Finistère along Alder, broader and curvy, where the morning may have the chance to meet Hinds, squirrels and herons. In the direction of Châteauneuf, you encounter a lot of fishermen along the shores looking for trout and Pike.

Day 6 (hiking 5) - Châteauneuf-du-Faou > Chateaulin - 45 km
You finish your soft journey to Châteaulin with on your course a religious and rural heritage in the heart of a territory of legend. In the background the mountains of Arrée, amazing and magical.

Day 7
End of stay after breakfast. Back to Auray (extras).

Several options for the return:
-by train (about €30)
-or in a vehicle (with bikes and luggage up to 6 persons)

Brief summary of history

The idea to open a path for inland navigation in Britain dates back to the 16th century when the union of the Duchy of Brittany to the Kingdom of France: the channelling of the Vilaine is determined in 1538 by the States of Brittany, making navigable the River from Rennes to Messac

Today, hauling horses have given way to the fishermen, walkers and sportsmen. Barges and barges disappeared, the channel opens more locks to canoe enthusiasts, boaters on barges and pleasure craft.

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Canal de Nantes à Brest à vélo
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