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La Vélodyssée: A 1200 km long cycle route along the Atlantic coast

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Carhaix > Pontivy

[ Cycle routes La Vélodyssée, the Atlantic cycling route ]
  • 86.4 km

In Côtes d’Armor, La Vélodyssée makes its way alongside the Nantes to Brest canal and down the former tracks of what used to be the “little train”. The Glomel Cut and the Coat-Natous double lock are particularly memorable sights. Not to be missed are the Cistercian Abbey of Bon-Repos and a new route around the magnificent Guerlédan Lake.

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The 4 stages of the section « Carhaix > Pontivy »

  • 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.

    Difficulty: Family view the detail
  • 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.

    Difficulty: Family view the detail
  • 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.

    Difficulty: Intermediate view the detail
  • 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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