La Vélodyssée - From Roscoff to Nantes

The Atlantic cycling route - Chapter 1

Highlights

A quiet route, away from traffic and fully signposted
Charming towns of Malestroit, Roscoff, Josselin
Castles of Josselin, Pontivy and Abbey de Bon Repos
Flowered locks along the itinerary
Nantes, a city with an exceptional heritage

A 10 day cycling journey through Brittany

Cycling from North to South

From Roscoff you cycle on a long and beautiful journey of discoving Brittany, its land and its people. From the English Channel you reach the Morlaix river and the Nantes to Brest canal which will guide you to Nantes.

In this adventure, you will discover:

dedicated cycling routes: flat, sometimes paved, taking you through beautiful natural landscapes

– the Abbey de Bon Repos, restored in 1986 and holds beautiful exhibition today

– the Guerlédan lake

Pontivy and Josselin with beautiful castles, facades and town homes. Josselin is listed as « small town of character ».

Redon, a pleasant town on the Oust and the Canal

Nantes, which showcases its cultural and industrial heritage in the most beautiful way

The tour takes you through Brittany’s calm countryside. A charming trip for all lovers of cycling travels.

Get a sneak peak of the Vélodyssée  :

Niveau LeisureLeisure
Day 1

ROSCOFF

Arrival in Roscoff. You meet with our guide at your hotel for an orientation meeting. If you arrive early enough, take the time to visit the island “ile de Batz”. Back to Roscoff, don’t hesitate to wonder around this nice little city.

Day 2

From ROSCOFF to MORLAIX 29km 280m Niveau Loisir

From the Roscoff port you ride along the Morlaix Bay. You’ll enjoy passing through Saint-Pol-de-Léon with its beautiful church and charming historical center. Arriving at the Morlaix port you can feel, like the sailors arriving by boat, the depth and magnitude of the valley.

  • For a few more km 38km 420m Niveau Forme

    A few more kilometers take you to Carantec, a very pleasant small family seaside town. You cross the typical village by its small streets and arrive at the front of the submersible road to Callot Island. If the sea is low, venture on it, but be careful you have to return to the mainland before the sea rises back!

Day 3

From MORLAIX to CARHAIX-PLOUGUER 50km 540m Niveau Loisir

From Morlaix you head on small roads which take you into in the Brittany countryside. You cycle on a pleasant greenway to Carhaix and avoid the hilly Mont d’Arrée.

Day 4

From CARHAIX-PLOUGUER to SAINT-GELVEN 57km 470m Niveau Loisir

Your bike takes you 200m above sea level, reaching the canal’s culminating point. This is where the Glomel trench was dug, where many convicts lost their life digging it. For you it’s a delivery, as a descending false flat of dozens of kilometers awaits ! You will reach the “Lac de Guerlédan” at the end of the day.

Day 5

From SAINT-GELVEN to PONTIVY 36km 200m Niveau Loisir

The Guerlédan lake and its hydroelectric dam offers a great vista as you ride above it. You can even have a swim in the lake if you stop at Mures-de-Bretagne beach.

Day 6

From PONTIVY to JOSSELIN 50km 160m Niveau Loisir

From one castle to another, you connect two historical cities. As you approach Rohan, you will discover the Abbey of Notre-Dame de Timadeuc. A community of monks lives there under the rule of Saint-Benoit. They produce cheeses, jams, fruit jellies which you can find in their shop.

Day 7

From JOSSELIN to REDON 64km 155m Niveau Loisir

The beginning of the route takes you to the Roc Saint André which offers an impressive religious architecture. The village is also known for its famous Lancelot Brewery. You can make a halt and enjoy the traditional beers and Cola from the Phare Ouest! A few kilometers further and you’re in Malestroit, a small typical town where you can enjoy a meal. Later on, as you face the cliffs of the Ile aux Pies, which lie on the other side of the canal, Brittany shows you just how surprising she can be.

Day 8

From REDON to LE GAVRE 50km 130m Niveau Loisir

Change of scenery after Redon. The landscape is more open and allows for more sun to shine to come your way. You pass by a few cafés where it’s good to take a rest and sip a drink on the terrace.

Day 9

From LE GAVRE to NANTES 68km 110m Niveau Loisir

From your hotel you ride along the Canal until Quiheix, its last sluice. Small roads take you to Nantes. You spend the night close to the Loire River.

Day 10

NANTES

End of stay after breakfast.

Try the “voyage à Nantes” itinerary in the city center of Nantes. This city is dedicated to modern art and its famous writers like Jules Verne.

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Comfort Range

Our quality standard at Abicyclette. This type of accommodation includes 2 and 3 stars hotels. Depending on the itinerary, you might spend some nights in approved guesthouses. You enjoy a double bedroom with private bathroom and toilet and adapted welcome for you and your bikes.

Accommodation example

Starting from 1105€/participant in Self Guided option | See detailed prices

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Essential Range

You want to enjoy your itinerary without anything fancy. Our ”essential” range offers a simple accommodation for a good night’s rest in a simple hotel, guesthouse, rest house or hostel.


Quote on request | Contact us

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Privilege Range

Opt for total comfort in charming 3 and 4 star hotels which offer all the services you need and a special welcome for you and your bikes.


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Homemade and fully tested itineraries
  • Routes selected for their cycling and touristic interest entirely tested and away from traffic
  • Accomodations selected for their hospitality, atmosphere, services and quality meals
  • A flexible organisation to suit you needs and wishes: You choose the date you want to you leave on! We check the availability of each accomodation to make sure it is possible.

Close assistance
  • One of our guides greets you on your first day. He will hand out all the needed documents for the trip (hotel vouchers, maps of the area,GPS, practical guide), get you settled on your bikes (for rental bikes).
  • Phone assistance, you can reach the Abicyclette team whenever you need
  • A Luggage transfer service which respects your hours of rest (we pick them up after 10:00 and deliver them before 16:00)

Follow your itinerary anyway you like – modern, practical, traditionalguide

  • We loan you a GPS so that you can easily follow your itinerary without having to look for your way around (bike support included)/ Twonav Anima hiking GPS /
  • A practical cycling guide with all the useful information (addresses, highlights for the day and touristic information)
  • French topo maps of the area (IGN 1/100 000e) to have a global view of your itinerary

You can also

 

On our guided tours (for groups on demand), we accompany you every step of the way
  • One of our state qualified instructor and professional cycling guide accompanies you every step of the way
  • Full board (all meals covered unless asked otherwise)
  • A picnic buffet set up for lunch with a wide choice of fresh and local produce

We offer a high-end bike rental service. Our bikes are suited for road and gravel road long-distance cycling. Fully equipped and highly reliable, they are faithful travel companions.


Trekking bike

A layed out and dynamic position

Supplied equipment per bike

  • 1 helmet
  • 1 back bag 20L (waterproof)
  • 1 front bag 4L with plastic map holder (waterproof)
  • 1 lock
  • 1 repair kit (patches, tube, tire lever)
  • 1 multi tools box
  • 1 pump
  • 1 bike computer
  • 1 bottle
Présentation de notre parc de vélo Scott Sub Cross 20

Touring bike

A straight and easy going position

Supplied equipment per bike

  • 1 helmet
  • 1 back bag 20L (waterproof)
  • 1 front bag 4L with plastic map holder (waterproof)
  • 1 lock
  • 1 repair kit (patches, tube, tire lever)
  • 1 multi tools box
  • 1 pump
  • 1 bike computer
  • 1 bottle
Vélo de voyage, position à l'hollandaise

Ebike

With an autonomy of almost 120km, cycling has never been so easy!

Supplied equipment per bike

  • 1 helmet
  • 1 back bag 20L (waterproof)
  • 1 front bag 4L with plastic map holder (waterproof)
  • 1 lock
  • 1 repair kit (patches, tube, tire lever)
  • 1 multi tools box
  • 1 pump
  • 1 bike computer
  • 1 bottle
Présentation de nos vélos électriques

Vélo enfant 24 pouces

Bike trailer

Abicyclette remorque enfant voyage à vélo

Getting here

Meeting point

Roscoff, Finsitère (29)

Coming to Roscoff by car

From Rennes by the national road N137 (210km 2h20)
From Paris by the A11 highway (570km 6h)

Coming to Roscoff by baot

Incoming ferries from England

Coming to Roscoff by train

Train station in Roscoff

TGV train station in Morlaix

Check schedules and book your train at           en.voyages-sncf.com/en 

Coming to Roscoff by plane

Airport in Morlaix

* Transportation to your starting point can be included as an option.

Recommended equipment

Bike
  • Trekking or hybrid bike
  • 21 to 30 speeds
  • 26 or 28 inch (700) wheels
Clothing and equipment
  • Helmet (included with the rental)
  • Clothing suitable for cycling
  • Warm jacket (eg fleece)
  • Rain proof jacket
  • 1 pair of sunglasses
  • 1 pair of cycling shoes
  • 1 small backpack or panniers
  • 1 or 2 water flasks (included with the rental)
  • 1 lock (included with the rental)
  • Our reccomendation for optimal comfort:
    • 1 pair of gloves
    • 1 special pair of pants (shammy leather)
    • 1 night see fluorescent vest
Bike maintenance
  • Emergency repair kit: 2 or 3 tubes, patches, pump, tire levers, multi-tools
  • Daily use kit: cloth, brake pads, oil
Other
  • Suitcase (for transporting personal effects in luggage transfers)
  • Change of clothes for the evening
  • Warm jacket for the evenings
  • Set of toiletries
  • Mobile phone and charger

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