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The main cycling routes in Ille‑et‑Vilaine

Nearly 3,300 km of cycle routes have been developed in Ille-et-Vilaine to practise cycling safely. A network of cycle routes and green routes (272 km) of regional, national and European interest, made up of towpaths and former railway lines allows cyclists to discover the region at their own pace.

The Vélomaritime®

Mythical, cultural and gastronomical discoveries punctuate the Vélomaritime® over nearly 1,500 km from The Channel to the North Sea. This new route connects Roscoff in Brittany with Dunkirk on the Belgian border, on the French part of the EuroVélo 4 (EV4) route. All along the coast, it takes in natural sites, historic and cultural heritage and gastronomy.

In Ille-et-Vilaine, the Vélomaritime® meanders along the coast in four steps, crossing the mythical sites of the Emerald Coast : the Bay of Mont-Saint-Michel, Cancale and Pointe du Grouin, Saint-Malo, Saint-Suliac and the Rance valley.

On the programme : nature, heritage, beach and great discoveries.


The Vélodyssée®

The Vélodyssée® is the longest cycle route in France with over 1,200 km of cycling itineraries along the Atlantic coastline, from Roscoff to Hendaye. It’s an invitation to discover the riches of the Atlantic territories on a secure and signposted route, from north to south and the opposite.

In Ille-et-Vilaine, a section runs alongside the Nantes-Brest canal, from Bains-sur-Oust to Redon. Enjoy the superb landscapes of Île aux Pies, a “Grand Site Naturel”, before discovering the town, which is at the crossroads of the waterways in western France.

 


The Channel-Ocean Link – V2 from Saint-Malo to Arzal

From the Channel to the Atlantic… From the mouth of the River Rance between Saint-Malo and Dinard, ride alongside the Ille-et-Rance canal to Rennes, capital of Brittany. On the way, stop at Hédé-Bazouges on the site of 11 locks, built by men over a length of just 2 km, like a boat staircase. It’s a spectacular place.

In Rennes, take the towpath along the Vilaine to Redon, at the crossroads of the waterways in western France. As you ride by the locks, discover the beautiful landscapes : the Boël windmill in Pont-Réan, the sites of La Courbe and the wooded valley of Corbinières, Guipry-Messac, etc.


The V3, from Saint-Malo to the Rhuys peninsula

This 212-km route connects Saint-Malo to the Gulf of Morbihan. Only the part to Questembert is currently finalised. 130 km of this route is in Ille-et-Vilaine.

From Saint-Malo, ride to Dinard, and then pedal through the hinterland to Pleurtuit, direction Dinan in the Côtes d’Armor. In Médréac you will enjoy the landscapes of Ille-et-Vilaine before reaching Saint-Méen-Le-Grand, the homeland of Louison Bobet, and then the village of Gaël.

In just a few more kilometres you’ll be in Morbihan, passing through Brocéliande first.

ACCOMMODATION AND SERVICES FOR CYCLISTS

The national Accueil Vélo brand guarantees hospitality, special equipment and quality services for cyclists using the cycle paths. It concerns accommodation, sites to visit, bike rental companies and tourist offices less than 5 km from the cycle routes and green routes.

The Rando Accueil label also proposes accommodation suitable for welcoming bicycle tourers. Situated close to the cycle routes (less than 5 km), they offer specific services and equipment for bicycle touring (information and advice, services and repairs for bikes, food, etc.).

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