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Degemer mad E Breizh! Welcome to Brittany! A maritime bike trip, from Saint Brieuc to Morlaix, to discover the riches of northern Brittany… Surely one of the most beautiful coastlines in France, the Pink Granite Coast stretches for roughly fifteen kilometres, between Trebeurden and Perros Guirec. Carved out by the mighty force of the sea, the coastline is full of sculpted creeks and bays, such as Ploumanac'h, a chaotic mass of pink granite boulders. Along quiet roads through the heart of the Breton countryside, we join the town of Morlaix, at the western end of the Trégor…
Itinerary start: The tour begins on day 1 at 1 pm at Saint Brieuc SNCF railway station. Departure directly from the train station, please arrive in your cycle clothing.
On request we can book the previous night's accommodation for you in Saint Brieuc.
Degemer mat! Welcome to Brittany and Saint Brieuc, with its half-timbered houses, its private residences and baroque mansions, as well as its 12th century cathedral. The Emerald Coast, which stretches to Paimpol, offers a picture postcard view of Brittany that we’ll discover by bike over the next 7 days. The tonic climb out of the bay of St Brieuc quickly warms us up. We’re rewarded with great views from the Viaduc du Parfond du Gouêt, 124m long and 34m high, redeveloped into a green lane perfect for cyclists. The hilly itinerary then joins the pretty seaside resorts of Pordic, Binic and Saint-Quay-Portrieux. We strongly recommend taking the time to sample some scallops along the route or at dinner!
Distance covered: approx. 35 km/altitude gain: approx. 400m
Optional loop to visit the bay of Saint Brieuc, largest nature reserve in Brittany with 112 bird species: + 25 km.
This morning we take a scenic route along the “Route des Falaises”, overlooking the cove of Brehec, and offering superb views. Before entering Paimpol, we stop to discover the Abbaye de Beauport, classified as a historical monument in 1862. Probably the busiest port on the Armor coast, Paimpol is distincntly orientated towards the sea! Its cobbled streets and its sea museum take you back to the days of privateers and Icelandic fishermen.
For those who are keen to spend the afternoon on the bikes, the route heads towards Pontrieux to visit the Château de la Roche Jagu. For a more relaxing afternoon, there’s a steam train that offers the opportunity to discover the valley of Trieux (between late May and early September). It is also possible to visit the Ile de Bréhat.
Distance covered: approx. 25 km/altitude gain: approx. 200m
Ile de Bréhat option: 6 km to the tip of the Arcouest (return along the same route), ferry crossing: 10 min (every 30 min).
This morning we begin with a trip to the island of Bréhat, accessible via a short ferry crossing from the Pointe de l’Arcouest. This superb Breton island can be visited on foot or by bike. A gentle itinerary along some pretty country lanes then takes us back to Lezardieux and the Trieux estuary, as well as the Jaudy valley around Treguier. On an itinerary that heads back up to the coast, option to cycle along the Sillon de Talbert, a 3 km long geological curiosity, or, if you didn't go the day before, to make a round trip to the Château de la Roche Jagu. The day’s overnight stop is in Treguier, capital of the Trégor and home to some beautiful half-timbered houses.
From Paimpol to the Pointe de l’Arcouest: around 5 km/negligible altitude gain.
From the Arcouest to Treguier:
Level 1: approx. 30 km/altitude gain: approx. 300m
Level 2 (via the Sillon de Talbert): approx. 45 km/altitude gain: approx. 550m
Today’s riding is partly through deep countryside, interspersed with farmsteads and cabbage fields, partly along the dramatic coastline. Today also marks the transition from the sea to the ocean, with a notable shift between the relatively protected coastline of the English Channel and the windswept coast of the Atlantic Ocean... Plougrescant, the Saint Gonery chapel and its leaning bell tower, the Gouffre and Notre-Dame de Port Blanc are well worth the detour. Tonight we stop over in Perros-Guirrec, a small town with a rich natural and cultural heritage, and gateway to a remarkable protected natural site, the famous pink granite coast and its chaotic rock formations...
Level 1: Distance covered: approx. 25 km/altitude gain: approx. 200m
Level 2: Distance covered: approx. 45 km/altitude gain: approx. 500m
A superb stage today along this fantastic stretch of coastline. The detour to Ploumanac'h and the exceptional customs officers trail with its emblematic pink granite rocks is not to be missed. A few pedal strokes further on, we discover the Breton megaliths of Kergunituil, a remarkable megalithic monument dating back to 2000 B.C. We then come across menhirs, dolmens, cairns and burial mounds, stone structures that still leave scientists puzzled to this day... The route then takes us through several Breton villages, from the coast to the flower-filled banks of the Leguer, before reaching Lannion, our overnight stop.
Distance covered: approx. 40 km/altitude gain: approx. 400m
Option to shorten this stage in the event of fatigue or bad weather.
Today, the route leaves the Côtes d’Armor at Plestin-les-Grèves to pass into the Finistère department. From Ploumilliau, a pleasant cycle track leads us to Saint-Michel-en-Grève, where we join the coastline once again. On the vast shingle beach of Saint-Michel, the "Croix de Mi-Lieue", a large cross-shaped monolith, was used as a landmark by travellers venturing onto the beach at low tide. Partly destroyed during the Allied landings of June 1944, restored in the early nineties, it stands in the centre of what was the only possible route to reach Saint Efflam (named after a Breton saint). Depending on your energy, from here the route either follows the coastline or winds its way back into the Breton countryside before arriving at Plougasnou, a charming village overlooking the bays of Trebeurden and Morlaix.
Level 1: approx. 35 km/altitude gain: approx. 400m
Level 2: approx. 45 km/altitude gain: approx. 550m
A fairly short last day of riding along the coast, through the bay of Morlaix, dotted with small islands, and a paradise for bird watchers. We then take a 7000-year leap back in time, to when bicycles still had square wheels! The Cairn de Barnenez, largest Neolithic mausoleum in Europe, is incredibly well preserved considering its age, and offers an intriguing insight into the past. The bay extends inland along the Morlaix River, natural border between the Leon and the Trégor, with a gentle finish to the riding that leads us directly to Morlaix, and the end of our week discovering the gems of the Breton coastline and countryside.
Distance covered: approx. 25 km/altitude gain: approx. 250m
Distances and altitude gain are an indication only and may vary.
Itinerary end: The tour ends on the last day at Morlaix SNCF railway station at around 4 pm.
On request we can book the following night's accommodation for you in Morlaix.
Return to Saint Brieuc: In order to return to Saint Brieuc from Morlaix we recommend taking the train (local TER line Brest-Rennes). The journey takes around 45 minutes. Most trains accept bikes free of charge. For more information and reservations please contact the SNCF.
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