Published by Lyn on 11 January 2015
Glenys sent me a Facebook message asking about cycling traffic-free routes in Brittany. Here's our email exchange.
Your page is great and very informative. My husband and I are coming over from Plymouth in June on our bikes and wish to cycle some car-free routes from Roscoff to Morlaix or Brest. Will this be possible and is accommodation easy to find? Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.
I wrote back:
Many thanks for your message – I'm glad you're finding the Facebook page and website useful.
Brittany is excellent for cycling – either on car-free routes or on backroads with little traffic. I've included a map of Brittany's voies vertes (or greenway routes) above, but you can also go to this page to enlarge it or download it. I also have an overview of cycling the greenway routes – known in French as voies vertes. That page also includes the map below, which provides a clearer overview.
I don't know how long you've got or how far you want to cycle, but could consider cycling south from Roscoff on La Vélodyssée, which is a traffic-free route, or cycling the coast from Roscoff to Brest, and then down onto the Nantes-Brest Canal. I also have this suggested circular bike route from Roscoff.
Regarding accommodation, Brittany is one of the most cycle-friendly regions in France and you shouldn't have too many problems. I would recommend booking ahead, though, as it'll be coming in to summer. I've included my Brittany accommodation map beow with some options. See also my general overview of finding cycling accommodation in France.
I would highly recommend this book on cycling Brittany's traffic-free routes – it provides lots of information and inspiration.
Let me know how you go or if you need any more specific advice.
Glenys wrote back:
Thank you very much indeed – this is most useful and greatly appreciated.
Send your reader Q&As to me at [email protected] and I'll try and help if I can. I post Q&As on the blog so they can help other people too, though all contact info, full names etc are kept confidential. You can also post questions on our Facebook page to benefit from the collective wisdom of the Freewheeling France community.