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  • 200 km

Between the corsair city of St-Malo and the port of Arzal, cross bucolic central Brittany via its canals – that’s the gentle adventure proposed by Véloroute 2. On the way, explore three emblematic Breton Cités d’Art et d’Histoire, artistic, historic towns: St-Malo, Dinan and Rennes. The route is already open between St-Malo and Rennes. Beyond Rennes, the route has yet to be set up.

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Stages of « Saint-Malo-Rennes-Arzal »

  • St-Malo / Evran

    St-Malo / Evran [41.6 km]

    From the salty corsair city of St-Malo, a sea bus takes you across to the resort of Dinard. Then a greenway leads you south past villas, on to Dinan, a mighty medieval hilltop town. Next, follow the towpath beside the Canal d’Ille-et-Rance as far as Evran, with its charming port at the junction of various waterways. This stage takes you mostly along greenways suitable for all cyclists.

    Difficulty: Intermediate View details
  • Evran / Montreuil-sur-Ille

    Evran / Montreuil-sur-Ille [34 km]

    Leave Evran along the north bank of the Canal d’Ille et Rance. Two authentic, historic stops are Tinténiac, with its museum dedicated to old crafts and tools, and Hédé, with its remarkable 11 locks in a row. This stage is entirely along greenways, so it’s ideal for family outings.

    Difficulty: family View details
  • Montreuil-sur-Ille / Rennes

    Montreuil-sur-Ille / Rennes [32.4 km]

    This stage meanders along the Ille’s east bank up to St-Grégoire. The canalized river is ideal for waterways tourism, fishing and jogging. Arrival in Rennes, Brittany’s capital, is easy – the cycle track along the canal towpath takes you right into the centre to discover Rennes’s rich heritage and culture (hence its designation as a Métropole d’Art et d’Histoire). This stage is suitable for all cyclists.

    Difficulty: family View details
  • Rennes / Guipry-Messac

    Rennes / Guipry-Messac [51.4 km]

    After enjoying a tour of Rennes, the lively Breton capital, head out of town to follow the route along the Vilaine River. The way out of Rennes is gentle, taking you close to Apigné’s recreational lakes. Then, passing through Pont-Réan and Le Boël you can fully appreciate the charms of the Vilaine Valley, with its former mills, its locks and its attractive villages. The route is still being completed at time of writing, but is easy to follow.

    Difficulty: family View details
  • Guipry-Messac / Redon

    Guipry-Messac / Redon [41 km]

    At Guipry-Messac, historically a significant port for transporting salt (once a precious commodity) inland, admire the imposing central mill on its island before continuing along the former towpath by the Vilaine. One highlight is Les Corbinières, a remarkable natural site with steep wooded sides. There are several river ports at which to enjoy a break along the Vilaine. The stage ends at Redon, an historic town at the confluence of the Vilaine and the Canal de Nantes à Brest.

    Difficulty: family View details