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Saint-Brieuc to Lorient - Cycle Route 8 in Brittany

Canals & intimate rivers, Nature & small heritage
175 Km
3 PHOTOS
Saint-Brieuc
Lorient
Route 8 in Brittany, crosses Brittany north to south, starting from the Bay of Saint-Brieuc. It will, in time, go as far south as the port of Lorient. The route follows peaceful country roads and often runs beside waterways. So it joins up with the Rigole d’Hilvern Channel, with a greenway going up to the Nantes to Brest canal. From Pontivy to the bay of Lorient, Route 8 then takes the towpath of the Blavet, wandering between the wooded hills of a green valley.

Signposting and state of the itinerary

Cycle Route 8 in Brittany, from Saint-Brieuc to Lorient, is entirely signposted.

An itinerary mainly developed on designated lanes for non motorized vehicles (greenways along the "Rigole d'Hilvern" and the Blavet)

Services and accomodations "Accueil Vélo" ("Cyclists Welcome") on the Saint-Brieuc to Lorient Cycle Route number 8 in Brittany 

Nearly 20 accomodations (campings, hotels, lodges, guest houses) "Accueil Vélo" ("Cyclists Welcome") are located at less than 5km away from the itinerary and they guarantee quality services for cyclists such as a closed garage for example. We strongly advise to book your accomodations in advance (including campings), especially in touristic areas.

Trains and public transports alongside the route

The itinerary is poorly deserved with trains. The 3 train stations on the route are :

  • St-Brieuc train station
  • Yffiniac train station
  • Lorient train station
8,40 Km
St-Brieuc / Yffiniac
Seaside, Nature & small heritage
I cycle often

St-Brieuc / Yffiniac

On this, the shortest stage of the Tour de Manche, make for Le Gouët’s estuary. The route sticks to the Bay of [...]

42,70 Km
Yffiniac / Allineuc
Nature & small heritage
I cycle a lot

Yffiniac / Allineuc

Starting at Yffiniac, at the bottom of the Bay of Saint-Brieuc, strike south into the green countryside of inland [...]

30,06 Km
Allineuc / St-Caradec
Canals & intimate rivers, Nature & small heritage
I begin / Family

Allineuc / St-Caradec

The Rigole d’Hilvern Channel was originally built to supply the Canal de Nantes à Brest with water. Today the path [...]

46,40 Km
Saint-Caradec / Pontivy
Canals & intimate rivers, Nature & small heritage
I begin / Family

Saint-Caradec / Pontivy

At Saint-Caradec, at the crossroads of Voie 6, the green Hilvern channel imposes its curves through the Breton [...]

18,53 Km
Pontivy / St-Nicolas-des-Eaux
Canals & intimate rivers
I begin / Family

Pontivy / St-Nicolas-des-Eaux

At Pontivy, the route leaves the Canal de Nantes à Brest to run alongside the canalized Blavet. This river meanders [...]

19,14 Km
Pontivy / St-Nicolas-des-Eaux
Canals & intimate rivers, Nature & small heritage
I begin / Family

Pontivy / St-Nicolas-des-Eaux

At Pontivy, the route leaves the Canal de Nantes à Brest to run alongside the canalized Blavet. This river meanders [...]

23,96 Km
St-Nicolas-des-Eaux / Pont-Augan
Canals & intimate rivers, Nature & small heritage
I begin / Family

St-Nicolas-des-Eaux / Pont-Augan

This stage, starting from Saint-Nicolas-des-Eaux, takes you through the most unspoilt, traditional stretches of the [...]

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