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Nantes-Brest canal route

Discussion in 'Touring and Adventure Cycling' started by bike_the_planet, 15 Aug 2007.

  1. Anyone cycled the route following the Nantes-Brest canal in NW France? If so, how cyclable is it?

    Any info gratefully received?
  2. Tim Bennet.

    Tim Bennet. Entirely Average Member

    S of Kendal
    The bit I did (20 miles or so in the middle) was a wide, hard, compacted 'dirt' track that was easily rideable on a touring bike with 32c tyres.
  3. aberdeenian

    aberdeenian New Member

    Only did about 40km on it - as the previous poster said, compacted dirt. I was pretty wet when I was on it, so a little bit hard work, but nice to get off the roads for a while.
  4. becnal

    becnal New Member

    Frankfurt, Germany
    So, did you cycle it? I'd like to ride the whole thing from Brest to Nantes in July, 2008.
  5. wallabyhunter

    wallabyhunter New Member

    Perth WA
    Hey I ill watch replies with interest. There seems to be a pattern developing here... ... I will be donig the same in reverse, late July. If I ge there 1st I'll post a reply?

  6. Stick on a Giant

    Stick on a Giant New Member

    We've just ridden a small part - Rohan to Josselin and it was basically a tarmac surface and really easy to ride. Further west, near Chateaulin it looked more of a broken surface, and also there, where it follows a river, it really meanders so the road is much more direct - if that matters. We met two couples, both at least partly Australian! who both had the same book on the Canal - sadly I can't remember what it was called.
  7. Regulator

    Regulator Not a SPM snowflake.

    You can get a route map for the Nates-Brest Canal from the CTC.

    I'm thinking about this for my summer ride this year...
  8. trgz

    trgz Senior Member

    I did a couple of short sections just NW of Redon. The only advice I'd have is I'd planned to do it on my Audax bike but was glad I chose to do it on the MTB. Also, if you're used to road riding, is to keep your bum off the saddle as after 40 miles my ass hurt!