Jutting into the Atlantic, Brittany sets itself apart from the rest of France in more ways than one. Strong Celtic traditions and rites of worship are evident in the prehistoric monuments and vestiges explored on this itinerary. The indigenous language of Breton, discernible on signs and buildings, conveys the proud sense of identity found within this region. Brittany's 1100km of wild coastline is home to spectacular medieval villages that are best explored on foot and by bike. There is plenty of time to take in the breathtaking wonder of Mont St Michel, along with the 'pirate's town' of St Malo, quaint seaside villages and oyster and mussel farms along the way. Following canal towpaths into Brittany's interior of Argoat (meaning 'Land of the Woods') you can discover the ancient fairyland of Dinan and the picturesque fortress of Combourg, complete with the Lac Tranquille.
|DAY 1||Arrive St Malo|
|DAY 2||Cycle through the River Rance Valley and on to the medieval city of Dinan (35km)|
|DAY 3||Cross the Bocage to Combourg (34 or 43km)|
|DAY 4||Cycle to Fougères (53km)|
|DAY 5||Cycle through the Couesnon Valley to Pontorson (48km)|
|DAY 6||Explore the ancient seaside hill town of Mont St Michel with its famous Gothic Abbey and extraordinary high tides which almost surround the island, and continue to Le Vivier sur Mer (33km)|
|DAY 7||Cycle to St Malo (40km)|
|DAY 8||Trip concludes|
Most memorable moment? Hard to say. The usual great French food and the many helpful cyclists and others who helped us find our way.