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The Green Ways

© Alexandre Lamoureux

The central location of “Destination The Heart of Brittany” – Kalon Breizh –  gives you a wonderful array of options, “Les Voies Vertes”, traffic-free green lanes running along old railway lines, is a safe environment for walking, riding and cycling. Running alongside the canals and rivers, crossing beautiful landscapes like Les Monts d'Arrée and Les Montagnes Noires, it is worth taking the time to visit one of the many pretty villages along your way.

VOIE 6 : Camaret to Vitré

Itinerary 6 crosses Brittany from west to east, leading you to The Heart of Brittany. This route not only takes you along the old railway line but it also branches out towards the tow path along the Nantes-Brest canal. Stop off on your way at L'Abbaye de Bon Repos, take a break on the banks of Le Lac de Guerlédan, the largest lake in Brittany where you can do one of the many watersports on the lake.

VOIE 7 : Roscoff to Concarneau

Cross Brittany from north to south by taking Green Way number 7 takes you from the Channel to the Atlantic. En route, there's a lot to see in The Heart of Brittany – Kalon Breizh: the forest, the lake and the chaos of boulders in Huelgoat, Les Montagnes Noires and Gourin, the capital of the Breton crêpe. You can even stop off for a break at La Gare (railway station) de Guiscriff where it's worth taking the time to visit the museum and find out about the history of the Breton railway network.

VOIE 8 : Saint Brieuc to Lorient

A third route takes you across the eastern part of the Heart of Brittany – Kalon Breizh – where you will meet la Rigole d'Hilvern. Visit Saint-Thélo and Le Quillio, two small villages steeped in the history of their rich industrial past when quality linen fabrics were woven there. Take a look at the fine merchants' houses and visit La Maison des Toiles to find out more about the merchants who traded in fine Breton cloth.

If you carry on towards Pontivy, originally a feudal town but with a rich Napoleonic past too, you will then move on to the River Blavet which has been transformed into a canal.