Reader feedback: Nantes-Brest Canal route update

Published by Lyn on 10 November 2014

Jennifer rode the Nantes-Brest Canal in autumn 2014. She has kindly sent me this update on the route and her trip, including where she found bike hire.

Nantes-Brest Canal

The Nantes-Brest Canal towpath towards Chateaulin. Photo: Mathieu Dreo

Jennifer left some notes in the comments at the end of the Brittany bike hire page and also in the comments at the end of the Nantes-Brest canal page asking for advice earlier this year while she was researching her Nantes-Brest canal bike ride for the last week of September/first week of October 2014. She's now home and has sent me the following feedback.

Many thanks, Jennifer!

She writes:

Hi Lyn.

I had a great cycle holiday on the canal route – it was one of the best trips I have done. I would certainly take another cycle holiday as it was a lovely way to travel and spend time.

It was the first time I had done a cycle trip like this – thanks for all your help and the Wendy Mewes Nantes-Brest Canal cycling book recommendation on your site is the reason why I considered it in the first place.

Overall the track was in very good order with just one obstacle – a tree down on the way into Redon.

I had the weather with me and started the trip in glorious sunshine from Port Launay.

Day 1: Port Launay to Chateauneuf-du-Faou – the track was in good order so no problems, and scenery beautiful – so green and lush along the windy canal.

Day 2: Chateauneuf-du-Faou to Gomel and again the towpath was good, with the main obstacles horse chestnuts and beech nuts cases! The ladder of locks to reach above sea-level meant the gears were worked hard! 

Day 3: Glomel to Pontivy – a heavy fall of rain the evening before made the ground very soft and a lack of mudguards ensured I had a sand trail on my back. So when I bumped into some friends I met along the way I had to sit outside to take a coffee with them!

Day 4: I found it hard to leave the friendly banter of the auberge d'jeunesse in the morning, but off I set for Josselin which was like following the yellow brick road when the striking chateau came into view.

Day 5: The weather forecast did not bode well and about an hour into the journey the rain came down heavily and it was no passing shower. I waited under a tree to see if it would pass but no luck! I kept going until I reached Redon. Just before arriving I met an obstacle – a tree on the path so a bit of bike-hiking had to be done! I reached my accommodation a very wet and cold canal cyclist.

Day 6: My last day from Redon to Lock#10 was in lovely autumnal sunshine the whole way and I had my last canal picnic with vows of returning some day.

And thanks again for your help.

Jennifer.

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