Brittany’s Green Ways
Old railway tracks and canal towpaths across Brittany: a guide for cyclists and walkers.
The major green ways covered in detail are:
- V2 St-Malo to Rennes
- V3 St-Malo to Questembert
- V6 Carhaix to St-Méen-le-Grand
- V7 Roscoff to Concarneau
A summary is included of the many other green ways that exist in various parts of Brittany.
Background to Brittany’s Green Ways, the ‘voies vertes’
Often passing through deep countryside, Brittany’s green ways (voies vertes in French) are an ideal way to discover Brittany and some of its treasures that would not normally be found by the motorised and road-bound tourist.
The cycle guide book, Brittany’s Green Ways maps out the major part of the currently accessible network of green ways. It shows how it integrates with the roads, logs the facilities in place and the liaisons with other leisure circuits for walkers and cyclists. It also provides a directory of overnight accommodation for those who wish to plan a journey of several days or weeks along these ‘quiet’ roads of Brittany. The guide book notes and locates sites of interest on the maps or mentioned as features of detours, diversions or circuits based on the Brittany’s green ways.
The history of Brittany’s Green Ways
In the first half of the 20th century Brittany’s transport needs were served by a network of railways, largely narrow or metre gauge and a system of waterways. All were major engineering achievements in their time. Many though fell into disuse in the face of competition from the improving road system.
Overlooked and neglected for decades, these ready made but outmoded arterial routes have recently been revived as a major leisure resource free from motorised traffic. Railway trackbeds have been cleared and resurfaced, canal towpaths have been renovated and road crossing points made safe. Additional facilities geared to the needs of cyclists and walkers are dotted along the way. The work of improvement is on-going as there are hundreds of kilometres of these routes to be brought back into use.
This is a great book. Use it for the practical cycle maps and for the background to a fabulous part of France, well worth exploring by bike.
Brittany’s Green Ways
Author: Red Dog Brittany Guide
No of Pages: 143
Page Size: 135 x 210 mm
ISBN 10: 0956869998
ISBN 13: 9780956869999
Publisher: Red Dog Books
Published Date: June 2016
Edition: 3rd ed, June 2016
Illustrations: Colour Maps and Photographs
Brittany’s Green Ways also joins the V4, which you can find in its own guide book published by Red Dog Books, while the Veloscenic route runs from Paris and Versailles to Mont St Michel.