For the drive to Quimper, we take the bike path from Pont-l'Abbé, which was created here on a former railway line. Unfortunately, the northern section of the route, starting at the former Combrit-Tréméoc station, is in a less than good condition, partially overgrown with plants or with deep ruts. The last few kilometers, the signposted Véloroute leads on side roads through commercial areas mostly steeply downhill to the city limits. On the promenade on the former towpath along the Odet then it goes into Quimper, a beautiful section. The city is as always very lively, in the traffic-calmed city center, we then consider around the market hall "les pieds à terre" appropriate and push the wheel, instead of squeezing between passers-by and the outside catering of the bistrots. - From the city we drive first a few meters the newly created promenade along the right bank of the Steir, then through the Upper Town back to the banks of the Odet and this following to the southwest. We turn towards Plomelin and take the D20 highway, relatively quiet this Tuesday afternoon, with the picturesque nickname "Route des Châteaux", which we leave in Combrit to drive to Île-Tudy. From there it goes with the Passeur over to Loctudy and finally following the coastline back to Lesconil.
about 13 hours ago
Our starting point today is Le Cabellou, a place located south of Concarneau, at the same time another picturesque headland in the bay of La Forêt. The tour thus follows the one to the Pointe de Mousterlin and its continuation, which led us to Concarneau. (The exit from Concarneau southbound for miles through the harbor and shipyard area, we have left out.) First, it goes from Le Cabellou inland to Lanriec and from there on a beautiful bike path through the forest of Minaouët to Trégunc. We are looking for the "roches tremblantes" mentioned in several guidebooks, the trembling rocks, oval large stones, which rest in a stable equilibrium, but are relatively easy to vibrate. Using a map, we find the location of the Men Dogan (the name of one of the stones), but we can not make out a passable or even viable path into the tree group with the stone. Finally, a friendly neighbor who works in his garden tells us that the property with the stone has sold the city, and the new owner has made all accessions with bushes impassable. C'est ça, alors. Continue on the not yet developed Véloroute 5 to Névez and from there to Port Manec'h, a small, very picturesque harbor town, which gained some fame at the end of the 19th century, after Julia Guillou, in whose hotel in Pont-Aven some well-known Impressionist painters lodged here in the small harbor town the Hotel Villa Julia had opened. A second boom experienced the place then in the 1920s and 1930s, as a particularly popular with artists from the then film and variety industry seaside resort. Today Port Manec'h is pleasantly relaxed - and still "très pittoresque". The stop to the déjeuner takes us to the Chataigneraie, where we spend a relaxing lunch break on a small hill above the beach, under old chestnut trees <bretagne-cornouaille-ocean.com/restaurants/la-chataigneraie>. Back then it follows the coastline with fantastic views of land and sea to the Pointe de Trévignon, then head north back to Le Cabellou.
2 days ago
The tour follows the path to the Pointe de Mousterlin, from where we start in quite dull weather. First, the route between Marais and dunes leads to Beg-Meil; from there it goes on in the hilly foothills of Fouesnant and back down to Cap Coz. We cross the elongated bay of Penfoulic over the old Digue, which regulates the supply of fresh water to the bay since the end of the 19th century. In the inviting Café du Port at the old port of La Forêt, we head to the déjeuner, before continuing through the huge marina, then short and steep uphill to Beg Menez. Even steeper is the descent to the bay of Saint-Laurent. Two short, crisp climbs we finally reach the Sables Blancs of Concarneau. Meanwhile, the sky is blue, the sun is shining, but because it is still so cold, there are only a few students on the otherwise popular beaches. We follow the seaside boulevard through the picturesque suburbs to the Center Ville: the fortress of the Ville Clos in the bay faces the town, and the large square in front of the market halls underscores the distance. After a short stroll through the city and a refreshment at L'Amiral, we start our return journey. Leaving the city, we first follow Voie Vert (reserved for pedestrians and cyclists), which starts at the port and is called Allée Jean-Marie Le Bris. After about three kilometers we reach the highway again. Because of the dense traffic, we decide to turn left just before the climb to Beg Menez over the small bridge over the Saint-Laurent and follow the coastal path (Chemin de Kerdaniou). Not a good idea! The way is softened or leads over smooth stones, driving is unthinkable, even pushing is cumbersome. But finally we are back on the route and soon reach the Cap Coz. From here it goes back over the already known route from the way.
4 days ago
The third (and last) leg of our tour of the Baie d'Audierne begins in Trescadec, north of the mouth of the Goyen, and takes us to the westernmost point of Finistère, the Pointe du Raz. On the way we follow the roads and paths on low-traffic roads through a wild as well as fascinating landscape guided Véloroute 5.
6 days ago
Black clouds all day, but we get really wet on the way back, just before Bénodet. But in order ;-) The tour takes us along the south coast of Finistère from Lesconil to the headland of Mousterlin. Here, in the Grand Large, we also take a break for the déjeuner. A really recommendable restaurant, and a great view of the Glénan Islands and the Atlantic Ocean is there anyway. The return route takes us closer to Mer Blanche, the lagoon east of Bénodet. A wonderful bike path on the Anse du Petit Moulin, but then it is over, the remaining stretches of beach up to the Pointe de Gros Guen claim the large campsites for themselves, "accès interdit". Shortly before the headland, we catch up with the rain. Without further stay, it goes through Bénodet and over the high bridge back towards Île-Tudy. There it clears up again and sunshine accompanies the rest of the way back.
7 days ago