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Ideas for weekends

Fancy spending a weekend cycling? Here are a few ideas for routes taking two to four days.

Leave your car behind, take the train

 

> Idea weekend in Brittany

 

> Idea weekend in Normandy

 

> Idea weekend in England

 

In Brittany, from Saint-Brieuc to Saint-Malo - 100 km | 3 - 4 days

 

Between the Côte de Penthièvre and the Emerald Coast, the route takes you from bays to headlands, friendly beaches, famous seaside resorts and fortifications.

 

Level: Intermediate
Distance: 100 km
Arrival station: Saint-Brieuc
Departure station: Saint-Malo
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  • Day 1: from Saint-Brieuc to Erquy – 37.4 km

 

Things to see along the way: The Langueux Briqueterie (brick-making museum), the Hillion Bay discovery centre (Maison de la Baie), the port of Dahouët at Pléneuf-Val-André


Arriving at Erquy, there are several forms of accommodation available: hotels, campsites, gîtes, which will appear on the interactive map if you tick ‘hébergement (accommodation).

 


Details of the stretch from Saint-Brieuc to Yffiniac, and from Yffiniac to Erquy

 

 

 

Château de Bienassis in Erquy, with its pink sandstone and its gardens in the pure French tradition. Open from April to September.

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  • Day 2: from Erquy to Matignon - 29 km

Things to see along the way:  the headlands of Cap d'Erquy and Cap de Fréhel, Fort-la-Latte


Arriving at Matignon, there’s an Accueil Vélo (Cyclists Welcome) campsite; other accommodation is available at Saint-Cast-le-Guildo (5 km), which will appear on the interactive map if you tick ‘hébergement (accommodation)


Details of the stretch from Erquy to Matignon

 

 

 

 

Cap Fréhel: a remarkable natural site, with its bird sanctuary and splendid views across the emerald blue sea

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  • Day 3: from Matignon to Saint-Malo - 32 km

Things to see along the way:  Guildo castle, Saint-Malo Aquarium, the Fort National at Saint-Malo


Arriving at Saint-Malo, there are several forms of accommodation available: hotels, campsites, group accommodation, , which will appear on the interactive map if you tick ‘hébergement (accommodation)


Details of the stretch from Matignon to Saint-Malo

 

 

 

 

 

Dinard, an historic town with renowned artistic traditions, the Villa Eugénie Museum and superb views from the Pointe du Moulinet and Pointe de la Malouine

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> In Normandy, from Saint-Lô to Mont-Saint-Michel - 172 km | 3 - 4 days

 

 

 

This is a three-stage trip to Mont Saint Michel, passing through the Normandy ‘bocage’ landscape, with its patchwork of green fields and high hedges, and the valleys of the Vire and the Sélune.

 

Level: family - intermediate
Distance: 172 km
Arrival station: Saint-Lô
Departure station: Saint-Lô (with an intermediate return stretch by train via Pontorson, about 1 hour, 15 minutes)


Cycle hire is possible on arrival at St-Lô.

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  • Day 1: from Saint-Lô to Vire - 65 km

 

Things to see along the route: the Ham Rocks, a remarkable natural site, the Souleuvre Viaduct, a suspension bridge.


On arrival in Vire, there are several ‘Accueil Vélo’ hotels (‘Cyclists Welcome’) that will appear on the interactive map if you tick ‘hébergement’ (accommodation)


Details of the route from St-Lô to Condé-sur-Vire, from Condé-sur-Vire to Pont-Farcy, from Pont-Farcy to La Ferrière-Harang, from La Ferrière-Harang to Vire

 

 

The Guy Degrenne Workshops in Vire: guided tours of the workshops where top-quality cutlery is made.

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  • Day 2: from Vire to Ducey - 76 km


Things to see along the route: Dathée Lake, a bird sanctuary, the large and small Mortain waterfalls, the Château des Montgommery and the old bridge at Ducey.


On arrival at Ducey: there is an ‘Accueil Vélo’ hotel (‘Cyclists Welcome’) and other accommodation available in the area (within 5 km) which will appear on the interactive map if you tick ‘hébergement’ (accommodation).


Details of the route from Vire to Sourdeval, from Sourdeval to Mortain, from Mortain to Saint-Hilaire, from Saint-Hilaire to Ducey


 

The Chaulieu viewing point (altitude 368 metres) with its 360° panoramic view over the south of the department of Manche.

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  • Day 3: from Ducey to Mont-Saint-Michel - 31 km


Things to see along the route: the Huisnes-sur-Mer German Military Cemetery, the Moidrey Mill in Pontorson.


Several possibilities for accommodation in Beauvoir / Pontorson, which will appear on the interactive map if you tick ‘hébergement’ (accommodation).


Details of the route from Ducey to Mont-Saint-Michel
 

 

 

 

Crossing Mont Saint Michel Bay on foot with an experienced guide.

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To return to Saint-Lô, go back to Pontorson station (10 km from Mont Saint Michel) where you will find rail connections by TER. For further details, see: http://www.ter.sncf.com/basse-normandie

 

 

> In England, from Poole to Weymouth - 72 km | 2 days

 

 

Come and explore the timeless landscapes of Dorset and the Jurassic Coast, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site due to its interesting geological features.

 

Level: intermediate
Distance: 72 km
Arrival station: Poole
Departure station: Poole (with an intermediate return section from Weymouth by train, about 30 minutes)


On arrival in Poole, cycle hire is available.

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  • Day 1: from Poole to Wool - 39.7 km


Things to see along the route: Brownsea Island, Corfe Castle

 

On arrival at Wool there is a B&B (with five rooms), which will appear on the interactive map if you tick ‘hébergement’ (accommodation).
Details of the route from Poole to Corfe Castle, from Corfe Castle to Wool


 

 

 

 

Boat trip to visit Brownsea Island
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  • Day 2: from Wool to Weymouth - 32.5 km

 

Things to see along the route: the picturesque village of West Stafford, the house in the woods close to Dorchester where Thomas Hardy, one of England's most celebrated writers, was born..

 

On arrival in Weymouth. There are several B&Bs, which will appear on the interactive map if you tick ‘hébergement’ (accommodation).

 

Details of the route from Wool to Dorchester, from Dorchester to Weymouth.


 

Maiden Castle, an Iron Age hill fort situated close to Dorchester.
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To return to Poole, go back to Weymouth station where you will find South West Trains services to take you to Poole.

 


 

To plan your weekend break, study the appropriate GPX routes as well as tourist guides and maps.