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Nantes-Brest Canal

360 kilometers of footpaths and cyclepaths

From the city of the Dukes to the largest Breton port, the Nantes to Brest canal follows the footsteps of the walker on the diagonal of inland Brittany.

Building work of the Nantes-Brest Canal started in 1806 for military and then commercial ends. Today the towpaths are footpaths and cyclepaths for families to enjoy. Cars are banished, so it’s on foot, by bike or by barge that you can travel along this long stretch of water.

The Vélodyssée cycle route follows the Loire-Atlantique down the length of the Nantes-Brest canal, passing locks, marshes, forests and picturesque ports to eventually rejoin the untamed River Erdre and the city of Nantes. Houseboats are for hire in Sucé-sur-Erdre and Nort-sur-Erdre.


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