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La Vélodyssée  (the coastal path)

 

The cycle path along the coast, both directions North and South, is famous. It is known as the La Vélodyssée and stretches hundreds of miles from St. Brevin les Pins in the North, to Spain in the South. You can pick it up in Brétignolles-sur-Mer and enjoy cycling along the great coastal path in either direction.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Easy ride to the coastal path

 

 

Directions:  map

 

 

(4.5 miles/ 30 mins to reach Vélodyssée)

 

1. Exit Dolphin Gites by turning right, contrary to the one way.

2. At the main road (D12), turn right. Continue along main road for about half km, taking care if you are cycling with young children. 

3. Take the 2nd left (chemin de Cormier) and continue into the countryside, past the horse stables on your right.

5. After the horse stables, about 100 mts further on, turn right on newly graveled road.

6. Continue along gravel road until junction, then turn right onto rue des Fontaines.

7. Continue right for about half km, then turn left (1st proper left turn).

8. Continue more or less in a straight line for about 4km, crossing crossroads, etc until you arrive at the sea and the coastal cycle path (La Vélodyssée).

 

Turn left and head towards Bretignolles-sur-Mer, or right and head towards St Gilles Croix-de-Vie.

 

 

The Normandelière  Beach (ride)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Directions to the Normandeliere: 

 

(3 miles/ 20 mins to reach the beach)

 

1. Exit Dolphin Gites by turning right, contrary to the one way.

2. At the main road (D12), turn right. Continue along main road for about half km, taking care if you are cycling with young children. 

3. Take the 2nd left (chemin de Cormier) and continue into the countryside, past the horse stables on your right.

4. Follow the road until you reach the main Bretignolles road and cross the main road turning right on to the cycle path.

5. Follow cycle path until first left turn into housing estate

6. Follow road, keeping right at the bend, until you reach the T junction at the end

7. At T junction, turn left then immediately right on to gravel road

8. Follow gravel road until reach main road and carefully cross main road

9. Continue along country road towards the coast. 

10. At the end of road, turn right and then left at the roundabout.

11. Follow the pedestrian path to La Normandelière Beach

12. Lock up your bikes at the restaurant and enjoy Moules Frites.

 

 

 

The Jaunay Lake:

 

a more challenging ride  

 

The Jaunay lake is the inland local reservoir. It is a very scenic landscape of water, hills and forest and is very beautiful. The cycle ride to and around the lake is quite challenging for the inexperienced cyclist, although very enjoyable with fabulous views and great countryside.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Take a picnic, or have lunch at the Pré restaurant on the banks of the lake. Most of the ride is on small roads and dirt tracks, although a couple of miles are on the main road so take this into account when planning your ride. There are some hills and some of the tracks are quite narrow, especially around the lake. It takes about 40 minutes to reach the lake. 

 

 

 

 

 

The Jaunay Lake

 

 

Directions (to the lake):  map

 

(10 miles/ 2-3 hours return)

 

1. Exit Dolphin Gites turning left (East) on main road (D40) & take care with children by perhaps riding on pavement, until you reach main roundabout on D32. 

2. Cross the roundabout and take small road into the housing estate

3. Continue straight for about 500m until you reach a dirt track off to right 

4. Follow dirt track until you reach the road and turn right. At this point directions become complicated, so simply follow map (see above), or your GPS. There are various routes to the lake. Set GPS for Roche Guillaume (cycle past chateau and turn left at bottom of hill on a path direct to the lake, then turn right at the lake).

 

Below - Chateau of Roche Guillaume (on-route, close to the lake)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Le Marais, near Brem sur-Mer  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bike Hire

 

We recommend PSL Bike at Brem-sur-mer. They are reasonably priced and will deliver the bikes to your gîte if you hire them for a minimum of 2 days, otherwise, you can leave you car in the car park while you enjoy your ride. Brem-sur-mer is on the coast so you have direct access to the coastal cycle path (La Vélodyssée).

 

PSL Bike 

Brem-sur-mer

Tel. 02 51 22 12 98      www.pslbike.com

 

 

 

Other Routes

 

There are many more cycle routes in the local area. For example, exploring the trails across the valley of the Jaunay river, through the bocage countryside, etc. Many of these routes are directly accessible from Dolphin Gites.

 

Many of these cycle routes are numbered, coloured and sign-posted along the way.

 

You can pick up  good 'cycle route map' from the tourist information in Bretignolles-sur-Mer with all the cycle routes marked on. 

 

 

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