Official tourism website of Lorient South Brittany
Parcourez Lorient Bretagne Sud à vélo, en toute sécurité sur les voies vertes
Explore Lorient Bretagne Sud by bicycle, safely on the greenways
Lorient Bretagne Sud is criss-crossed by numerous cycling routes, including several beautiful greenways, specifically designed for gentle, non-motorised travel.
In the countryside, discover the greenways of the river Blavet or from Quéven to Pont-Scorff. To make the most of the coast, start from Lorient along the greenway from the Kaolins to the Courégant. There you will join the coastal greenway, which heads to Guidel or to Larmor-Plage.
Greenways are separate routes, reserved for non-motorised vehicles, often following former towpaths or railway tracks. They are ideal with children, for a quiet, undisturbed cycle.
Blue, white and green:
the Kaolins Greenway
Over half a day or one day
From the town to the beaches, a great excursion by bicycle, on foot, roller-skates, skateboards, wheelchairs, buggies, scooters or even on horseback…
The Kaolin greenway, from Lorient to Courégant in Ploemeur, is a wonderful outdoor walk, far from the traffic and in complete safety. The route which follows the old railway track is surfaced and hence easily practicable. The starting point is in Kerfichant in Lorient, rue du Gaillec, opposite the supermarket.
“On the outward journey, the path gently descends towards the sea; the return is uphill!”, warns Sylvie Delanoy, an inhabitant of Ploemeur who is used to beautiful walks with her two children and faithful dog. “Nose to the wind, no cars, it’s really great. All the walkers are relaxed and everyone says hi!” The last part of the walk rises to the huge kaolin slag heaps, providing a wonderful panorama over the ocean and the island of Groix. As a reward, you can have a quick drink at le Courégant before heading off again.
Coastal Greenway: from Guidel-Plages to Kerroc'h
The greenway runs along the coast and offers a magnificent view of the ocean and the island of Groix. The route is protected, and easy (a couple of uphill and hence downhill parts). You will pass through a few villages, where you can get supplies: cafés, restaurants and artisanal biscuit shops. You will go along the beaches (remember your swimsuit!)
Be vigilant during the tourist season. You will be sharing the route with pedestrians, who may cross over to get to the beach. From Kerroc’h, you can continue to the centre of Larmor-Plage; some parts of the route on protected and shared path and others on the normal small road.
Departure from Hennebont or Inzinzac-Lochrist
Start from Hennebont, at the foot of the ramparts, at the Pont Jehanne-la-Flamme. You can leave your car in the car park there. Hennebont is also easy to get to using the public transport network. You can also rent bikes in Lochrist and leave from Inzinzac-Lochrist, 6 km from Hennebont.
This very pleasant route is easy and flat, and takes you from lock to lock, often full of flowers, in green, rural environment. You will discover inland Brittany, the magnificent Blavet valley and its meanders with alternating fields and forests.
Over half a day or one day
Starting from Hennebont, you pass the Hennebont Horse Stud and its magnificent buildings. The site can be visited and offers equestrian shows all year round. At La Bergerie, during the high season, you will find a refreshment bar and a restaurant. You reach lock n°28 Polvern: this is the beginning of the canalized Blavet, which is no longer subject to the tides.
In Inzinzac-Lochrist, you can stop off at the Forges industrial museum presenting the history of the Hennebont ironworks and this industrial era. You can also choose go kayaking on the White Water course set up on the river with its boat lift. You can also rent canoes and mix the trip: go by bike, and return by kayak.
Push on to Minazen lock (about 20 km from the departure in Hennebont): the ice-bar offers you a nice lunch stop or you can also picnic on the small island. Take advantage of this shady break to rest before heading back or continuing towards Pontivy.
Greenway from Quéven to Pont-Scorff
From Quéven to Pont-Scorff, 6 km.
Departure from Quéven, rue de la Gare, 200m from the church, in front of the Anatole France school. The route follows the course of an old railway line, through the countryside. Peaceful and shady, it avoids the road, an underpass has been built to cross it.
The route is easy, a little hilly and very quiet.