Ride across the piece of land between the Le Jaudy and Le Trieux rivers on their way out to sea as you pedal along gently rolling country roads, and roll through the busy marina in Paimpol before reaching sleepy Ploubazlanec.
Today’s ride takes you from the cobbled streets of Treguir and the mouth of Le Jaudy through farmland and small hamlets of quaint stone cottages to reach the suspension bridge at Lezardieux which takes you over the La Trieux river. Follow the railway through countryside to reach Paimpol, there are some marina-front cafes, creperies and restaurants where you can stop for refreshments before continuing north along the Cotes d’Armor through farmland to reach the small village of Ploubazlanec.
Paimpol’s bustling marina is a great place to stop for a coffee and crepe and watch the world go by before finishing off the day’s ride to Ploubazlanec.
The route is largely on marked cycle routes, so when cycling on the road please beware of traffic and cycle on the right-hand side of the road if there is no cycle lane. Whilst drivers in France are respectful of the 'velo', please do be mindful of other road users at all times, obeying local road signs and any change in road conditions. Beware of traffic especially when entering and leaving the towns where the traffic flow tends to be highest.
Before starting your ride it’s always worth inspecting your bike for any damage. Check for any damage to the frame, components or wheels. Ensure there are no loose cables and that the tyres are inflated and the brakes are working. Always wear a helmet when cycling. If you are doubtful of the condition of your rental bike please call the office or the local bike hire on the number provided in your information pack.
Always be prepared to cycle through a change of weather conditions and do check for any local weather warnings before cycling. Make sure to bring a waterproof jacket and a warm layer. Most cyclists wear [fingerless] cycle gloves for some padding on the handlebars. Don't forget a spare battery pack for an emergency charge of any navigation unit you may decide to use.
Points of Interest
A site of worship was established on the site of Cathedrale Saint Tugdual (http://www.infobretagne.com/cathedrale-treguier.htm) as early as the 6th century by a Welsh monk named Tugdual and was dedicated to the apostle Andrew. It is thought to be one of the most important monuments along the Côtes-d'Armor and is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful cathedrals in Brittany. It has been rebuilt 4 times; once in the late 10th century, then in the 12th, 13th and 14th centuries.
Musée de la mer, Paimpol
As you’re passing through the town of Paimpol you could stop at the museum – at the time of writing it is open in the afternoon from 2pm - 6:30 pm (http://www.ville-paimpol.fr/musee-de-la-mer/). The museum is housed in a building initially used for drying cod from fishing expeditions. The people of this coastline made their largely from the fishing industry and the museum gives insight into this and the Iceland connection – find out more if you stop by the museum.
Food & Drink
There aren’t any small central supermarkets in Treguir, but there are some boulangeries where you can pick up something for a picnic lunch or snack stop along the way. Make sure to fill your water bottles before leaving. It’s not too far to Paimpol where you can enjoy lunching by the marina, or purchase some food for picnic lunch at the coast.