DISCOVER

The canal and its medieval towns of character

© LE GAL Yannick

ON THE CANAL, THERE’S SO MUCH TO SEE AND DO

Fed by the river Oust, the canal and its towpaths offer lots of scope for expeditions in tranquil surroundings. Just go with the flow, wander from lock to picturesque village for a change of scenery, enjoy some of the exhilarating activities on offer, and treat yourself to a wonderful break surrounded by nature and history.

WALK, CYCLE, OR GO BY KAYAK OR BOAT

It’s up to you which mode of transport you choose, or you can combine several different methods for a thoroughly relaxing day or couple of days. Canal boats and canoes are a peaceful way of getting along. The specially surfaced paths make walking and cycling pleasant. For a family outing or for keep fit fanatics, the banks of the Oust are easily accessible. The path is part of the epic EuroVelo Route 1 (EV1) and crosses Voie Verte n°3, a greenway that loops towards the forest of Brocéliande. Armchair travellers can always bring their fishing rods and sit in the shade of the ancient trees.

MAGICAL MEETINGS

You’ll make some wonderful discoveries along the way. On the sections where the greenery is at its lushest, you’ll have herons and cormorants for company. At the locks, which are prettily decked out with flowers, people on canal boats call out to each other, groups of ramblers are having their picnics, and the lock keepers are eager to share interesting information about the canal and suggestions about other places to visit nearby. Lovely little cafés and restaurants can be found tucked away in tranquil corners of the countryside, at the moorings in the village of Montertelot,for instance. Near the locks are houses built of local stone, with shops for you to visit.

TWO TREASURES ON THE RIVER

Set on the hillside are two superb towns that are truly worth a visit, where you can wander round the cobbled streets and immerse yourself in history to your heart’s content. Josselin stretches along both sides of the canal, with half-timbered houses and steep narrow streets proclaiming its proud heritage. Its château is both feudal and flamboyant at the same time, towering above the pontoons and overflow basin, opposite the town’s picturesque Ste-Croix district. Malestroit, classed as a ‘Small Town of Character’, still has some of its very old dwelling-places, complete with their original timber beams, skylights and gargoyles. It’s like landing in the Middle Ages

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CONTACT

 

OFFICE DE TOURISME DU PAYS DE JOSSELIN
21 rue Olivier de Clisson
56120 JOSSELIN
02 97 22 36 43
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www.josselin-tourisme.com

 

 

 

OFFICE DE TOURISME DE MALESTROIT
ET DU VAL D'OUST
"Le Pass’Temps"
5-7 rue Sainte Anne
56140 MALESTROIT
02 97 75 45 35
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www.tourisme.ccvol.com

 

 

 

OFFICE DE TOURISME DE PLOËRMEL "TERRES DE LÉGENDES"
5, rue du Val - B.P. 106
56804 PLOERMEL Cedex
02 97 74 02 70
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www.tourisme-ploermel.com

 

© Texte rédigé par Annick André

 

 

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