This handy, spiral-bound guide provides an invaluable reference source for long-distance walkers, cyclists, and those who simply enjoy ambling by water. It covers the full 365km towpath route across Brittany. A full introduction traces the history of the canal from its origins in Napoleonic times and construction early in the 19th century, through a brief economic heyday and tragic decline, to today’s role as an outstanding leisure resource. The main part of the book gives a section by section analysis of the canal, indicating the towpath route, locks, road junctions and towns and villages on the way. Useful and interesting information about the canal and all its attributes is interspersed throughout the text. Leisure circuits (walking or cycling) that link with the towpath are marked on the maps and details given with links to sources of further information. Practicalities to assist visitors in planning their trip include details of accommodation (hotels, B&Bs, hostels, camping, etc.) and sources of refreshments and provisions close to the canal, as well as details of places of interest to visit in the vicinity.
The Nantes-Brest Canal is also useful if cycling the V1 (green way) or the Velodyssey Atlantic Coast route from Ilfracombe (or Roscoff) to Hendaye.