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French Cycle Trip 2014 Rennes to Vitre

elevation_profile Cycling east out of Rennes was fairly straightforward before we got on to the D29 road, which took us almost all the way into Vitre.

The camping municipal de Saint-Etienne was located due south-east, a couple of miles from the city centre, which was great because we could walk in or catch a bus, from just outside the campsite entrance.

Vitre is a well-preserved fortified town that has a wealth of picturesque houses and a medieval, fairytale castle, which is perched on a rocky outcrop. Until the end of the 17th century, Vitre owed its prosperity to the linen cloth industry, which was exported all over Europe and as far away as South America.

We spent a couple of days exploring Vitre before moving on to our next stop, the historic town of Fougeres.

The Chateau de Vitre

The Chateau de Vitre

Rue de Chateau

Rue de Chateau

The Chateau de Vitre

The Chateau de Vitre

Rue Saint-Louis

Rue Saint-Louis


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Tinteniac To Rennes

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The following morning was an easy start, we were getting back on to the canal tow path, which was just by the campsite. Again, the day’s ride was quite easy in terms of cycling and navigation to the next destination, the city of Rennes.

The campsite at Rennes was north-east of the city centre in the Parc des Gazelles. Again, it was a municipal site. As in a lot of French sites, the pitches were separated  by hedging, which I like as it makes your plot a bit more private.

The plan was for us to stay here an extra day and go and explore the old quarter of Rennes, as my son and his girlfriend had recommended it from their visit the previous year.

Well, as all good plans can, and do, change, this one certainly did! It’s amazing how three inconsiderate, noisy idiots can spoil an otherwise peaceful campsite for the rest of us. As it looked as though they were going to be there for a few days, and because we didn’t want to risk another sleepless night, we decided to give up on the visit to Rennes and move on.

So in the morning, we packed up and set off for Vitre.

To be continued ……