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The Green Way: get yourself some chlorophyll between Morlaix Bay and the Monts d’Arrée.

What could be more inspiring than visiting the very ends of the earth whilst taking time to discover its heritage, culture, food and drink and its markets - and, perhaps its richest treasure: its inhabitants.

At a time when everything is at breakneck speed, when the high cost of fuel restricts our travel, there’s a fantastic solution for getting together and taking time, making the most of the moment. By foot, by bike, whatever you like - have a go on the Green Way!

Cross through out landscape on the Green Way (Voie Verte) number 7 and you’ll be surprised by the birds singing in the trees, the babbling of the river, the tapping of a woodpecker or two. This green artery running through our countryside is dedicated to walking and exploring between the coastal town of Roscoff and the souther town of Rosporden, stretching over some 130 km.

Starting from Morlaix, this former railway track has been resurfaced to suit walkers, cyclists, horse-riders, wheelchair users and those with limited mobility. It opens up the countryside to individuals and groups of family and friends so that you can discover the sumptuous landscapes where rays of light filter through the canopy - without a moment’s worry of a motor anywhere to be seen. From Morlaix viaduct, climb up towards the Ursuline Convent then simply follow the arrows. You’ll pass by the mountains, and move through the Regional Natural Park up to Carhaix, which is the crossroads of this regional network of Green Ways and Cycle trails. The Green Way is also accessible from Coatélan, in Plougonven.
vélo sur la voie verte Monts d'Arrée, Morlaix, Bretagne

If you head north (taking the "plein nord" route), the Green Way will take you to the peaceful delights of the riverside in a bay protected by its Chateau. It winds its way through the scented hills and valleys, allowing you to experience the natural life of the Bay - listen out for sea shanties, try an oyster... in the distance you’ll see the soaring spires of Saint-Pol-de-Léon on the horizon. Next, you’ll see Bloscon, with its sailboats and ferries ready to head out to other Celtic lands. Carry on to the heart of Roscoff, an ancient seaside town with cobbled streets and home to the bike-riding onion-sellers known as "des Johnnies", which we now see as the iconic Frenchman.

If you love roaming and rambling, it’s a good time to book a stay in some of the accommodation that is ideally suited to walkers, all located within 5km of the trail. They open up their doors to you and will spoil you with information about the nearby hidden treasures that you might discover on the next leg of your journey - as well as sharing good company and making new friends.

That just about sums up the Voie Verte n°7: no cars, no danger of being run over, and no great efforts required to enjoy it. This green pathway is easy-going, secure and respectful - just what you’d hope for in any good friend.

Whether it’s for your holidays, a weekend or just for a few hours’ escape, cycling is such a sound environmental choice that it’s ideal - especially if you combine that with a train. Something to consider...!