Saint Malo-Hondarribia on EV1

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PacoJones
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Saint Malo-Hondarribia on EV1

Post by PacoJones » Mon May 10, 2021 2:03 pm

Hi all,

Been a keen cyclist for 40 plus years but a bit of a newbie as far as longer distance stuff goes.

I'm planning to meet my cousin in Brittany mid-September (Covid permitting, of course) and then we'll cycle down to Hondarribia just over the Spanish border at which point he'll carry on to Murcia and I'll head to Santander and get the ferry back to Portsmouth.

We'll be using EV1 for most of the route, though probably taking a more direct option where it loops off on cycle-friendly but long detours, and then rejoin it later. We'll use campsites primarily, maybe the odd hotel when camping isn't an option.

Anyone have any experience of that route, recommendations on campsites, that kind of thing? Or any recommendations generally for a novice?

Thanks!

PacoJones
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Re: Saint Malo-Hondarribia on EV1

Post by PacoJones » Wed May 19, 2021 11:06 pm

Nothing at all?

Since the original post, I picked up a good condition Bob Yak trailer as none of my bikes have rack bosses or are rated to carry more weight than I am already, erm, carrying.

So FFS, don't tell me that doing this route with a single wheel trailer is a total no-no.. :grin:

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Re: Saint Malo-Hondarribia on EV1

Post by javatime » Thu May 20, 2021 5:58 am

Whilst someone here may have done the EV1 route, you might also try the Cycling UK Forum. I think it has a specific area for European tours.

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Re: Saint Malo-Hondarribia on EV1

Post by PacoJones » Thu May 20, 2021 7:34 am

Good idea, I'll take a look, thank you.

ton
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Re: Saint Malo-Hondarribia on EV1

Post by ton » Thu May 20, 2021 7:30 pm

hello mate
me and my wife cycled back from Biarritz a couple of year ago. we used the velodyssee route all the way back to Nantes, then riverside and canal side paths back to St Malo.

we hardly touched a road the whole route. the surfaces of the forest tracks below La Rochelle we all very good the tarmac paths further north.

a single wheel trailer will be fine. there are no gates or barriers to handle.

as for camping, we passed lots along the way, many set in nice forested locations, and most with outdoor swimming pools,
the route is very quiet once away from the few town it passes through. wild camping would be ideal.

a quick foodie tip. if you like sea food, the oysters at Marennes are probably the best in the world.

it is a trip we will do again.

PacoJones
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Re: Saint Malo-Hondarribia on EV1

Post by PacoJones » Thu May 20, 2021 8:27 pm

Thanks Ton,

Much appreciated - I know some areas on the route but there's plenty I don't. We may hit a bit more road riding than you as we aim to take the direct route at certain points rather than follow the EV1s more meandering sections.

I'll have a look at Marennes for lunch or dinner!

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