Axe cyclists enjoy French trip
PUBLISHED: 12:30 04 April 2012
This year St Malo was the destination for 12 enthusiastic Axe Valley Pedallers’ cyclists, including two tandems, on the annual French foray.
After a sociable evening and birthday celebration for one of the party, the tourists enjoyed a calm overnight crossing from Portsmouth arriving to dry, mild weather. They disembarked and had a short, leisurely ride with perfect views of the old walled town to which they were heading for breakfast. Having parked the bikes, they then enjoyed their first taste of coffee, croissants and omelettes looking out over the square and the historic ramparts of the town.
They then headed for the barrage of the river Rance, an impressive hydroelectric dam which crosses the tidal estuary, with magnificent views of the dramatic coast line. Following quiet roads and green cycle routes, they wended their way south, enjoying estuary views then turning west to Pleurtuit, a small picturesque town – stopping, of course, to enjoy the ambience and the best French coffee in a busy, friendly café bar.
The cycling was extremely enjoyable and comfortable, the roads being mostly quiet with plenty of opportunity to enjoy the scenery and take photographs.
After veering north to the coastal village of St Lunaire where they enjoyed a lingering lunch and some time on the beautiful beach in the sunshine, they then headed back east towards St Malo via the lovely town of Dinard with stunning headlands, coves and beaches. When back over the Rance estuary, they had a spot of adventure, choosing to carry the bikes up the steps to a wooded off road track for the last section of the route back to St Malo.
They arrived back to the old town with enough time to explore the streets, views and, in true AVP tradition, the cafes, before boarding for an equally smooth return crossing and the sunny skies of Portsmouth, having had another thoroughly enjoyable cycling trip.
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