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Josselin- Malestroit

6h30 26.0 km

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00.0 – Leave Josselin, taking the towpath for 4km. At the bridge of Saint-Gobrien, turn right to cross it and head for the village (superb pilgrim chapel).
Leave the village leaving the D122 on your right and the chapel on your left. 100m further take a path (VTT – mountain bike trail) on the right, cross a road and head into a woods as far as a field. Turn left and follow the trail. Then turn right and left, come down out of the woods. Having arrived at the path, take a left and get back to the road ; go along it to the right then follow the first path to the right; enter the woods, as far as the lagoon. Go along by it and find an asphalt path then a small road, which you take to the left to arrive at...

1h35 06.7 – … Saint Servant-sur-Oust, go by the front of the church and take Rue de l'Eglise on the right, and a little further the direction of Quily (D 143 – Rue des Granitiers) . Go as far as the junction of Croix Chanu 650m away (beautiful stone Cross on the embankment). Go immediately right in the direction of La Ville Rezo. Bear left after 450 m, pass between the houses and continue via a small path in the woods. Go past a pond on your left. Turn twice right before getting to an asphalt road ; follow it to the left and go straight through two junctions. At the third, bear left towards Launay, then right towards...

2h45 11.3 – … La Ville Clément which you leave to your right. Go down into the woods. After 150m take the path to the left which crosses the stream. After 50m, head onto the path which goes off to the right, as far as the next junction. Go straight ahead opposite; go up into the woods following a track; exiting the woods take the path to the left; go through the village of Le Chêne then that of Praquet (gîte) ; continue along this small road. At the next crossing, turn left and pass by an engraved stone (the numbers written are not the date 1763 ; if 17 is the door, 63 is to be read from right to left ; 36, the sky in numerology) which announces the chapel of Saint Catherine (of Alexandria), built by a hospitaller of St Jean de Jérusalem. 300 m further take a right on the D 174. Cross the D 4 (attention danger) then take the small road to the left which leads to…

3h35 14.5 – … La Grée-aux-Moines. In this village, turn left onto a dirt track. After 1km, get back onto the road, bearing to the left, then again to the left 350m further. Go through La Ville Billy. At the next junction, turn left and go along the valley of the Tromeur for 1.8km before getting to the D 766 near the area of ...

4h30 17.8 – ... Val Néant ( Roc-Saint-André is to the left ; opportunity to get refreshments there and rejoin the canal at this point ; go through the village and take a right onto the towpath before the bridge) Take the D road to the right. Careful; dangerous for the next 250m! Leave it, bearing left towards La Garenne.

In this hamlet, turn left and go along the valley in the direction of the canal, turning first to the right, then to the left at La Ville aux Fliglins. The little road leads to the canal. Take the towpath to the right and keep going for 7km as far as...

6h35 26.6 – … Malestroit. The gîte d'étape (hostel) is to be found in the lock-keeper’s cottage, at the outskirts of the town.