The Narrow Gauge railway from Gouarec to Bon Repos
The Narrow Gauge Railway at Gouarec.
Who could have imagined when we started our cycling holidays in 1989 that we'd have something like this on our doorstep... At one time much of rural France and the whole of Brittany was linked by the 'petit train' or 1m narrow-gauge railway. It's hard to believe that thousands of km of track vanished, but at Gouarec a dedicated team of enthusiasts have managed to persuade the authorities to reopen the 3 km section between Bon Repos and Gouarec. See the Petit Train de Gouarec website here
Running parallel to the canal this is a gorgeous line and regular trains will be running on it for the first time this summer. The station buildings at both Bon Repos and Gouarec are the ends of the line and the station at Bon Repos houses a lovely little museum detailing the history of the narrow gauge and of the Bon Repos – Gouarec section.
Of course this is another addition to the many attractions of the area around our campsite at Gouarec. It's just a 20 minute cycle down to the station at Bon Repos, or you can start at Gouarec and take the ride there-and-back.