10. 610 France (4/8)
10. 610 France (4/8)
Pays de la Loire

10. 610 France (4/8)

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2720km long in France, the route of Colomban's exile in 610 is divided into 8 parts that can be followed successively or indistinctly. This fourth part of a particularly winding itinerary leaves the Loire after Nantes to head northwards to Brittany.
Around 610, expelled from Luxeuil, Saint Colomban and the Irish monks were taken to Nantes under the guard of armed soldiers who were in charge of taking them on a ship to Ireland. But, barely on board, they managed to escape and, fearing that they would be caught, began an incredible journey through many countries. Most of the journey into exile takes place in France from East to West and then back again after Nantes. The itinerary mainly follows the great rivers and the vineyards often planted on their banks while crossing the historic cities that mark them out.


These two successive crossings of France are not the most direct way to reach the Swiss border to the east of Luxeuil, only 110km away. But they do reflect the strong image of a strong-willed Columban who had left Ireland for good, with no desire to return.

The fourth part (4/8) consists of 14 stages, each averaging 24km per day:

  1. Juigné-sur-Loire - Rochefort-sur-Loire
  2. Rochefort-sur-Loire - Mauges-sur-Loire
  3. Mauges-sur-Loire - Saint-Florent-le-Vieil
  4. Saint-Florent-le-Vieil - le Cellier
  5. le Cellier - Nantes
  6. Nantes - Nort-sur-Erdre
  7. Nort-sur-Erdre - Blain
  8. Blain - Marsac-sur-Don
  9. Marsac-sur-Don - Langon
  10. Langon - Messac
  11. Messac - le Pont Réan
  12. le Pont Réan - Rennes
  13. Rennes - Châteaubourg
  14. Châteaubourg - Vitré
  • Departure : 49610 Juigné-sur-Loire
  • Arrival : 35500 Vitré
  • Towns crossed : Pays de la Loire and Bretagne

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Juigné-sur-Loire is accessible by bus.
Vitré is accessible by bus and train.

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