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Cycling in the Vendee, part 1: Getting there  29/01/2014

When you're planning an active holiday, the Vendee has some of the finest locations on offer. At all of our campsites throughout the region, from St Hilaire and Les Sables, down the coast to Jard sur Mer and Les Conches, you'll be able to take part in all manner of activities, from swimming and watersports to hiking and cycling.With some amazing cycle routes and beautiful natural scenery stretching out in every direction, the Vendee is particularly loved by those who prefer to explore a new country on two wheels. But before you start packing your lycra, there are a few things to bear in mind when it comes to organising a cycle holiday:By carProbably the easiest way to get your cycling equipment to the Vendee from Britain, is by car. Simply head down to Plymouth and take a ferry across to Roscoff in Brittany, then enjoy the scenic drive along the Atlantic coast. The ferry ride takes about six to eight hours, so you may wish to stay in Brittany for the night  before heading down to the Vendee.By trainAlternatively, it is generally quite easy to transport a bike by train and this is the best method if you don't wish to drive, but always make sure to check a rail company's policy on bikes before travelling, as some will only allow them to be transported at certain times of day and may charge you extra for taking a fully-built bike along.Cycle hireA third option, and the easiest in terms of travel, is to hire bikes in Vendee. There are plenty of great cycle hire shops in the region and if you shop around before hand, you're sure to find a good deal. You'll also be able to hire helmets and other safety equipment.If you're travelling with family in a group, it should also be possible to hire tandems and four wheelers at most good outlets, while they should also provide trailers and childrens seats for youngsters.

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