The Ille river of Rennes !

As it goes, looking at my vault of pictures found me one that tells me of my entry point to the wonderful pretty city of Rennes and its Ille river. Therefore, here is my take on it, and hope you enjoy it as I. The Ille river passes in the department 35 of Ille-et-Vilaine, in my lovely region of Bretagne/Brittany, and is a right tributary of the Vilaine river in Rennes, of which the deparment is name after.

You take by car the road warrior roads into the Rocade de Rennes N136 exit 13b on the D137 rue St Malo becoming same road N137 passing the bridge on the Canal St Martin look to your left and see the levy house and the peniche boats as in the picture ! Continue on this road rue St Malo into city center by the new tourist office and the congress hall former convent of Jacobins, Fab street where we come many times to eat at resto Back to the 60’s (see posts).

rennes rue St Malo bridge N137 to ille river canal st Martin levies mar14

The Ille flows only in the department of Ille-et-Vilaine in eleven towns. It rises at the border between the towns of Lanrigan, Saint-Léger-des-Prés and Dingé, near the place called la Butte d’Ille or the hill of Ille. The towns it passes are from Dingé (source), Saint-Léger-des-Prés, Lanrigan, Montreuil-sur-Ille, Saint-Médard-sur-Ille, Saint-Germain-sur-Ille, Melesse, Chevaigné, Betton, Saint-Grégoire, and Rennes ( confluence). From upstream to downstream, the Ille has the following tributaries: left bank: the Boulet stream , Andouille river, and the Illet, On the right bank it has the Ille-et-Rance canal , the Ménardière stream , de la Jandière stream , the Touche stream , Ménuchère stream , Quimcampoix stream , Gravelle stream, and the Mare stream,

When it passes through Montreuil-sur-Ille, it joins the Ille-et-Rance canal, then through Saint-Médard-sur-Ille; it then forms the border between Melesse and Saint-Germain-sur-Ille before flowing east of Chevaigné. It ends up passing through Betton, Saint-Grégoire and finally Rennes, where it meets on the right bank at an altitude of 28 meters. The Ille is a natural watercourse but also a 48.7 km canal between Montreuil-sur-Ille and Rennes, the river sometimes runs parallel to the canal, sometimes merges with it. This is the Canal St Martin.

The Ille river is connected to the Rance river by the Ille-et-Rance canal. It thus creates a link between Rennes and Saint-Malo, and therefore between the Atlantic Ocean, where the Vilaine river flows, and the Channel, where the Rance flows. This canal was dug between 1804 and 1832, in total more than 260 structures line this canal, including 48 locks and many bridges.

The Ille et Vilaine dept 35 Haute Bretagne tourist office on Rennes

I have walked a bit but bikers should enjoy it more, here is some ideas from the Metro Rennes tourist office on biking the canal Ille et Rance :

There you have it folks, another nice spot in lovey Rennes! Great for walks along the banks ,and of course, biking/cycling. The area is peaceful and nice; hope you enjoy the post on the Ille river of Rennes.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all !!!

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