- At a glance
- Locality & Walks
- Accommodation & Meals
- Travel options
Your Holiday at a Glance
|Independent walking holiday||
|Dates for 2020||
|Accommodation and Meals||
|What's not included||
Brittany's Emerald Coast Walking Holiday
The Emerald coast is home to some of Brittany’s most impressive coastlines, with dramatic rocky headlands jutting into the sea, enclosing picturesque coves of beautiful golden sand. Each day’s walk changes character from the opulent villas of Dinard and the fabulous historic walled town of St Malo to the wild heathland and stunning 70m cliffs of the Frehel Peninsula. Your walking trail follows a beautiful path known as Chemin des Douaniers (Customs’ trail) which for almost all of its length hugs the Brittany coastline passing through a number of pretty sea-side resorts such Saint-Briac, Saint Lunaire, and Erquy. Inbetween you’ll discover sheltered beaches, tiny fishing ports, wild and scenic headlands as well as dramatic wooded coastlines which have a 'lost world' feel to them. Our 5-day self-guided walking holiday selects the best sections of this part of Brittany's coastline and can be shortened or lengthened to tailor it to your wishes.
Walks on this self guided holiday in Brittany are through undulating coastline alternating between easy and moderate walking, distances varying between 15 & 18km per day. On most days the amount of up and downs is no more than 300m. Some days feel harder as they constantly rise and descend, sometimes on steps, and so it is harder to find a rhythm. The paths are well maintained and for the most part well sign posted.
Day by Day
Day 1: Arrival in Saint Malo
Arrive in St Malo by train or ferry. Explore the historic town of St Malo. St-Malo was a fortified island at the mouth of the Rance during the Middle Ages, controlling not only the estuary but the open sea beyond. Now inseparably attached to the mainland, St-Malo is a superb and lively old citadelle. A walk along the top of the old walls is a great way to see the town.
Possibility to book extra night at St Malo.
Also option of booking a boat trip down the Rance Estuary to Dinan and extra night in Dinan. Next day explore the beautiful historic walled town of Dinan &/or walk along the picturesque Rance Estuary. Night in Dinan and transfer to Dinard to start the coastal walk. Note: the boat trips down the estuary are only available on limited dates.
Day 2: Dinard to St Briac
Take the regular and short ferry trip across the mouth of the Rance estuary to reach the attractive seaside resort of Dinard. Your walk to St Briac is a succession of wonderful headlands and coves whilst also admiring the opulent villas built in the 19th century when this area first became a fashionable sea side resort. You’ll visit the pretty resort of St Luniare with its attractive estuary and wide sandy beaches. Further headlands bring you to the picturesque port at St Briac and then its well-preserved historic centre. 16km, +100m
Day 3: St Briac to St Cast le Guildo
Transfer onto the peninsula St Jacut de la Mer. Walk along the coast to reach the ruins of Chateau Guildo keeping guard over the impressive tidal estuary of Arguenon. Now follow the coast along the Arguenon Bay past the mussel farms stretching across the bay with wonderful views of St Jacut peninsula and the island of Hebihens. This partially wooded section has a lost world feel, as you undulate along a rugged coastline. You’ll then return to civilisation and pass large sandy beaches to reach the resort of St Cast le Guildo. 14km, +300m
Day 4: St Cast le Guildo to Cap Frehel
Your day starts by walking around Point de St Cast for exceptional views before following a scenic section of coastline (easier than the previous day) with rocky headlands and small bays with great views towards the Frehel peninsula. You’ll then pass around the secluded bay at Port St Jean, wonderfully remote and cut off. After, you’ll climb to the pretty hamlet of St Germain before descending to the bay at Port à la Duc. Transfer to Pointe de la Latte on the peninsula. 15-18km, +250m
Optional extra day's walking and night at Point de la Latte on the Frehel Peninsula. Your optional walk passes through heathland and pretty farmland to reach the village of Plevenon. Return to the coast and walk the wild and wooded section of the Eastern coast of the Frehel peninsula. Great views as you return to your guest house.
Day 5: Cap Frehel to Sable d’Or les Pins
Cap Fréhel is one of the finest stretches of coastline in northern France. Your walking trail is varied as it not only features wild cliffs, but also golden beaches, pine forests and the 1920’s resort of Sables d’Or les Pins. First you’ll pass Fort de la Latte sitting prominently on the end of the headland. Your trail then heads west as woodland gives way to heathland and the views back along the coast become more extensive. You’ll then reach the Cap Fréhel itself where the sandstone cliffs rise 70m in blocks from the sea and are home to numerous seabirds. There are a number of stunning viewpoints here and on the first section of coastline as you head south past the lighthouses. As you move away from the Cap so you gradually descend with accessible beaches returning at La Fosse and then les Greves. Your trail goes inland through pine forest before rejoining the coast in the unique resort of Sables d’Or les Pins, built between the Wars. 17km, +70m
Possibility to end your walking holiday here to have a 4-day break.
Day 6: Sable d’Or les Pins to Erquy 18km
Your final walking day along Brittany's Emerald Coast starts going around the beautiful golden sands and pine forest at the head of the estuary. You'll then walk around the peninsula of Erquy with dramatic cliffs, beautiful coves and golden sands. Both the peninsulas of Frehel and Erquy are classed as Grande sites and managed for their great natural and historical value. The views are stunning throughout. Your walking holiday finishes at the pretty resort and port of Erquy sitting in a natural bay. 14km, +300m
Day 7: Departure
Transfer to Lamballe train station after breakfast.
Accommodation & Meals
A mixture of styles throughout your Brittany walking holiday with B&Bs, small and friendly guest houses and family run hotels. Good hospitality and comfortable accommodation throughout your stay with ensuite rooms. Tasty regional cuisine. Below you'll find examples of the different types of accommodation we use.
|Maison Bellevue||B&B||A small B&B located close to Forte de la Latte in a remote location on the Frehel Peninsula. Charming and comfortable rooms. Dine in the Creperie attached to the B&B.|
|Hotel Diane||Hotel||A very comfortable 3 star hotel in the heart of the unique resort of Sables d'Or les Pins with warm welcome and tasty cuisine.||3 stars|
Make your own way to your first guest house in St Malo
Brittany Ferries run from Portsmouth to St Malo in Brittany whilst Condor Ferries run from Weymouth and Poole to St Malo. Your guest house is within walking distance of the ferry terminal. If you arrive by car, there are long stay car parks outside of the main historic centre.
Eurostar and the TGV run trains from London to Paris where you need to change and make you way to Paris Montparnasse. Take a TGV train either direct to St Malo or to Rennes and change to take a local ter train to St Malo.
Ryan Air run flights to Dinard from East Midlands. Short taxi journey to St Malo.
Transfer at end of holiday to Lamballe train station.