- At a glance
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Your Holiday at a Glance
|Independent walking holiday||
|Dates for 2020||
|Accommodation and Meals||
|What's not included||
Brittany's Granite Coast Walking Holiday
Brittany's Cote de Granit Rose or Pink Granite Coast, part of the Cotes d'Armor, so-called because of the colour of its rocks, is not only one of the most beautiful stretches of Brittany’s coastline, but one of the most lovely and dramatic stretches of coast in Europe. The area is renowned for its unusual rock formations, the most dramatic of which can be found on the coastal path between Perros-Guirec and the port of Ploumanac’h. The GR34 or sentier de douaniers, a former coastguard footpath, winds among fantastically shaped rocks that have been weathered by centuries of wind and tide, interspersed with countless rock pools, sandy coves and stunning views and seascapes.
In addition, other sections of coast have wild cliffs and peninsulas, dramatic estuaries and pretty fishing ports. The undulating hills behind the coast are covered with pine trees, gorse, heather and wild flowers whilst in front are a myriad of off-shore islands some of which can be walked to at low tide. The area is also peppered with picturesque villages, medieval religious monuments and prehistoric standing stones and burial mounds. Our 8-day self-guided walking holiday which starts at the pretty town of Treguier and finishes at Morlaix can also be booked as two separate holidays with 4 walkings days each.
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On this independent walking holiday in Brittany you have 8 walks moving between guest houses, averaging about 20km with ascents between 50m and 500m in a day. The days vary between gentle walking and harder days with more climbs and descents. Paths are generally good and it follows a well way-marked GR trail for the most part. Some small sections are stony, muddy and steep.
Day by Day
Day 1: Arrival in Treguier
Arrive in Treguier. Transfer from Lannion if required (see travel options). Explore the small historic town of Treguier, which has a splendid cathedral, a pretty waterside harbour, where you’ll find a selection of restaurants and cafes, and streets with half-timbered houses dating from the 15th century.
Day 2: Treguier to Ralevy
Short transfer from Treguier and then you will follow the GR34 trail which will take you out along the quiet banks of the Jaudy estuary. The landscape changes as you walk through old fishing ports to rocky inlets. You will pass the sheltered Baie de l'Enfer, a haven for overwintering birds before walking up the eastern side of the Plougrescant headland to Pointe du Chateau the most northerly point along the Brittany coast. The large granite rocks make this a wild and impressive spot with magnificient views in all directions. Further round you reach Castel-Meur, also known as La Maison du Gouffre or “the house between the rocks;” a cottage wedged between two huge jagged rocks. You then follow the western side of the headland with beautiful seascapes from places like Pors Scaff to reach Ralevy. 16km, +160m
Day 3: Ralevy to Perros Guirec
Again following the GR34, at low tide you can take the beach round to Bugeles, where the seascapes are amazing; the promontory is ringed with islands. The wild and rocky coastline gives way to sandy and pebble beaches. The arc of sand that is Trestel Plage leads to a wooded section on the approach to Perros Guirec. Only 8km out to sea from here is the Archipelago of the Sept Iles, one of Brittany's most important bird reserves with puffins and gannets. Boat trips available from the jetty at Plage de Trestaou. Short transfer to your accommodation in Perros Guirec. 21km, +300m
Day 4: Perros Guirec to Kerenoc
You begin today by following the sentier des douaniers or custom's officer's path, to Ploumanac'h. This section is what gives the area its name, the Pink Granite Coast. Strange rock formations abound for all today's walk. A walk to the top of the headland brings you to Pors Kamor with its unusual lighthouse before heading round to the harbour at Ploumanac'h. Further round you meet the causeway to the island of Ile Renote and on past bays of orange sand to Coz Porz (boat trips available from the jetty). Around the Pointe de Landrellec there are wonderful views of the islands before heading inland to your overnight stop. 22km, +50m
Optional Day: Extra day if you wish to explore some inland scenery including many prehistoric sites, plus Ile Grand and continue to the beaches at Trebeurden. 18km, +150m
Day 5: Trebeurden to Lannion
After a short transfer to Trebeurden, the scenery changes dramatically as you go up and down high cliffs to reach Pointe de Beg Leguer and Pointe Servel at 60m above the sea with great views over Lannion Bay before you follow the narrow Leguer Estuary to Lannion. Highlights along the route include the Vallee de Gaos Lagorn and the views from the Pointe Servel. The estuary walk eventually leads you down to the tow path beside the river and into the town of Lannion. 16km, +250m.
If you wish to undertake the walk in two parts your first holiday ends here and your second holiday starts here.
Day 6: Lannion to Locquirec
The route from Lannion heads through woodland along the banks of the river Leguer onto wild open cliffs. You round the high granite cliffs of Le Yaudet where there are pre-historic & Roman remains. Then descend to the charming Baie de la Vierge with its Pont Rous and then onto the idyllic cove of Kiriou. Walk round the Pointe de Dourven with its views across the bay to reach the sheltered location of Locquemeau. From here it's an extended cliff top path with exposed cliffs and rocky scrambles before reaching the seafront at St Michel en Greve. From here you have a transfer to the charming port of Locquirec which has 9 different beaches. 20km, +360m
Day 7: Locquirec to Plougasnou
After navigating the headland around Locquirec, today’s walk is for the most part remote and wild, with paths that wind along the north facing cliffs. Sections of the footpath are not for the faint hearted. However there are some warning signs and there are several alternative routes and diversions that can be taken, for example, to visit St Jean du Doigt with its famous church and fountain. You head inland for your overnight stop in the centre of the village of Plougasnou. 20km, +500m
Day 8: Plougasnou to Plouezoc'h (Bren)
From Plougasnou, you will make your way back to the coastal path, which for the most part of today’s walk will hug the shoreline. Today has a lot of headlands to navigate around, so there are opportunities to cut off some distance if needed, though you would miss out on the views from these promontories, such as Pointe de Primel with its east and west facing beaches and Pointe Analouesten with its 'sight guide' to explain the landmarks from this superb viewpoint. You will also get views of the many small islands out to sea from the St Samson to Terenez coastal path. 21km, +170m
Day 9: Plouezoc'h (Bren) to Morlaix
Today you follow the GR34 all the way into Morlaix. You don’t hug the coastline for the last 2 thirds as the main road, D76 has that honour. However, you do head inland along one of Brittany’s ancient pilgrim routes to Santiago de Compostella. Before that you can visit the ancient Cairn of Barnenez and visit the oyster fishing ports of Le Palud de Keremel and Le Dourduff en Mer. One of the highlights is the historic centre of Morlaix with its medieval houses and harbour with great views to be had from the higher streets in Morlaix. 18km, +150m
Day 10: Departure
Walking holiday finishes after breakfast and onward travel
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.
|Hotel Le St Yves||Hotel||Located at the foot of the Cathedral Saint Tugdual in Treguier, this small hotel with 8 beautiful rooms, has a terrace with views of the garden and an on-site bar.|
|Hotel Ker Mor||Hotel||The hotel has direct access to the Trestraou beach in Perros Guirec and its restaurant has panoramic ocean views.|
Make your own way to your first guest house in Treguier or a transfer can be provided from Lannion if required.
The nearest ferry Brittany Ferries port is Roscoff. Brittany Ferries run services from Plymouth to Roscoff. Further afield there are also ferries from Portsmouth to St Malo in Brittany whilst Condor Ferries run from Weymouth and Poole to St Malo.
From Roscoff you can catch a train to Morlaix and then a regular bus service from Morlaix to Lannion. Transfer from Lannion to Treguier included in holiday price.
Flights to Brest, then after bus services to join Brest train station and train to Morlaix and bus to Lannion. Transfer from Lannion to Treguier included in holiday price.
Flights to Rennes then after heading to Rennes train station, take train to Lannion (towards Brest) changing at St Brieuc. Transfer from Lannion to Treguier included in holiday price.
If you have arrived at Roscoff by ferry you can catch a a train to Morlaix and then a regular bus service from Morlaix to Lannion. Transfer from Lannion to Treguier included in holiday price.
If you have arrived at Brest airport, take a bus to centre and then train from Brest station to Morlaix and bus to Lannion. Transfer from Lannion to Treguier included in holiday price.
If you have arrived at Rennes airport, take a bus to centre and then train from Rennes station to Lannion (towards Brest) changing at St Brieuc. Transfer from Lannion to Treguier included in holiday price.
If you are coming from Paris, take direct train to Rennes and then change for trains to St Brieuc. Change for trains towards Brest and alight at Lannion. Transfer from Lannion to Treguier included in holiday price.
If you choose to drive to Treguier, then at the end of the holiday in Morlaix take the regular bus service from Morlaix to Lannion. Transfer from Lannion to Treguier included in holiday price. Contact us for information about parking during your walking holiday.