Picnic Spots and Spring Walks

Now the weather is so inviting, days out with a walk and a picnic lunch in a nice spot are the order of the day. Here are some ideas for combining a bit of exercise with sitting and looking! Each destination is well worth the trip.


1)  Cap Frehel (Côtes d’Armor): the wild landscape is hard to beat for dramatic views. Walking the coast path a few kilometres in either direction (the amazing Fort La Latte is 90 min away on foot to the east) will bring you peace and quiet.

2)  Pointe de Pen Hir (near Camaret, Finistere): sit on the magnificent rocks looking out into the Atlantic, then walk eastwards on the coast path with a chance to swim at Plage de Veryac’h.

3)  Pointe de Bilgroix: the Presqu’ile de Rhuys is the least well-know arm of the Gulf of Morbihan, and this spot is on the dividing line between gulf and open sea. Great for boat-watching, then walk east with good views of the islands.

4)  Pointe du Milier (Cap Sizun, Finistere): from the parking area walk towards the point but for a shady lunch spot turn off to the idyllic location of the Moulin de Keriolet. Views from the point over the Bay of Douarnenez, and a demanding coastal path to east and west.


1)  Montertelot (between Malestroit and Ploërmel): this haven on the Nantes-Brest canal is hard to beat for peace and tranquillity. Sit and dream, then stroll along the towpath or follow a walking circuit of 8km.

2)  Near Le Faouët (Morbihan): turn off the D769 at junction with D132 and park. Picnic tables and seats a little way along the path by the river. Beautiful waterside walking, or for the more energetic, cross the D132 and go up through the wood to Chapelle Ste-Barbe.

3)  Moros estuary (near Concarneau, off D783): very peaceful spot once away from the main road and plenty of places to sit and enjoy the watery views. Allow 1.5 hours to do a circuit of the estuary crossing at the water station at Le Brunec (parking).

4)  Etang de Val (St-Just, Ille-et-Vilaine): enjoy a picnic by this secluded lake, then walk (steep ascent) or drive up to the Landes de Cojoux to see the fabulous Neolithic site. There’s a marked 13km circuit taking in the stones and lake.

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