Summer Strolls

SUMMER STROLLS (with places to eat)

One of the nicest ways to enjoy Brittany’s very varied landscape is by combining a summer stroll with a good meal in an attractive location. Here are some suggestions for getting out and about in the good weather.

The Pointe du Grouin, just east of St Malo, is the last headland before the bay of Mont St-Michel. A stroll here includes close-up views of the Ile des Landes, which is a bird reserve, and Mont St-Michel itself in the distance. For eating, the dining room of La Pointe du Grouin hotel right on the spot with its panoramic views and superb fish dishes is highly recommended. Or drive on the short distance to Cancale, oyster capital of Brittany, and buy some fresh from the harbour stalls.

The town of Redon is well worth a day-trip, especially for canal enthusiasts to visit the inland waterway mecca, La Musée de la Batellerie. Wander through the old port on the banks of the Vilaine which has a picnic spot at the furthest point right by the water. For eating out, the famous and expensive La Bogue (‘Chestnut husk’) restaurant is in a building once used by the Breton parliament in the rue des Etats, or for a warm welcome and good food try the L’Abri Cotier in the central rue des Douves, near the Nantes-Brest canal.


Lac de Guerlédan in the heart of Brittany, has many miles of wooded shore-line with paths near the water for all levels of walking ability. The Forêt de Quenécan to the south is particularly beautiful. And to reward yourself, book for lunch at the Michelin star Grand Maison (menus as low as 27€) in nearby Mur-de-Bretagne for an incredible foodie treat from the kitchen of Christophe Le Fur.

Le Faouët has many walking circuits, including the memorable Chapelle Ste-Barbe in its most unusual setting and beautiful woodland. You can walk there and back from the town in little over an hour, if you don’t want to follow the entire 12km Circuit des Chapelles. Enjoy a good meal in the town centre at stylish Thon Kiri (rue du soleil) with its eclectic menu and good-humoured service.

Guingamp is an interesting town to visit, with a 7km circuit covering all the sights, including the famous Black Madonna statue in the church. You can go into the town hall to see some painting by Pont-Aven artist Paul Sérusier, and in the centre admire the elaborate fountain and medieval houses, especially No.42 place du centre, which has a fine Renaissance doorway. If you are serious about food, book for lunch at La Boissière ( just outside the town. For a cheaper option, Le Creperie du Roy (rue aux Blés) has good crepes and a plat du jour.

Just outside Brest, the beautiful valley of Stang-Alar contains the famous Conservatoire Botanique National with its plant collections and provides the perfect spot for shady strolls. There’s the excellent Creperie Blé Noir near the parking area, or drive a short distance to Moulin Blanc, Brest’s pleasure boat harbour, to eat on board an old ship at Ma Petite Folie – good fun and excellent food.




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