Walking for Families

Finding a walk that suits toodlers and teenagers takes a little thought. Although the numerous old railway tracks adapted for walking are easy going underfoot, there may not be much to actively interest young minds, and whilst canal towpaths are a doddle, careful attention at all times is essential, with steep banks and close proximity to the deep water.

On the whole forest walks are a good compromise, with some well-laid tracks and often the bonus of little streams for damming and wading. Huelgoat has the remarkable granite Chaos of massive boulders in all shapes and sizes, to entertain older children with a bit of rock-scrambling, or try an idyllic route away from the crowds out to the old mine, alongside a tiny canal once used to bring water to drive machinery. The Forest of Cranou on the edge of the Monts d’Arrée is especially beautiful and makes a great day out, combined with a visit to the pretty estuary town of Le Faou or the animal park at Menez Meur. This nature reserve has walking trails suitable for all the family, with viewing platforms over the deer valley and wolf compound.

Just west of Rennes, the Forest of Paimpont, also known as Brocéliande, has many associations with the legends of King Arthur. Children will need all their imagination to make Merlin’s tomb exciting, but the Fontaine de Barenton is a truly magical spot for all ages.

The Forest of Fougères in eastern Brittany, with its glorious beech trees, would be a perfect stroll and picnic spot after a visit to the stunning castle in the town. Judy Smith’s Walking Brittany has an easy 5km walk in the forest suitable for all.

For something more spectacular and always a source of fun and amusement for youngsters, take an amble along the famous Pink Granite coast, starting from behind the Gare Maritime in Perros Guirec. This 3km route provides good family entertainment as the incredible rock formations with their weird and wonderful shapes unfold before your eyes.

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