Brittany is blessed with sea on three sides, numerous estuaries, beautiful rivers, scenic lakes/reservoirs and historic canals. All provide walking opportunities of many different kinds, from easy to strenuous. There is also something varied about watery views, particularly on the coast, that makes linear walks more attractive than circuits.

For a challenge on the coast path, try part of the exceptionally impressive stretch between the Pointe de Primel and Locquirec in north-east Finistere, with a stop at the café/bookshop at Poul-Roudou. The cliffs of Plouha on the Côte de Goëlo offer stunning views of the Bay of St-Brieuc: the GR34 from Palus Plage up to the Abbey de Beauport (one of Brittany’s best) is the best bit.

The rivers of Auray (from Port St-Goustan, Morbihan) and Pont l’Abbé (Finistere) both have level paths suitable for wheel-chair access for part of the way. The latter is a favourite with bird-watchers. The Rance, north or south from Dinan is also recommended for easy walking.

In the Abers region of Finistere, the south side of the Aber Benoit and both sides of the Aber Ildut are extremely attractive, regardless of the state of the tide. In the south-eastern corner of the same department, there’s great walking in the Forêt de Carnoët by the Laïta estuary down to the idyllic placed Abbaye de St-Maurice.

Paths suitable for anyone, including wheelchair access, for very short walks are not hard to find. Lac de Guerlédan has two such sections at Beau Rivage (near Caurel) and on the opposite shore at the Anse de Sordan. Another recommendation would be the estuary at Pont l’Abbé, south of Quimper, which is a favourite with bird-watchers and has many well-placed seats. Lac Drennec near Sizun in Finistere has an easy path right round the lake (7kms in all) with excellent views and a café for refreshments. For a traditional seaside stroll, try the promenade at Le-Cast-St-Guildo on the north coast in Côtes d’Armor.

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