Bréhat, an island known for its flowers; it has its own micro-climate that favours the growth of amazing, abundant and exotic flora. Bréhat is 3.5 km long and 1.5 km across at its widest point and consists in fact of two islands attached by a single stone bridge. Its proximity to the mainland, 15 minutes by boat, makes it a major destination for a day trip for walkers.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
The circuit forms a figure of eight crossing over itself at the Ar Prad bridge. The island, particularly in the south, is a maze of roads, lanes and paths that often converge, the route shown is not the only one.
Depending on the tide, the boat lands at one of 3 piers on the island.
Head up the street from the harbour and follow the path opposite Chemin de Crech Kerrio (1) to reach the south-east coast, then head along the sea to the north. Leave the village, turn left, continue to Gardenno, head around it and cross the bridge (2).
On the north island, follow the left path to the lighthouse and the Amer du Roséo (3) and head along the coast to the Paon lighthouse at the north end of Bréhat (4). The wildest part is a pleasure for all the senses. The circuit sometimes takes a coastal path through the red rocks, bathed in light and navy salty breeze, and at other times a path running under the cover of moor gorse flowers, with their delicious coconut scent.
Head back to the centre, take the east coast, its small beaches and its intermittently inhabited islands, cross the bridge again and turn right to St. Michel's Chapel (5) with magnificent views across the south island, the tide mill (6), the coast, and the continent.
After a loop that follows lanes lined with stone walls sheltering amazing gardens, head back to the village, its large town square and small shops.
After a short break for food, head back to the harbour as the tide should now be at its lowest and the boats can no longer approach. They await travellers at the end of the longest pier (800 m) running the length of the foreshore that has been uncovered.
D : mi 0 - alt. mi 0
1 : mi 0.06 - alt. mi 0.06 - Chemin de Crech Kerrio
2 : mi 1.54 - alt. mi 1.54 - Pont ar Prad.
3 : mi 2.5 - alt. mi 2.5 - Rosedo Lighthouse.
4 : mi 4.04 - alt. mi 4.04 - Phare du Paon.
5 : mi 6.07 - alt. mi 6.07 - Saint-Michel chapel.
6 : mi 6.46 - alt. mi 6.46 - Birlot tide mill.
A : mi 8.2 - alt. mi 8.2
The trail is easy with the normal conditions of a seaside walk, with several public toilets and drinking water points.
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On the mainland, the village of Ploubazlanec, the charming little port of Loguivy, 10 minutes from the pier.
A little further on you will come to Paimpol with its busy harbour and old streets.
The Pointe de Plougrescant is recognised around the world due to Castel-Meur: the house between the rocks. The hike starts at Saint-Gonery Chapel, equally famous for its crooked lead bell tower. The hike continues via the Baie de l'Enfer where you can admire the Jaudy estuary, then on to Pointe du Château - the most northerly point of this route - to see Castel Meur (private property) and finally to discover the gulf before returning to the departure point along the west coast of the point.
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