Brittany walking holiday in France, self guided
Description of Brittany walking holiday in France, self guided
This Brittany walking holiday is a self-guided week of coastal and riverside explorations, interspersed with elegant Breton guesthouses and superb local food. With seven full days of walking, using our detailed and carefully crafted itineraries, your journey starts in Lamballe, where you spend the first of many beautiful Breton nights at a 16th century manor house. From here you head to the coast where the walking begins in the fishing port of Dahouet, located on a pretty inlet that has been used as a fishing port and trading post since the 12th century.
Follow the coast, with stunning views, down to Sables-d'Or-Les-Pins, where long white sandy beaches and dunes bring a smile to the face of any keen swimmer, this definitely being a holiday to pack your swimming gear in your daypack. Walking continues along Brittany’s famous rose granite cliffs, through traditional fishing villages such as Cap d'Erquy, or the elegant town 19th century resort town of Dinard, famous for its ‘belle epoque’ villas. Or you can also take a quick ferry across the bay to St. Malo. This Emerald Coast is packed with jewels wherever you wander, including the hotel that you stay in in Dinard, with views looking out across the Atlantic when you go for the upgraded booking. If you don’t, you will not be short of stunning views all day long as you walk.
Heading inland for the last few days, you follow the River Rance where a waterside trail takes you to the medieval town of Dinan, famous for its magnificent Fort la Latte and all round Middle Ages magnificence. Your final day of walking is in the similarly ancient Hunaudaye Forest, where you will come across the 13th century Chateau de la Hunaudaye, a site of many battles for power during the dukedom era. The walking tour ends back in Lamballe, after a week of taking in some of Brittany’s most beautiful landscapes and places to stay.
Planet and peopleUK Office:
We are well aware of the impact tourism has at home and abroad, and we make every effort to balance the environmental impact of travelling with the immense benefits sustainable tourism can bring to destinations and the people who live there. So we start in the office: we turn off all electrical equipment every night; we use energy-efficient bulbs; we measure print and paper consumption, and re-cycle wherever possible; we print our brochures on paper from sustainable sources, and send them out in bio-degradable packaging.
Leaders & local suppliers:
Brittany is the cider capital of France so we’ve searched out lots of little family-run “cidreries” and highlighted them on our walking route notes. We recognise however that buying glass bottles whilst walking is perhaps not to be recommended so we also offer a complimentary cider pick up service: simply pay the owners direct for any purchases, then call our reps and they’ll collect them for you and deliver them to your car and final hotel. A great perk for self-drivers who prefer to buy local rather than over-priced, mass market from the channel ports!
Our staff suggest places to see and visit locally. Many of our overseas staff have worked for us for many years now – in fact, the 20 returning staff this summer have, between them, clocked up an impressive 189 years!
Having no minimum number means that groups sizes can be small and therefore the trips have less impact on the environment.
Walking has minimal impact on the environment as you provide most of the energy yourself and, when you’re strolling from village to village, you can enjoy a relationship with locals in a way motorists passing through never can. On foot, you get off the beaten track, and you’ll find that people treat you as a visitor rather than a tourist. Also, by walking independently, and not having to worry about keeping up with a group, you set the pace so you can soak up the sights, sounds and scents of your surrounds and really get under the skin of the place you’re visiting.
We proactively encourage walking clients to think about travelling responsibly too: packing light, saving water, buying locally and re-cycling all maps and route notes at the end of their trip.